Yuriko Koike, the governor of the Japanese capital Tokyo, follows the idea of ​​the French to bring down the high energy bill. Wear a turtleneck, as French President Emmanuel Macron advises. Government employees are already supposed to lead by example and therefore wear a turtleneck.

    Energy prices are also skyrocketing in Japan. Capital Tokyo has given the population a tip to keep energy bills under control during the winter months. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike cited French President Emmanuel Macron as an inspiration for wearing a turtleneck. “They are warm and global energy consumption is reduced, so we also reduce CO2 emissions,” she said.

    Last month, commotion arose in France after the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, declared that he would henceforth wear a turtleneck to save energy. Several other ministers and even President Emmanuel Macron seemed to follow suit.

    French President Emmanuel Macron also wore a turtleneck in Berlin at the beginning of October during his meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. ©AFP

    It is not entirely clear whether Macron likes to wear a turtleneck because of the energy crisis or as a fashion statement. His love for the turtleneck has long been the subject of discussion. In 2019, “Vanity Fair” published an article titled, “What is Emmanuel Macron trying to say with his turtleneck?”

    For Koike, such a winter sweater is “one of the tools to overcome the energy crisis and be inventive at the same time”.

    Earlier this month, the Japanese government asked people to turn off unnecessary lights, layer clothes indoors and turn down the heating between December 1 and March 31.

    Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.  “Even in Europe, French President Macron is leading the way in wearing turtlenecks,” she said.

    Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. “Even in Europe, French President Macron is leading the way in wearing turtlenecks,” she said. ©AFP

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