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This is how the Japanese are coping with a record-setting heatwave

A volunteer, for recovery work, wipes his sweat as he takes a break in a heat wave at a flood affected area in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, July 14, 2018.
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Life in a sauna.
By Echo Huang
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Japan is currently battling a deadly heatwave, which has left 65 people dead and more than 22,000 hospitalized. The national weather agency declared the heatwave a natural disaster.

Kumagaya, a city northwest of Tokyo in Saitma prefecture, recorded the country’s highest ever temperature of 41.1° C (106° F) yesterday (Monday), 12° C higher than the average July temperature for Japan. It broke the previous record of 41° C recorded in Ekawasaki on the island of Shikoku in August 2013. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike likened the heatwave to “living in a sauna.”

Nearby South Korea is also undergoing a heatwave, recording a temperature of 40.3° C (104.54° F) today (Tuesday) in the south of the country, the highest since record keeping began in 1907.

Here’s how some people in Japan are living with the sweltering temperatures.

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A volunteer for recovery work uses a pack of refrigerant to a cool down as she takes a break at a flood-affected area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.
AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
A woman holds a portable fan at a business district in Tokyo.
Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A man uses a fan as he walks on a street in Tokyo.
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A businessman wipes his face while walking on a street in Tokyo on July 23.
AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
People cool down under cooling mist in Tokyo.
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A woman wearing a yukata, or summer kimono, splashes water onto the hot asphalt in Tokyo, in an old Japanese tradition called uchimizu which is meant to cool down the air as the water evaporates.
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Children splash water during the uchimizu ritual, prior to a countdown event to mark two years until the opening of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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Children play in water jets at a park near Nerima in Tokyo.
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A worker stands in front of a fan spraying mist at the construction site of the New National Stadium, the main stadium of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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Electrical fans are seen at the construction site of the New National Stadium.

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