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Japan's steelmakers ponder METI plea for power-use cut


Soaring summer temperatures led Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on Sunday to issue an urgent request that all Japanese electricity consumers including heavy industry users such as steelmakers to curb their consumption, for fear the country's power generating infrastructure will be unable to cope.
Though all utilities firms nationwide are under pressure, METI was most concerned about possible power shortages in the area covered by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) whose service area includes the Kanto Plan around Tokyo and parts of Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures to Tokyo's south and southwest where some 14


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