Iain at Little House In The Paddy blog has been writing about Japan. In particular about electricity. In short the country generates two types and it can’t be shared from one region to another. Electricity is a hot topic at the moment since there isn’t enough. Read and weep!
….Japan has ended up with two completely different electricity distribution systems. In the east we have 110V 50Hertz and in the west they have 110V 60 hertz. In Tokyo station the shinkansen arrive from the north and the west on adjacent platforms but there is no connecting track because neither can run on the other power system.
I’ll not complain about a power outage again. Complaining is non productive. And productive of more complaining!