• 0

    SimondB

    I'm in favour because Japan's time is already way out of synch. It is the same time in East Russia as it is in Japan. Even before talking about daylight saving it needs adjusting by a least an hour. But it won't happen and here are a few reasons why:

    The fear that office workers won't go home if it is still daylight.

    The extra daylight upsets the cows

    The extra daylight has an adverse effect on plants and makes them sprout and blossom too early. It also makes glaciers melt quicker.

    The extra hour of strong daylight fades the curtains and blinds.

    We already have global warming. Do we really need to add extra sunshine and heat to the planet?

  • 5

    SaikoPhysco

    Not so much in favor of Daylight savings.... but I am a proponent of Japan permanently moving its clocks 1 hour forward. For much of the summer the Sun in Japan rises at 4:30AM. Such a waste. Just move it permanently.

  • -2

    MsDelicious

    Tokyo is almost an hour behind Kyoto. Move the clock ahead two hours across the country.

    And Simond is totally correct. I confided in some cows and they are totally against it.

  • 7

    zichi

    Tokyo is almost an hour behind Kyoto

    Where is that coming from?

    These's only JST and the center of time is near in Kobe, Akashi Municipal Planetarium, located exactly on 135°E longitude, and known as a symbol of Japan Standard Time. It's got a big Seiko clock. 9 hours ahead of UTC, i.e. it is UTC+09:00.

  • 4

    Mohamad Farouq Arifin

    Of course, having sun already blaring before 5 AM is not fun at all. Could be worse, though, I pity those folks in Sapporo having even earlier sunrise before 4 AM and sunset at around 7 PM. Those glorious evening sun advantage at higher latitude is totally wasted in Hokkaido... https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/japan/sapporo?month=6

  • 2

    goldorak

    @simon, quite a surreal post you have here! I hope that's some sort of 'green-sarcasm'!?

    Agree with a few posters, I'd rather have daylight till around 10.30pm ish (similar to the west part of Europe which borders the Atlantic ocean) in summer than 5am sunsets/9pm sunrise like we have in Japan or Oz.

    @zichi, I think MSD meant 'actual' sunrise/sunset times. There isn't an hour difference between Tokyo and Kyoto though, more like 15-30min as there is roughly 30-45min between Tokyo and West Kyushu.

  • 1

    Patricia Yarrow

    No. Let's just learn to live with nature, already. I love that Japan has not fallen for the false-flag of DST.

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    Just tell the companies that it'll allow them to get away with illegal overtime more easily because the sun will be out longer and it won't feel like any should be getting home since it's not dark. Say that and they'll stop the, "Bb-b-b-but it would throw Japan into chaos!" arguments.

  • -1

    Tsuchifumazu

    @simon

    Great post. Very funny. Who needs an extra hour of sunlight anyway.

  • 2

    SaikoPhysco

    On June 20th, 2017, in Kyoto, the Sun will rise at 4:43AM. In Tokyo on the same day the Sun will rise at 4:25AM. In Sapporo, same day, 3:55AM. In Boston, MA, with Daylight Savings, the Sun will rise at 5:09AM and Set at 8:14PM.

  • -1

    John-San

    I remember My first summer.I was awaken at 3.45 hours toand it is starting to get light. I up and went for a walk and a swim and back by 5.00am I now have 2 hours to kill. so I when back to bed. Yes daylight saving Yes who need an extra 2 hours in the morning. Even the farmers still start at 7.00. It may be good for golfers to get round in before work.and that about it.

  • 2

    Aly Rustom

    No unless you are going to keep DST all year around. But switching screws up people's body clocks. Best to leave it as is. The way Japan does it now is fine.

  • 2

    RealityofFake

    I'm not in favor of daylight savings time and the switching of clocks an hour forward and an hour backwards. Always hated it when I was in the states. And with a big country, it's hard to find a good fit where people in most cities are satisfied with the amount of sunlight. Most people here are complaining the sun is up too early for them. Just get some better curtains, lol. But really, daylight savings time isn't the solution to this. It would be changing Japan's time zone. Although I'm not in favor of that either. It is already ridiculously hot here in the summer, and an extra hour of sunlight in the evening isn't going to help anything.

  • 0

    Disillusioned

    DST makes no difference to people who start work at 10am. DST is a good thing for early starters as it gives plenty of daylight to do something in the afternoons. It works very well in Australia because most people start work between 7 and 9am. You have time to go for a surf, have a BBQ or even mow the lawn in the evening. However, the lifestyle in japan is very different and there would be little or no advantage to having extra daylight hours in the afternoons.

