BBC News:- A man dressed in a mascot costume at an amusement park is one of least 11 people who have died as a result of a heatwave sweeping Japan.
The 28-year-old died from heatstroke on Sunday evening in Hirakata Park, Osaka, after dancing for 20 minutes while wearing a 16kg (35lb) outfit.
In response, the park has cancelled all events using mascot costumes.
Official figures revealed more than 5,000 people sought hospital treatment due to the heatwave in the last week.
According to Kyodo news agency, more than 50% of those hospitalised were aged 65 and over.
Temperatures are expected to remain higher than average for the next week.