Press ReleasesNippon Paper Group Announces Introduction of Daylight Saving Time— Early Implementation of Power Saving Measures for the Summer —

Nippon Paper Group, Inc.

Nippon Paper Group, Inc. (President: Yoshio Haga) today announced that it will implement daylight saving time and other efforts aimed at saving electricity as outlined below. These efforts are being undertaken to help reduce power consumption in response to concerns that areas served by Tokyo Electric Power and Tohoku Electric Power will suffer power shortages in the summer due to the East Japan Great Earthquake.

1. Implementation Period

Monday, May 9, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

2. Businesses Affected

Nippon Paper Group, Inc. and the head offices of major Group companies
(Location: 1-2-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. However, for Nippon Paper Industries this will include the Research and Development Division and sales offices across Japan.)

3. Specific Initiatives

Daylight Saving Time

While also dependent on the scheduled start times at each company, working hours will be moved up by one hour and power consumption during the hours of peak power usage will be decreased.

  • *For Nippon Paper Group, Inc. and Nippon Paper Industries:
    Working hours after change: 8:15 to 16:15 (lunch break from 12:00 to 13:00)

Collective Building-wide Lighting Switch-off

In addition to the existing practice of switching off lights during lunch breaks, the interior lighting at affected business sites will be collectively switched off at 18:00. As well as cutting power consumption at peak times, these efforts will raise awareness of improved business efficiency on the part of all employees, reduce overtime and lead to the promotion of a healthy work-life balance.

Higher Preset Temperatures for Air Conditioning

During the summer months, we will seek to reduce power consumption by adjusting the preset temperature for air conditioning to 28℃ inside business sites, a one-degree increase over the previous preset temperature. In conjunction with this, we will move up the start time of the "Cool Biz" dress code of lighter attire and implement the system from May 9 to coincide with the above implementation period. The "Cool Biz" period previously started from June.

Nippon Paper Group is also in the process of formulating an action plan to further respond to power shortages in the summer. Further information about the plan will be announced when the specifics have been finalized.