    Also, I think those comments about upsetting the body clock are quite petty. It's one flipping hour, not 6 hours.

  • 2

    SaikoPhysco

    Guess it depends on what you grew up with.... me, I absolutely loved Daylight Savings Time. The extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day was great.... we could play baseball, basketball and other sports for an extra hour and our parents could watch TV in peace for that extra hour too.

  • 5

    Strangerland

    As others have said, Japan is already in the wrong timezone. It gets dark too early both in the summer and winter. Daylight savings time would somewhat alleviate that. But shifting timezones for the full year without DST would be better.

  • 8

    JeffLee

    "No. Let's just learn to live with nature, already"

    Clocks are not "nature." Living by a set of digital numbers is not "nature." They are humans' doing. DST is a way of adjusting clocks so the sun's movements are better aligned to human activity. Wake up near or shortly after sun rises, go to bed not long after the sun sets.

    How hard is this for people to figure out?

  • 1

    Strangerland

    Yeah, if we were doing things naturally, we'd rise when the sun does, not when a clock tells us to.

  • 0

    Triring

    Or we could adopt the time keeping of the past where a day is always twelve hours and the length of an hour varies based on sunrise and sunset in which it was always 6 o'clock at sunrise and always 6 at sunset regardless of the calendar.

  • 5

    dcog9065

    Yes, the 4am sunrise in Summer is absurd

  • -1

    inkochi

    I could never get used to evenings falling earlier and earlier in autumn in Tokyo and Yokohama, nor later and later in summer in the west such as in Nagasaki, where daylight savings would make the sun go down in June after 9pm

    Or coming home from a summer all-nighter and it is still 4 am.

    The problem is that Japan is so far east in its time zone before swinging right to become so far west in its time zone. South Korea, which has daylight saving is less wide and so does not have Japan's problem

    I doubt that they will institute different time zones here, and daylight saving is akin to that.

    I suppose then that in Japan the times somehow won't change.

  • -1

    Jtsnose

    Anything which will save energy, preserve and be beneficial to the Earth's atmosphere, I am for. Daylight savings time is one.

  • 0

    Disillusioned

    Yes, the 4am sunrise in Summer is absurd

    Actually, not if you are surfer who likes to be in the water before the masses of town-clowns arrive. It's the only time you'll get waves to yourself (just about).

  • 1

    zichi

    In the summer good to get up at 4am and get the heavy work done before the heat hits. When I was in Italy, we started very early in the summer about 5am.Knock off at 10am until 4pm and then work again until 8pm. Lived in Japanese farming village for a decade and in the summer the farmers started soon after sunset and back home before the midday heat. Then out again in the late afternoon.

    It would be better if Japan were more flexible about starting and finishing times for work.

    I have to communicate across several time zones, Europe and America and hate it when they change their clocks because my schedules get messed up.

  • -2

    SenseNotSoCommon

    Let's just learn to live with nature, already

    What's nature got to do with deciding JST?

    The only reason it exists is because Tokyo doesn't want to on the same time as China.

  • 1

    Triring

    A 15 degree difference in Longitude equates to an hour difference.

    Bejing is E116.17, Tokyo is located at E139.46, Akashi or Japan Standard Time Meridian is 135°0' 11.1"E which is more than 15 degrees. As for two time zones Naha is E127.42 while Kushiro is located E144.23 neither is 15 degrees away from the JSTM so Japan does not need two.

  • -1

    gogogo

    DST is the best, it is literally saving daylight that otherwise you would sleep through. I only people that seem to hate it is the Americans.

  • 3

    NZ2011

    I think shifting the time all year around should be looked at.. whats the point of blazing sun at 4:30 in the morning..

  • -2

    GyGene

    gogogo, the reason we Beikokujins hate it is because we have it! We know what a mess it is. I hate it. Just stop moving the clocks around, dagnabbedit.

  • 2

    borscht

    Okay, it's about 5:30 PM aand getting dark. At 5:30 AM the sun was up and chipper. From 5:30 to about 7:00 people slept. Now that they're awake, it's dark and everyone can go home to TV-land or work til 11:00 PM. Set the clock back an hour or two so people can get some sunlight in their leisure lives!

  • 0

    UK9393

    The ‘working day’, that very modern partitioning of time is to blame, before electric light, even gas light, we’d sleep in four or so hour stints, get up, do stuff, and then go back to sleep. A move towards that is going to slowly creep back as most all jobs and labor are given over to AI and robots, profits will be paid from their endeavours to populations through the state, and humanity will have a chance to really explore the mind, intellect, art and space. Both outer and inner.

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