(From BBC News)
People across Japan have been urged to take precautions against a heatwave that has killed about 30 people.
Thousands more have sought hospital treatment for heat-related conditions over the past two weeks.
Temperatures reached 40.7C (105F) in central Japan earlier this week, a five-year nationwide peak.
In the city of Kyoto temperatures have stood above 38C (100.4F) for seven days in a row for the first time since records began in the 19th Century.
The Japanese education ministry told schools to take thorough measures to prevent heat stroke after a six-year-old boy died following an outdoor class in Aichi Prefecture on Tuesday.