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Panasonic Update on Japan Quake Impact

Panasonic Corporation issued an update on the status of its manufacturing operations affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the northern region of Japan on March 11, 2011.

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Unedited statement follows:

Effects of “Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake” in Northeast Japan on Panasonic Operation

As of Mar 22, 2011

To help cut power consumption amid concerns of power shortage, Panasonic has been rigorously enforcing electricity-saving measures by calling out to all Panasonic offices and factories in Japan to turn off lighting and other electric equipment that are not in absolute need as well as to turn off outdoor signage of its buildings across the nation since March 12, 2011.

Injuries to employees
Panasonic has confirmed the safety of all employees on March 18, 2011. A few employees suffered minor injuries.

Impact on production
While placing priority on the safety of Panasonic’s employees and in cooperation with the planned power outages scheduled by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and Tohoku Electric Power Co., Panasonic is preparing to resume production at factories in the affected region while confirming the supply of electricity, gas and water, as well as the situation of logistics and supplies.
Yamagata Factory and Utsunomiya Factory of AVC Networks Company resumed production partially on March 22, 2011.