Sweatin' the Kyoto Cool

Don't call the fashion police just yet. As part of its campaign to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 6% of 1990 levels by 2012 (under the Kyoto Protocol), Japan has figured out a way to save energy with style: no tie, no jacket, no buttoning up. Dubbed "Cool Biz" (kuuru bizu), the new casual has officials and executives shedding their signature suits a la Clark Kent this summer and raising office thermostats 5°F, to a wilting 82.4°. Aptly dressed in casual clothes, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi hopes to save the second largest importer of oil 81 million gal. each summer. But the...

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