Starting tomorrow and running from September 22nd, power consumption will be restricted from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays in Tokyo areas covered by TEPCO. Most other areas won't have a set restriction, but the supplying power companies for the area are also asking customers to cut back. It's going to be a hot summer without air conditioning in Tokyo!
Posters were put up in train areas in Tokyo today notifying riders that the air conditioner will be shut off on platforms during peak times starting tomorrow. SWEAT. That's going to suck, but when you think about the people in the disaster areas and what happened to them, getting on a train all hot and sweaty doesn't seem as bad.
Japan is serious about these power cuts, folks. The government has asked households and businesses to cut electricity usage by 15 percent this summer. For households, there's no set restrictions. Big businesses are being watched, though. Today's broadcast of NHK News 7 says that intentional violations will result in a fine of up to one million yen (over $12,000).
Power companies have launched websites for customers that let them monitor power usage online. A lottery will be held for those that manage to save 15 percent or more over last year. Customers can win televisions, appliances and gift certificates!
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