Portable Fans Becoming Hot Sellers as Sizzling Hot Summer Begins in Japan

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Amid rising concerns over heatstroke under the strong summer sun, mini portable electric fans are attracting attention in Japan, mainly among young people.

The number of stores selling such products as next-generation "uchiwa" paper fans is increasing, including some "300-yen" shops.

Tokyu Hands Inc.'s Shinjuku store in downtown Tokyo offers about 30 types of portable fan, including one with a neck strap and another that can be attached to a baby buggy.

Combined sales of such products at outlets under the company's direct management tripled from a year earlier.

Mini fans with neck straps, weighing about 80 grams and priced at around 2,000 yen each, are particularly selling well, Tokyu Hands officials said, adding that mainstay models use USB cables for charging.

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