• Reuters, Kyodo

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Japan's electricity grid creaked Thursday under the strain of Tokyo's hottest June since records began, but a power shortage was narrowly averted as supply improved in the evening and authorities lifted a power crunch alert.

Temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius were recorded in some parts of the Kanto region on the sixth day of a heat wave that began after the earliest end to the capital's rainy season in decades.

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