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Kansai Electric Power Co. will raise the amount it charges households for electricity by an average of 8.36 percent starting June 1, industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday.

Higher imported fossil fuel costs are weighing on the firm’s earnings in the absence of nuclear power following the 2011 triple meltdown at Tepco’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, Miyazawa said.

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