Recently the Asahi News reported the following:
On the 2nd, auto manufactures had started "Working on weekend". The purpose was to reduce the operation on weekdays for fear of the electricity shortage. It also included the effect came from the parts supplier, and involved 800,000 or more employees. The implementation of Working on Weekend by the manufacturer of electric appliances etc had greatly changed the daily life in this summer.
On the 2nd Nissan Motor Co. disclosed to reporters publicly at the Oppama factory (Kanagawa Prefecture Yokosuka City) that made compact cars. The employee in the building always worked according to the production line, and completed the cars. One production personnel said ｢The factory is the same compared to ordinary weekdays. Has the sense on what day of the week been lost?｣｡The heavy-duty truck that carried parts came and went around the factory.
In addition to holiday transfer, Nissan in order to correspond to the electric power usage limitation ordered by the government on the 1st, had to execute a 15% power saving during the peak time in the Tokyo Electric Power Company controlling area. At the Oppama factory working hours were immediately changed on the 2nd, and between 3 to 5 o'clock in the afternoon when a lot of electric power was used the production line was stopped.
It seems that the new method to share the use of electricity has caused some inconvenience to the Japanese car factory employees.