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The government plans to forgo requesting that power be conserved this summer for the first time since the March 2011 quake and subsequent nuclear accident that caused a major electricity shortage, government officials said Friday.

Since the disaster, the government has asked homes and companies to make energy-saving efforts like switching off lights at peak usage times in both summer and winter, but a ministerial meeting Friday judged the explicit request would no longer be necessary due to anticipated electricity supply stability and people having adjusted their behavior.

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