JR East has announced that train services in Tokyo, which had been running on a "power-saving timetable" since June 24, are to return to normal scheduling from Sept 9. However, JR also announced Saturday that in response to continuing electricity supply concerns, some services would be cutting back on lighting and air-conditioning.
Local trains on the Musashino, Nambu and Sobu Lines returned to their normal schedules in mid-August in response to customer complaints that the gap between services was too long.
The announcement comes in response to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's decision last week to bring forward the expiry date of its mandatory curb on electricity consumption for most of Tokyo Electric Power Co's service area from Sept 22 to Sept 9, having determined the country's heat wave was coming to an end.
The Japanese government had required large-scale electricity users to cut their peak-hour consumption by 15% due to power constraints following the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The ministry already removed a similar restriction in Tohoku Electric’s territory, severely hit by the earthquake and tsunami, on Friday instead of Sept 9 as previously scheduled.© Japan Today