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A trade ministry panel on Friday called for the power-sharing capacity of the eastern and western regions of Japan to be increased to 3 million kw from the current 1.03 million kw.

The suggestion, which was made in an interim report, was issued because the difference in power frequencies between the two regions has long hindered the supply of electricity from western to eastern Japan, which faced power shortages after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

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