We asked the person who works for Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) and graduated from our high school about the countermeasures against heatstroke.
What we learned
・Renewal of the pavement of roads of road, installation of rest area and nurse’s office are running. → The marathon track is painted to contain water and thermal insulation. Nurse’s office will be installed one or more at each stadium. First-aid rooms, medical offices will be installed at the Olympic village.
・There is no project about heat in IOC. → Measures of heat was not emphasized before. The heat of Tokyo Olympics is unusual for IOC.
This is the table which compared the temperatures in the cities which had the Olympics. Refer to：5-12歩行者空間の快適性-東京オリンピック・パラリンピック準備局
Year by year, both temperature and humidity in the host cities has been rising so we need to be careful of the climate.
・Earlier treatments are the keys to reduce serious conditions of heatstroke patients. → It is planned immediately to strengthen the measures like patrol and call by volunteer to let audience notice their initial symptoms of heatstroke. Also, it is planned to get the cooperation of doctors.
・It is hard to spread the information to audience. → Athletes can know how harsh Japan’s summer is because JOC informs their Olympic Committees of the situation. However, the audience may not be informed adequately, and the only sources that they can get are the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and the Ministry of the Environment.
・Information will be provided in English, French and Japanese in application when Tokyo Olympics is close at hand. → To set up a link to a website which informs weather conditions, it is possible to send the information to many people who use the application.
In conclusion, Japan’s heat is exceptional and the measures of heat which have never done are needed. Some measures to reduce the patience of heatstroke have been running, so we have to strengthen measures of raising the awareness of Japan’s heat and heatstroke.
We will show our ideas of how to prevent heatstroke at Tokyo Olympics on the next page.