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Tokyo gov't adopts 'daylight savings time' in summer energy savings plan

Tokyo Metropolitan Government workers will be getting an earlier start to the day this summer under a new "daylight savings time system," part of an energy savings plan unveiled on May 27.

The plan, intended to reduce power use during predicted electricity shortages over the summer months, will also send round 3,000 power-saving advisors to private households.

The daylight savings system will move up employees' start time by 30 minutes to an hour, pulling the three standard shift start times back to 7:30, 8, and 9 a.m. The system will affect around 25,000 employees and is planned to begin as soon as early June.

Together with the system, the metropolitan government will set the air-conditioning in its offices at 28 degrees Celsius, and only use half of its elevators and lights as it aims to cut electricity use at its buildings by 25 percent.

Furthermore, from mid-June the metropolitan government will send around 3,000 electricity-saving advisors to around 1 million households to explain free and easy ways to save electricity.

Also, to encourage families to save energy and teach children about conservation, around 1 million students at Tokyo public schools will be given handouts for checking how well their households are saving energy.

"We want to reform lifestyle patterns that are too focused on convenience and use too much energy," said Norihiko Yoshimura, an official at the Tokyo environment bureau.

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