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ATMs break down as blackouts hit capital city

Mariko Katsumura in Tokyo

Published 18/03/2011 | 05:00

Malfunctioning bank machines and threats of power outages yesterday jolted a stressed Tokyo where millions stocked up on rice and other essentials, stayed indoors or crowded into airports during Japan's nuclear crisis.

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Flurries of transactions at some Mizuho Bank branches abruptly shut thousands of automated teller machines and the government warned of major blackouts, adding to the disorder of a city that thrives on precision and efficiency.

At the second-floor office of the Tokyo Passport Centre queues snaked to the first floor.

"Suddenly since yesterday we have had 15 times more people than usual coming to apply for a passport," said an official.

Areas usually packed with office workers crammed into sushi restaurants have gone quiet.

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