Sony mulls summer holiday

Sony is mulling a complete two-week summer shutdown of some company premises to save energy as Tokyo and Japan's northern regions face the peak period with vastly reduced power generation capacity following the 11 March quake. The government last week announced energy saving targets that will require large-scale users to cut peak consumption in the region by one-quarter, after the earthquake and tsunami shut down several big nuclear and thermal power stations. The disruption has had a global impact, with Nokia, Research In Motion and Sony Ericsson shutting down factories and Toyota idling plants both locally and in Europe. Sony is also considering introducing daylight savings time by starting work an hour later.