Japan has urged the businesses and households to begin a three-month period of conserving electricity to avoid power shortage.
The Japanese government made such a request for the first time in seven years.
It comes after the country's temperatures hit record highs due to heat waves. As per local reports, temperatures topped 40 degrees Celsius at a record six locations across Japan. The temperature also broke the country's "extreme heat" line record for a week.
It has been reported that the government appealed general public "to lower power consumption levels without causing disruption to firms' operations or the daily lives of citizens,"
It further stated that people should take energy-conserving measures to avoid a power crunch particularly in the evening.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has asked "people to continue using air conditioners amid concerns over heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses."
Following the heat wave, the government's weather agency even had to issue a heat stroke alert.