Continued Blackouts Highlight TEPCO's Overoptimistic Outlook

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Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--Many households remain without power after Typhoon Faxai hit the Tokyo area on Monday, underlining Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> overoptimistic outlook on its restoration progress.

The restoration work has faced difficulty from fallen trees and other challenges, and it is still unclear when power will be up and running full scale.

"An optimistic outlook will do no good to those affected," Toshihito Kumagai, mayor of Chiba, east of Tokyo, said on Thursday, voicing displeasure over TEPCO's initial prospect that electricity would be fully restored by Wednesday.

Around 300,000 houses remain without electricity in Chiba Prefecture, where residents have been forced to live without air conditioners in late-summer heat.

Up to 930,000 homes in Tokyo and six neighboring prefectures experienced blackouts after the typhoon landed in the region on Monday.

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