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Japan Heat Wave Kills Four

July 4, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ Oppressive summer heat gripped Japan for the second straight day Saturday, killing two people and giving scores of others sunstroke as temperatures rose more than 20 degrees above normal.

In Tokyo, where temperatures hit 97 degrees, a 39-year old man collapsed in the street and later died of heat exhaustion, the fire department said.

Another man, believed to be in his fifties, was found dead in a park in the western city of Osaka, killed by sunstroke, police said.

The fatalities brought the two-day death toll from the heat wave to four. On Friday a 58-year-old man and a 90-year old woman died.

About 160 people have been treated for sunstroke over the two days of high temperatures, national broadcaster NHK reported.

Four people, including a 10-year-old schoolboy, were hospitalized Saturday for heat exhaustion, Kyodo News reported.

Haruna, 65 miles north of Tokyo, registered 104 degrees, the highest ever recorded in the city.

Early July is usually the height of Japan’s rainy season, but sunny weather has prevailed in recent days. The average high temperature for Japan at this time of the year is about 80 degrees.

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