NE Japan Earthquake, Day 33: Government Requests 25% Less Electricity Usage Than Last Summer; Tokyo Disneyland to Reopen on the 15th; Specialists Raise Fukushima’s Nuclear Disaster Rating to INES 7

Government Requests 25% Less Electricity Usage Than Last Summer
April 12, 2011

On the 11th, the government confirmed that it would make statistics from the sweltering summer of 2010, when electricity usage was especially high, the basis from which it will calculate electricity quotas in Tokyo this coming summer.

The plan will be officially confirmed at the end of the month.

In order to prevent electricity shortages, the government will ask large-demand groups like big businesses (those who are scheduled to use over 500 kilowatt hours per day) to use 25% less electricity than last year and small-demand groups like local companies (who use less than 500 kilowatt hours per day) to use 20% less. The government will also put a 27-item law limiting large-scale electricity usage into motion.

Businesses are saying it’s difficult for them to make electricity-saving plans because it’s not yet clear when the restrictions will go into effect.

The government decided that making last summer, when electricity usage was much higher than normal, the basis would give companies much more room to make cuts and would be easier for them to plan. If a company used less electricity than usual last year, the government will calculate an appropriate standard by averaging its usage in previous years: it would be unfair to give them even tighter restrictions because they took business days off to install new equipment in 2010.

Tokyo Power’s daily demand peaked at 60 million kilowatt hours last summer. Since this year’s supply should be around 45 million kWh, 15 million kWh in cuts must be made to avoid a shortage.

Tokyo Disneyland to Reopen on the 15th
April 12, 2011

Oriental Land Co., which operates Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba, said that the theme park which had been closed since the Great Tōhoku Earthquake will reopen on the 15th.

The company is aiming to reopen Disney Sea in the near future, as well.

Specialists Raise Fukushima’s Nuclear Disaster Rating to INES 7
Yomiuri Shimbun: レベル7引き上げは専門家の判断…首相
April 12, 2011

The Prime Minister announced at a press conference on the 12th that the Ministry of Trade’s Nuclear Safety Commission had raised its rating of the disaster at the Fukushima I Nuclear Reactor to INES Level 7. In response to the question, “Isn’t that difficult for citizens to understand?” he said that “after gathering data, the commission announced that the disaster merited a rating of 7 on the international scale.” He confirmed that “various specialists came to an agreement after the investigation,” and he had no problem with their analysis.








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