Retail Outlets in Hokkaido Reopening as Power Returning

Economy

Sapporo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)--With electricity supplies resuming gradually, supermarkets and convenience stores were reopening in Hokkaido on Friday morning, after being forced to close amid a massive power outage caused by one of the severest earthquakes in Japan the day before.

Aeon Co. <8267> restarted regular operations at 15 of its 40 supermarkets in the northernmost island prefecture Friday. Some of them were selling food and other products at their entrances as the electricity was still out.

Many of the convenience stores of Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Lawson Inc. <2651> and FamilyMart Co. were open. The operators are determined to do as much as they can to procure products for their outlets.

In the meantime, operations remained halted at manufacturing facilities of Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> group companies such as Toyota Motor Hokkaido Inc., which makes transmissions and other auto parts in the city of Tomakomai.

Production has not been resumed either at Kyocera Corp.'s <6971> plant in Kitami, which makes communication equipment such as smartphones as well as electronic parts for optical communications.

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