Japanese politicians given a dressing down

Edict to dress down leaves Japanese men hot under the collar. Since early June, Junichiro Koizumi has been exhorting his ministers, bureaucrats and the corporate world to discard their ties and jackets to make themselves cooler and so reduce electricity use from air conditioners in offices. That, in turn, will reduce global warming, he hopes.
The Telegraph (UK), 6 Jul 2005