NE Japan Earthquake Day 4: Tokyo Returns to Work: Rolling Blackouts to Belatedly Begin; Bank of Japan Pumps Ten Trillion Yen into Financial Market; Nikkei and Topix Stock Indices Fall 6.2 and 7.5 Percent Respectively

Tokyo Power Announces Rolling Blackout Plan for March 15-18
Yomiuri Shimbun: 東電、15日~18日も計画停電を実施と発表

Tokyo Train Station Monday After Earthquake
Train users hear the new schedule from a station attendant. (Photo by Kyōzō Masuda)

On the 14th, Tokyo Electric Power Company announced its first area-by-area rolling blackout plans.

The capital and eight outlying prefectures have been divided into five groups: among them, Group No. 5, consisting of Chiba, Ibaraki, Shizuoka, and Yamanashi prefectures, will only be allotted 1.5 hours of electricity during the high-usage periods after 5:00 PM.

Tokyo Power planned to supply 33 million kilowatt hours from 6-7 PM today, but because the number of trains taking commuters home increased, additional lighting pushed the expenditure over 34 million kWh. After the rolling blackout started, demand bottomed at 28 million kWh. The rolling blackouts planned from 6:20 AM to 5:00 PM were not put into action because demand fell below supply.

Assuming there would be rolling blackouts today, train companies sent significantly less cars then usual, affecting commuting workers and students, and some companies took the day off. Confusion spread throughout the capital, however, when there were not actually blackouts downtown.

Tokyo Power truly did plan to start the blackouts at 6:20 AM, but because of the aforementioned energy cuts by train companies, factories, and the like, demand fell below supply, and plans were shelved all the way out to Group 4.

Tokyo Power says there really will be blackouts from the 15th to the 18th. They will start in Group 3 at 6:20 AM. Since demand is expected to outpace potential supply for the foreseeable future, these plans are expected to remain in place through the end of April.

There are fears that if demand continuously outpaces supply, frequency will drop so low that rolling blackouts will be instituted for the entire country, a circumstance the company is trying to avoid.

The Bank of Japan Makes Largest Capital Injection Ever: Ten Trillion Yen
Yomiuri Shimbun: 日銀、過去最大10兆円の資金供給

On the 14th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan, worried about the effects of the eastern earthquake on the country’s economy, decided to implement quantitative easing.

On the same day, in order to ensure that necessary capital was available in the market, the bank supplied financial institutions in the short term market 10 trillion yen [about $122 billion USD], its largest cash infusion ever. This was meant to show its determination to protect the market from chaos. The Policy Board met at noon, one hour earlier than planned. This quantitative easing is over and above the 5 trillion yen the bank created last October, and it will increase the size of the national debt.

Stock Market falls 633Y to closing volume of 9620¥
東証終値9620円…633円安

On the 14th, opening day of this week on the Tokyo Stock Market, with economic activity confused by worries about earthquake damages and electricity rationing, stocks fell across the board, and the Nikkei fell below ¥10,000 for the first time in three months.

At 2:20 PM, stocks had fallen ¥675.78 below the previous Friday’s close to 9578.65¥. The market finally settled at a ¥9620.49, a ¥633.94 drop.

TOPIX, which measures the movement of the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, also dropped significantly, losing ¥68.55 to close at ¥846.96.

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東電、15日~18日も計画停電を実施と発表

駅係員から運行情報を聞く利用者たち=増田教三撮影

東京電力は14日、地域ごとに停電を行う計画停電に初めて踏み切った。

管内1都8県を市区町村別に5グループに分けたうちの「第5グループ」が対象で、千葉、茨城、静岡、山梨4県の一部地域について、電力需要が高くなる午後5時過ぎから最大約1時間半にわたり電力供給を停止した。

東電によると、同日午後6~7時の電力供給力は3300万キロ・ワットに対し、電力需要は帰宅時間帯で電車の運行が増えたり、照明の点灯などで3400万キロ・ワットまで高まり、需要が供給を上回る見通しとなったためとしている。停電後の需要実績は、2800万キロ・ワットまで低下した。一方、計画停電を予定していた午前6時20分~午後5時については、需要が供給能力を下回ったとして実施しなかった。

