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May192011

Japanese Automakers Shift Work Week to Save Power

Comstock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- Japan's auto industry is the latest in that country to make changes to its work week in hopes of conserving energy. The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association announced carmakers would take Thursday and Friday off -- and shift to a Saturday to Wednesday work week, so they can make cars during off-peak hours.

The new schedule begins in July, and comes days after the government asked major companies to reduce electricity by 15 percent this summer. The country's nuclear power plants were shut down immediately after the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the northern part of Japan. Seventy-five percent of those plants still remain idle, creating a huge strain on Japan's power supply.

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