Govt wrongly sends power outage mails

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry on Wednesday sent an email by mistake to at least 2 million mobile phone users in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido asking them to conserve electricity due to power shortages.

In reality, there were no power shortages and the ministry said it mistakenly sent a test message, which was supposed to be sent to about 60 members of the press. A correction email was sent 40 minutes later.

The ministry initially said the test message was erroneously sent to 838,000 mobile phone users. The number was revised up following additional probes by mobile phone carriers, according to the ministry.Speech

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