Japan’s June heatwave sizzles into hottest day, crunch time for power supply

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By Yuka Obayashi and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan braced on Wednesday for its hottest day yet of a record-breaking June heatwave as fears grew about a shortage of electricity to keep air conditioners whirring and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for a ramp-up of nuclear power use. As some manufacturers announced plans to scale back production to save electricity, temperatures of around 40 C were predicted in areas surrounding Tokyo on the fifth day of a heatwave that has seen the Japanese capital sizzle under its worst June heat since records began in 1875. The Japan Meteorological A…

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