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Japan stores, factories slash electricity use amid shortage alert

Government to issue warning for third consecutive day in Tokyo area

An electronics retail store in Tokyo has turned off some TVs on display to conserve electricity. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO -- Businesses in Japan scrambled to conserve electricity for a third straight day, as the government warns of possible power shortages amid unusually hot weather.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Tuesday announced that it will continue the alert on Wednesday, the third day in a row, for areas supplied by Tokyo Electric Power, predicting that electricity supplies will be tight and demand high.

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