Plants, Shops in Quake-Hit Hokkaido Resume Operations

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Sapporo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--An increasing number of factories and shops in Hokkaido have resumed operations, after the northernmost Japan prefecture was recently hit by a powerful earthquake and subsequent massive power outages, while Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509> is asking its customers to save power consumption by 20 pct during daytime.

The 6.7-magnitude quake, which mainly jolted the Iburi region in southwestern Hokkaido on Thursday, measured up to 7, the highest level on the Japanese seismic intensity scale.

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. restarted production at and shipments from its plant in the city of Eniwa.

Of the factory's three lines, however, only one making such items as canned beer was brought back online. The remaining lines for producing bottled beer are kept offline in light of energy-saving, because they consume a large amount of electricity, according to the Sapporo Holdings Ltd. <2501> unit.

"We expect to keep this production format at the Eniwa plant as long as the power-saving request is in place," an official at the brewer's public relations department said.

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