Sony to Adjust Work Hours, Holidays to Curb Power Usage

Sony Corp. plans to adjust work hours and holidays this summer to conserve power after Japan’s March 11 earthquake crippled a nuclear plant and caused outages.

The Tokyo-based maker of Bravia televisions aims to introduce a summer shift, which will begin and finish earlier than the usual work hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Yuko Minami, a spokeswoman, said by phone today without elaborating. Sony also plans two weeks of holidays for all workers in Japan.

The plan comes after Tokyo Electric Power Co. said power supply to Tokyo may fall 20,500 megawatts short of summer demand, or 34 percent less than the peak consumption last year. The owner of the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant is capable of supplying 37,500-megawatts and had planned to add about 2,000 megawatts of thermal generation, it said last month.

Sony’s plans need approval from the labor union and details are yet to be finalized, Minami said. Employees may also work on Saturdays and Sundays and take compensatory time-off during weekdays between June and September, she said.

The proposal covers nine offices located in Tokyo and Kanagawa prefecture and doesn’t include factories, marketing units and other subsidiaries, according to the spokeswoman.

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