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Information on Recovery from the Blackouts Caused by Typhoon No. 15 and Measures for Preventing Heatstroke Due to the Blackouts

September 11, 2019

Typhoon No. 15 affected some power grids and over 400,000 households and businesses are still suffering from blackouts. The recovery from the blackouts is expected to require still more time, with high temperatures forecasted to continue for some time in some affected regions. In light of this situation, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry issued anew the following instructions to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO).

Outline

  1. Uniting all its efforts across departments, TEPCO should complete recovery from the blackout as quickly as possible, while making best efforts to obtain cooperation from other electricity companies. Moreover, it should ensure timely communication of accurate information to the public on the progress in the recovery using its website, Twitter and other available methods.

  2. As residents in affected areas are facing a growing risk of heatstroke due to the prolonged blackout, TEPCO, by taking advantage of its website, Twitter and other available methods to the maximum extent possible, should be meticulous in communicating information to such residents on specific methods for preventing heatstroke, including submerging their feet in water and using wet towels to cool their necks; in addition to methods of accessing community, public or other facilities with air-conditioned environments.

  3. TEPCO should take all possible measures to develop an internal framework for immediately deploying power-supply vehicles to facilities in need.

Division in Charge

Public Relations Office, Minister’s Secretariat