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Panasonic Update on Japan Quake Impact

Panasonic Corporation issued its latest 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 Apr 1, 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
Fukushima Factory in Fukushima Prefecture and Sendai Factory in Miyagi Prefecture of AVC Networks Company partially resumed production on April 1, 2011.

Placing priority on the safety of its employees and cooperating with the planned power outages scheduled by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and Tohoku Electric Power Co., Panasonic is resuming operations in the affected region.

Major factories which resumed production
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. Tokyo Plant in Gunma Prefecture resumed production on March 14, 2011.

Yamagata Factory in Yamagata Prefecture and Utsunomiya Factory in Tochigi Prefecture of AVC Networks Company partially resumed production on March 22, 2011.

Panasonic Electric Works Koriyama Co., Ltd. in Fukushima Prefecture resumed production on March 23, 2011.