Over half a million households and businesses mainly in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, remain without power one day after Typhoon Faxai struck.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says the outage continues for about 575,000 households and businesses in Chiba and other prefectures in the Kanto region, and Shizuoka Prefecture, as of 6:30 p.m on Tuesday.
Japan's welfare ministry says the number of households receiving assistance hit a record high in the fiscal year ending in March 2018.
The ministry puts the monthly average number of households on welfare for fiscal 2017 at 1,640,854. That's up about 3,800 from the figure for the previous fiscal year.
ORIX Corporation (hereinafter, "ORIX"), NEC Corporation (hereinafter, "NEC"), and EPCO Incorporated (hereinafter, "EPCO") today announced that joint venture ONE ENERGY CORPORATION (hereinafter, "ONE ENERGY") will launch an energy service for households combining storage battery rental and a smart house app. Pre-orders will be accepted from April 26, 2013 for this service in the service area of Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (Note 1). ONE ENERGY will push ahead with provision of this service and begin progressively installing batteries from June 1, 2013.