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Tokyo warned about the power crisis as Japan endured the heat wave

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Mari Yamaguchi

People, some of them holding parasols, cross an intersection amid heat, in Tokyo, Monday, June 27, 2022. Japan's government issued a warning for possible power crunch in the Tokyo area Monday, asking offices and residents to save energy as the capital region is hit by sweltering heat, with weather officials announcing an earliest end to the rainy season in decades.
People, some of whom are the Associated Press Cross the intersection in the heat, Monday, June 27, 2022, in Tokyo. Meteorological authorities have announced the earliest end of the rainy season in decades.Photo: Yusuke Ogata/Related news media

Tokyo (AP) — The Japanese government has the potential for power Ask people to save energy as the country runs out in the Tokyo area on Monday warning about and the country will withstand unusually intense heat waves.

The Meteorological Agency has announced the earliest end of the annual summer rainy season since the Meteorological Agency began recording in 1951. Rain usually relieves the heat of summer.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has urged people living in areas where TEPCO serves to save electricity in the afternoon, especially during peak demand from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Kenichi Ogawa, director of the Ministry of Power Supply Policy, said Monday's electricity demand was higher than expected because it was hotter than expected on Sunday.

"We had an unusual heat this season," Ogawa said. "Cooperate and save as much electricity as possible."

However, Ogawa said people should use air conditioners properly and pay attention to heat fatigue.

TEPCO expects contributions from Tohoku Electric Power, which provides services to the northern prefectures of Japan.

In the Japanese archipelago, record high temperatures were seen in June in some areas. In Isezaki, north of Tokyo, the temperature rose to 40.2 degrees Celsius (104.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday, the highest temperature in June.

According to the Mainichi Shimbun, more than 250 people were taken to a hospital in Tokyo over the weekend to treat heat stroke.

After the 2011 meltdown in Fukushima, the power supply is relatively tight after Japan has idled most of its reactors. We are also closing old coal-fired power plants to fulfill our promise to reduce carbon emissions.

Japan also faces the potential for a shortage of fossil fuel imports in sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

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