Businesses are displeased to say the least with Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s rate hike taking effect April 1, as it will put an extra burden on their operating costs, especially in those industries that use a large amount of power.

They also say Tepco should make more cost-cutting efforts before implementing the 17 percent average increase, with some large-lot users demanding that the hike be postponed and expressing their intention to refuse paying the added amount.

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