Posted October 05, 2018 06:29:16A restaurant chain in Tokyo has announced it will close its doors in September as it seeks to reduce carbon emissions, citing an ongoing battle with pollution.
The Kansai Food Co., which runs two restaurants in the city, said it will phase out light fixtures by 2020.
The announcement came as a result of a legal dispute between the company and the city’s environment ministry, which is seeking to force the company to shutter restaurants by January 2019.
“In the past few years, we have faced challenges due to the growing consumption of electric light bulbs, particularly in the industrial sector,” the company said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.
As a result, the company has been working to reduce emissions from its two restaurants by 2020 by shutting down its lighting facilities.
It said it would be “sensible to end its operations in 2019.”
“The company will gradually phase out lighting by 2020 to meet the emission reduction targets, and the last of the lighting facilities will be closed,” it added.
Kansai Foods said it is not the first Japanese chain to close down its restaurants, and it will continue to operate in the area.
In March, the Ministry of Environment announced it had reached an agreement with the company, allowing it to keep the two locations open until 2022.
After that, the ministry said, the two restaurants would be shuttered.
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