Saving Power for a Low Energy Summer


2013/06/06 Thursday Announcements, Highlights

A message to the citizens of Mie Prefecture:

Saving Power for a Low Energy Summer

Following on from the the Great Tohoku Earthquake on March 11th 2011 and the resulting damage of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, serious power shortages are expected to occur this summer.

On April 26th 2013, the government announced measures to help regulate power supply and demand this summer. The measures set out clear energy caps for weekdays between the hours of 9:00 and 20:00, to be observed from the 1st of July to 30th of September 2013 (excluding the 13th to 15th of August).

In Mie, the prefectural government is continuing its ISO14001 initiative by moving the official start of Cool Biz forward as well as putting other energy-saving ideas into practice. This summer we are aiming for a 5% reduction in electricity usage compared to the hot summer of 2010 by saving power used by air conditioning and lighting. For example, we have switched to LED lighting in the prefectural government office buildings.

We would like to request that people and businesses living and operating in Mie also adjust their work and lifestyles as they did last summer to help reduce our prefecture’s energy consumption. Specifically, you can help by:

–       Setting air conditioning units to 28 degrees (setting the temperature two degrees higher results in a 10% reduction in power usage)

–       Turning off unnecessary lights (5% reduction)

–       Setting your refridgerator to the medium setting, keeping a smaller amount of food stored inside and by preventing the door being left open for long periods of time. (2% reduction)

–       Unplugging electrical items when not in use to reducing ‘standing’ power use (2% reduction)


We ask for your cooperation in adjusting your lifestyle and business practices within acceptable bounds to help Mie Prefecture reduce its power usage and save energy.

Mie Prefecture also asks you to take care of your health this summer, and to particularly look out for symptoms of heat stroke – especially in the cases of the young children and elderly people around you.


Eikei Suzuki

Governor of Mie Prefecture

30th May 2013


Notice from the Mie Prefecture Police Force

2013/06/06 Thursday Announcements, Highlights


~ This month is Foreign Labor Disputes Awareness Month ~

【Notice from the Mie Prefecture Police Force】

June is Foreign Labor Disputes Awareness Month and Mie’s Police Force hopes to increase understanding of disputes and problems which occur between foreign laborers and their places of employment.

The police force will be providing information on living safely and securely in Mie Prefecture tolocal residents during this period.

We would also like to ask for your assistance: if you are aware of any of the following illegal work practices or labor abuses:

  • Workers are employed on short-term visas or have overstayed their                       residency permit
  • Companies are actively employing workers who have overstayed their visa or who have not got the right residency statusfor the job
  • Workers have been forced to quit after being injured in the work place
  • Workers have had their passports taken and are forced to work for low pay

Occuring in your workplace, please report this information to your local police station, Hello Work branch or ring the police help desk on 059-223-2030 (Weekdays 9:00-17:00).