同日は計画停電を想定し、鉄道各社が始発から大幅に運行本数を削減し、通勤や通学に影響が出たほか、商業施設の休業も相次ぐなど、実際に停電が起きなかった首都圏の中心部にも大きな混乱が広がった。

東電は当初、午前6時20分から順次実施する予定だったが、計画停電に備えて、鉄道の運行本数削減や工場の休業などで電力需要が想定を下回り、第4グループまでは実施を見送った。

東電は15日~18日についても、計画停電を実施すると発表した。15日については午前6時20分に第3グループから計画停電を実施する方針だ。今後も供給能力が電力需要を当面下回る見通しで、4月末まで続ける方針を示している。

電力需要が供給力を上回った状態で供給を続けると、周波数が低下して最終的には管内全域が停電する恐れがあり、計画停電はこうした事態を回避する狙いがある。
(2011年3月14日21時15分 読売新聞)

日銀、過去最大10兆円の資金供給

日本銀行は14日の金融政策決定会合で、東日本巨大地震で経済の先行き懸念が高まっているとして、追加金融緩和に踏み切る方向で検討に入った。

また、日銀は同日、市場が必要な資金を十分に確保できるように、金融機関に対し短期金融市場で過去最大となる約10兆円の資金を供給すると発表した。経済・市場の混乱防止に万全を期す姿勢を明確にする。決定会合は予定より1時間早い正午から始まった。追加金融緩和は、昨年10月に決めた包括緩和策の一環として設置した基金(5兆円)を大幅に増やす案を検討し、国債などの買い入れ額を増やすとみられる。
(2011年3月14日14時30分 読売新聞)

東証終値9620円…633円安

週明け14日の東京株式市場は、東日本巨大地震の被害や計画停電による経済活動の混乱への懸念から、全面安の展開となり、日経平均株価(225種)は昨年12月1日以来、約3か月ぶりに1万円の大台を割り込んだ。

午後2時20分過ぎには一時、前週末比675円78銭安の9578円65銭まで値を下げた。終値は、633円94銭安の9620円49銭だった。

東証1部全体の値動きを示す東証株価指数(TOPIX)は68・55ポイント低い846・96と大幅に下がった。

14日の取引は通常通り午後3時まで行われ、東証1部の出来高は約48億8300万株だった。
(2011年3月14日15時04分 読売新聞)

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2 Comments on “NE Japan Earthquake Day 4: Tokyo Returns to Work: Rolling Blackouts to Belatedly Begin; Bank of Japan Pumps Ten Trillion Yen into Financial Market; Nikkei and Topix Stock Indices Fall 6.2 and 7.5 Percent Respectively”

  1. AN Says:

    Artificial earthquakes in Japan by D Rockefeller
    2011/03/16 00:02 richardkoshimizu’s blog
    http://richardkoshimizu.at.webry.info/201103/article_40.html

    This is Richard Koshimizu from Tokyo.

    The series of heavy earthquakes are not NATURAL. These are all ARTIFICIAL EARTHQUAKES. By now many of Japanese have realized the whole story. This is the real war!

    When the nuclear war head bunker buster missile is shot against the sea bottom, it can trigger the heavy earthquakes. U.S. Forces have such technology and experiences.

    The mastermind is David Rockefeller of CFR who intends to initiate FAR EAST WAR between U.S.+ JAPAN and China+NK. They plan to hit Japan with artificial earthquakes, then, NK shall invade SK and conquer the Peninsula while U.S. Force are absent for rescuing Japan. And China will be involved in this war.

    David Rockefeller’s eternal goal is to bring the world into FINAL WAR. Please spread this info. as much as possible. Otherwise the whole world would be manipulated and destryed by this mad old man.

    Please watch my video that will tell you what he plans.

    911 Inside Job and Hereafter (Modified) by Richard Koshimizu・

    Richard Koshimizu

  2. Walt Says:

    The rolling blackouts WILL continue much longer than April. As summer nears, the use of air conditioners will increase and they will go over capacity again.

    It will take them almost 2 years to build a larger “non-nuclear” facility to replace the nuclear reactors which they’ve currently shut down.


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