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.”

Original/原稿:

首都の代替機能、大阪担いたい…橋下知事が主張

 大阪府の橋下徹知事は11日、大阪市内で政府予算への要望を府選出の民主党国会議員に行った。

 橋下知事は東日本大震災を念頭に「日本の司令塔が東京にしかないというのは、国のあり方として致命的な欠陥。首都の代替機能を大阪が担っていきたい」と主張。

 これに対し、同党の平野博文元官房長官は「前向きに考えていきたい」と応じ、樽床伸二・前府連代表も「方向性はその通りだ」と同調した。
(2011年6月11日14時23分 読売新聞)

橋下知事、15%節電に「協力するつもりない」

 関西電力の節電要請について、大阪府の橋下徹知事は10日、「関西広域連合として節電対策を打ち出すために、関電側に早い段階から電力需要のデータ開示などを求めてきたのに、一切の答えがなかった。この期に及んで15%の節電と言われても、まったく納得できない。僕は協力するつもりはない」と、報道陣に怒りをぶちまけた。

 13日に関電の八木社長との面談を要請しているといい、「停電になるなら考えないといけない。関電と一つになれればいいと思う」とも述べた。
(2011年6月10日15時08分 読売新聞)

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