Japan implemented its first compulsory power for the first time in 37 years to ease power shortage in country following the damage inflicted to the power grid after the tsunami.
Large-scale Japanese consumers who receive their power supply from from Tokyo Electric Power Co and Tohoku Electric Power Co will face a cut of 15 per cent from 9 am till 8 pm, for consumers whose requirements exceed 500 KW, Japan Today's website reported.
The government has also mandated a hefty penalty of up to 1 million yen on any intentional violations of the imposed restrictions.The restrictions will be in effect till 22 September.
This has led many manufacturers including automakers, to change their production schedules from weekdays to weekends.
Simultaneously, the government also intends to start mass movements to encourage voluntary cutbacks in electricity usage in households. Households that succeed in reducing their energy consumption by 15 per cent will be eligible to participate in a draw to win prizes such as TVs and digital cameras.
The earthquake and tsunami, which hit Japan caused closure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and other plants resulting in acute power shortage in the country.
Japanese mayor near the Genkai nuclear plant said he was worried about restarting two reactors, which were shut down for maintenance, contributing to power shortages in the country.