Summer in Japan – Power Supply Shortage Expected

Japanese cabinet ministers on Friday underscored the importance of taking full-fledged measures to cope with an expected huge power supply shortage in summer.

The peak summer power shortage is estimated at 15 million kilowatts in areas served by Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501>, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda told a press conference.

Though Tokyo Electric has been proceeding with its rolling power outage program and successfully averted sudden, massive blackouts so far, full-fledged power-saving measures should be hammered out before summer, Kaieda said.

The government hopes to work out such measures by the end of April, he noted.

At an earlier government meeting to discuss how to prevent unexpected blackouts, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the government should tackle the issue with drastic means that call on changes in ways companies are doing their businesses and people are living their lives.

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