Japan issued a warning on Monday about a possible power outage – Reuters.com

Visitors are photographed with a night view of Tokyo during the “completely dark weather” event, in which all electric lights are turned off and candlelight is used instead, at the Sunshine City Observatory after COVID-19 controls were eased, in Tokyo, Japan, 15 October 2021. REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon

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YOKOHAMA, June 26 (Reuters) – The Japanese government warned on Sunday that electricity supplies would be strained in the Tokyo area on Monday, urging people to save energy as the summer heat hits the capital.

In Tokyo and eight nearby prefectures in eastern Japan, excess production capacity will fall to just 3.7% in half an hour on Monday afternoon until 5pm (08:00 GMT), according to estimates released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). ). A buffer of 3% is considered the minimum required for a stable power supply.

The ministry called on users to limit electricity consumption between 3pm and 6pm to prevent a possible power outage.

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“Please save as much energy as possible, for example by turning off unused lights,” the statement said.

The ministry also called for care to avoid heat stroke with proper use of air conditioning.

As of mid-afternoon on Sunday, 46 people in Tokyo had been transported to hospital on suspicion of heat stroke, public television NHK reported.

Separately, a 94-year-old man in the city of Kawagoe, 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of Tokyo, died on suspicion of heat stroke after being discovered unconscious in his unconditioned room on Saturday, NHK reported.

The city of Isezaki, 85 kilometers (53 miles) northwest of Tokyo, on Saturday recorded the highest temperature in Japan ever for June, above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Read more

Japan’s electricity supply has been shut down with many nuclear power plants still closed after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, while obsolete thermal power plants are partially shut down to achieve their goal of reducing carbon emissions. Read more

The country is also facing a potential shortage of fossil fuels, including liquefied natural gas, due to the conflict in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.

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Reporting Daniel Leussink; Editor Edmund Klamann

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