Tokyo Survives Without Bright Lights / Not Much Darker Than London

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    After the March 11th earthquake knocked out several of the nuclear power plants that provided Tokyo with its electricity, the whole city has been striving to conserve energy so that blackouts will not be necessary. Lighting has been reduced in subway stations, escalators have been turned off, and bright flashing advertisement billboards have gone dark.

    It may seem like a drastic change for Tokyoites, but as this ATV news report shows, the amount of lighting in Tokyo was abnormally high when compared to cities like London:

    A correspondent in London shows us the interior of that city’s subway system and a busy street at night. Both have less lighting than Tokyo, but people are okay with it.

    People in Tokyo seem to be getting used to reduced lighting on subways, in restaurants, and on the streets. A few people interviewed on the street say that it was “too bright” before, and that things are just fine now.

    At the end of the clip, the news anchor shows a satellite map of the world at night, with Japan standing out as having a lot of electric lights. A university professor comments on his work experience in Germany, noting that German offices conserve electricity by rarely using electric lights during the daytime. He thinks that the Japanese people should come to a new understanding about lighting and energy conservation.

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