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Japan conserves electricity after quake

05-30-2011 13:42 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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The government is calling for a 15 percent cut in electricity use, to prevent a summer shortage.

Government offices in Tokyo have already kept their hallways dark and train stations have turned off escalators.

Businesses also are dimming their office lights, and some car and car parts markets have decided to temporarily work on weekends and take weekdays off.

Households have also been asked by the government to make sacrifices.

Yukio Edano, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary said "Our objectives for the months between July and September will be to cut electricity usage 15 percent year-on-year regardless of whether it is a large lot user, small lot user, or a household user."

Many residents are optimistic that the 15 percent objective will be met, and Tokyo will be saved from any major blackouts.

Masaya Kato, Mechanical Engineer said "Although Time Square is bright at night, most of the back streets in New York are dark. Compared to that, Tokyo is still much brighter, so I think it will be easy to save up to 15 or even 20 percent of power for sure."

Some are heading to shopping malls, purchasing electric fans because they consume less energy than air conditioners.

But some say, they don't know where to begin.

Emiko Sasaki, Housewife said "When someone tells you that you can save energy by doing this or that, you'd probably manage and want to save 15 percent of electricity. But if left to your own devices and forced to figure it out by yourself, you just wouldn't know where to start."

Luckily, there is help.

A government qualified energy manager gives advice to residents. He's been working to reduce his family's electricity consumption for the last 12 years.

The manager says the current nuclear crisis has provided a chance for many who never thought of saving energy before, to try.

Takahiro Tsukakoshi, Qualified Energy Manager said "Even if the Japanese tried to save energy in the past, the opportunity wasn't there. So now that there is this opportunity and necessity with the government asking us (to save energy), people are really trying hard to cut down on their energy usage."

He admits some might find it tough. But he says they should see it as a challenge, they can meet.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, provides power to the greater Tokyo area. It expects this summer's electricity demand in the eastern part of Japan to be 55 million kilowatts. But it's only been able to secure 52 million kilowatts of electricity until the end of July.

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Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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