Tokyo: Sunlight hours in parts of Japan
were among the shortest in more than half a century for July,
reflecting a longer-than-usual rainy season and threatening
agricultural production, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Sunlight hours were only 54 percent of the annual
average in the areas adjoining to Sea of Japan, Hokkaido and
Tohoku for the July month, heading for the shortest sunlight
hours since 1946.
The Sea of Japan areas of western Kinki, Chugoku and
Kyushu regions were sunlit only 50 percent of the average
during the month, the agency said in a preliminary report.
The rainy season is expected to become the longest on
record for the Kinki region, except in 1993 when the agency
did not determine the end of the rainy season because of an
exceptionally cold summer.