Starting the workday early to save power, Tokyo City Employees

Facing a summer power crunch, some Tokyo city government employees began working an hour earlier Monday to conserve energy amid shortages caused by damage to a tsunami-hit nuclear plant.City workers on the earliest shift will start at 7:30 a.m. and be allowed to leave at 4:15 p.m.By better exploiting the early daylight hours this summer, city officials hope to use less air conditioning and less office lighting at night."It should be a good thing, and it doesnt require any cost," Tokyos outspoken Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Friday. "I think all of Japan should shift to summer time hours."

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