Osaka Governor Hashimoto Calls for His City to Shoulder Some of Tokyo’s Load, Says City Would Not Participate in Proposed 15% Electrical Savings Campaign

Osaka Governor Hashimoto Calls for His City to Shoulder Some of Tokyo’s Load
Yomiuri Shimbun: 首都の代替機能、大阪担いたい…橋下知事が主張
June 11, 2011

On the 11th, Osaka Governor Hashimoto presented his prefectural budget proposal to the members of the Democratic Party of Japan serving in the national Diet.

Governor Hashimoto argued that in the wake of the Great Tōhoku Earthquake, “considering Tokyo the only playmaker in the country would be a fatal error. We in Osaka would like to bear some of the capital’s load.”

In response, DPJ member and former Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said he “would also like to be forward-looking,” and multiple-term Osaka Representative Shinji Tarutoko said it was “the right way to go.”

Osaka Governor Hashimoto Says City Would Not Participate in Proposed 15% Electrical Savings Quota
Yomiuri Shimbun: 橋下知事、15%節電に「協力するつもりない」
June 10, 2011

On the 10th, Osaka Governor Hashimoto said about the Kansai region’s requested electrical quota, “The governments of this region came together to ask Kansai Electricity to swiftly provide us with electrical demand data so we could plan our response, but the company didn’t respond to us at all. To come to us now and ask us to cut usage by 15% is unacceptable, and I don’t plan to participate,” he said, venting anger to the press corps.

He said he requested a meeting with Kansai Electricity President Yagi on the 13th and said “We have to think there will be blackouts. I’d like to be on the same page as Kansai Electricity.”





(2011年6月11日14時23分 読売新聞)



(2011年6月10日15時08分 読売新聞)

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