Friday, 22nd March 2013
In General Japan News,
Sales of air purifiers rise in Japan after China smog warning
A warning that smog was blowing into Japan from China has led to sales of air purifiers rising.
The devices are used to help combat air pollution and provide a cleaner living environment.
A meeting has been proposed between officials from Tokyo and Beijing in order to take action over the persistent problem.
According to data from the Japan Electronics Manufacturers' Association, there was a 48 per cent rise in the sales of air purifiers, compared to February 2012, after the country warned its residents about the smog.
This equates to 450,000 units being sold in one month alone.
Reuters said that local media has also been citing pollution as a cause for concern, while the Japanese environment ministry has said that higher than usual pollution levels could leave tens of thousands of people suffering from allergies.
The smog in China is caused by both industry and the sheer number of cars on the country's roads, which is why manufacturers are working hard to invent cleaner ways of motoring.
Written by Mark Smith