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Japan asks companies, households to save power across nation

Energy crunch feared as nuclear reactors remain offline, thermal plants close

All three reactors at the Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido have been idle since 2012, stoking a potential energy crunch in Japan.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government said Tuesday it will ask companies and households across Japan to save electricity due to a possible power crunch in the summer and winter.

It will be the first time since fiscal 2015 that the government has filed such a request on a nationwide scale. The last such occurrence came in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami, when the government asked that energy be saved from fiscal 2012.

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