Tokyo residents turn off lights midday to save power under strain of city’s hottest June

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Tokyo residents are switching off some of their lights in the afternoon to conserve electricity and avoid a looming power cut.Tokyo is suffering from the hottest June on record, driving up air conditioning use and straining Japan’s electricity grid. The government has urged people to conserve energy during high-use hours, warning of a possible electricity shortage. In addition to turning off lights, office workers are also shutting down some elevators in the afternoon when power generation capacity reserves in the Tokyo area are low.

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