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Fukushima Gives Renewable Energy a Chance via IPS

TOKYO, Aug 21, 2011 (IPS) – After decades of not bothering to switch off the lights in unoccupied rooms in their Tokyo home, Masayoshi Sakurai and his children now meticulously make sure they do.

“My wife used to badger us to switch off the lights because she was worried about high electricity bills. Now all of us have begun saving energy, by reducing the use of air-conditioners, turning off the computer and so on,” explained the corporate employee.

Sakurai is part of a growing movement in Japan, led by a media campaign called ‘setsuden’ (power saving in Japanese), that has begun to spread support for limiting electricity consumption.

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