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Prime minister authorises black outs to conserve energy

Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan has authorised rolling blackouts to conserve energy suppliers following the temporary shutdown of eleven nuclear reactors after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

Kan has granted approval to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), owner of the Fukushima plant where the explosions have taken place, to implement planned power outages within their service area beginning today.

Kan said that with a number of generating stations with sustained damaged, including the nuclear power plants in Fukushima, supply of electricity is severely strained in areas served by TEPCO.

Kan added that this is to avoid sudden large-scale blackouts, which they hope to avoid “at all costs”.

The prime minister warned that restoration of services cannot be foreseen in the immediate future and for homes and industry to conserve energy wherever possible.

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