In reality, there were no power shortages and the ministry said it mistakenly sent a test message, which was supposed to be sent to some 60 members of the press. A correction email was sent 40 minutes later.
The ministry initially said the test message was erroneously sent to 838,000 mobile phone users. The number was revised up following additional probes by mobile phone carriers, according to the ministry.
The wrongly sent email asked people to limit the use of electric appliances as much as possible from 10 a.m. (1 a.m. GMT) to 6 p.m. in order to prevent blackouts.
The Japanese government was on high alert on Wednesday after an overnight news report that North Korea can now arm its missiles with miniaturized nuclear warheads. (Japan Today)
Japan’s industry ministry on Wednesday sent an email by mistake to at least two million mobile phone users in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido asking them to conserve electricity due to power shortages. (Jiji)
The latest data shows Japan continues to depend on imported food. (NHK)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 31-year-old man over the alleged cultivation of marijuana in Hachioji City, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
A Tokyo personnel dispatch company unveiled a new farm on the 13th floor of its Tokyo headquarters on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Rest your body and wallet as you travel half-way across the country in your sleep. (rocketnews24.com)
McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) is enjoying a resurgence of earnings as a series of post-scandal rebuilding efforts led by President Sarah Casanova bear fruit. (Nikkei)
A record number of employers accepting trainees from abroad under Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program violated labor laws in 2016, the labor ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji)
This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the two US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Wednesday, people gathered at a ceremony held at Nagasaki’s Peace Park, close to where the bomb hit, to reflect in a moment of silence. (NHK)
The owner of one branch of the Mini Stop convenience store chain has had it with non-customers parking in his store’s parking lot. (rocketnews24.com)