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Abe's bid to set up national power grid stumbles

The grid company, which is set to start operations next April, does not have full power to make and implement plans

Plans to give the nationwide grid management body more control over the system of distribution and transmission lines were scaled back amid lobbying from Japan's power utilities.


AFTER the Fukushima disaster crippled Japan's nuclear energy sector three years ago, the government pledged the biggest shake-up in the history of the fragmented electricity industry to boost competition and contain a surge in power prices.

But a first crucial phase of Prime

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