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|What would be the scale of investment-reduction in flat-panel TVs and how many units are planned for the final production capacity in 2012?|
|Regarding the fifth domestic PDP plant in Amagasaki, Panasonic will change the total investment amount from 280 billion yen to 210 billion yen. Originally, it had been planned for three construction stages, but it will be allotted to four stages instead. Regarding IPS Alpha plant in Himeji (LCD plant), total investment of 300 billion yen will be revised to 235 billion yen, and invested for three construction stages instead of two stages. Also after fiscal 2010, the Company aims to watch the market conditions carefully and make investments on a single-year basis. Production capacity for the first stage will be reduced to one-third of the original plan in PDP plant and to half in LCD plant, respectively. Commencement of full-scale mass production will also be postponed. As for annual production capacity, out of approximately 200 million units of global demand for flat-panel TVs, Panasonic aims to secure approximately 40 million units (20% of the market), consisting of 20 million units of plasma TVs and LCD TVs, respectively.|
|How will you deal with the surplus workforce resulting from the withdrawal of unprofitable businesses?|
|The Company has already been promoting selection and concentration of businesses and will continue to shift the workforce from underperforming businesses to expanding businesses.|
|Regarding home appliances business, you mentioned that Panasonic is going to expand its product lineups both in Europe and Asia. What do you think of the growth of this business in the future?|
|Panasonic will start sales of washing machines and refrigerators in Europe. The Company plans to hold dealers convention and a grand-scale new products show in February. Some business negotiations have already started, and sales training is being actively promoted. The response has been extremely good so far. While in Asia, we can expect almost the same business scale as that of last fiscal year, despite the severe conditions of the world market. We aim to further expand our product lineups for this reason. White goods for Asian market will be one of the main driving forces for our growth in the future.|
|You mentioned that the businesses and products which have had negative earnings since fiscal 2007 and the overseas operating sites that fall under the criteria for withdrawal will in principle be withdrawn. How many businesses and overseas operating sites will fall under such criteria?|
|About 20 companies will fall under the withdrawal-criteria. Once they are identified, their treatment does not take time. It is important to find the relevant businesses and take initiatives at an early stage.|
|Regarding energy solutions business that was newly added to strategic businesses, what are your concrete expansion plans for fiscal 2010? At a joint interview with SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO), Panasonic announced the investment of 100 billion yen in fiscal 2010. Exactly when do you plan this investment?|
|Energy creation such as solar batteries will be the main target of new investment. SANYO has businesses such as air-conditioners and healthcare-related business that are expected to create synergy effects through the collaboration of both companies. After examining businesses by Collaboration Committee, which was set up on December 24th of last year, the Company will make investment in businesses that can create the biggest synergies in suitable timing. The exact timing of the investment is under discussion.|
|Please tell us the details of utilizing Panasonic's management platform for solar battery business.|
|The aspects of finance and technology are under discussion in the Collaboration Committee. Regarding solar batteries, we can expand its sales channels on a large scale by utilizing existing sales channels of Panasonic group (including Panasonic Electrics Works, Ltd).|
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