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      Launched First Products: Attachment Plug and 2-Way Socket

      1918

      Launched First Products: Attachment Plug and 2-Way Socket

      The founder, Konosuke Matsushita, was convinced that there would be a huge demand from ordinary households for convenient, high-quality wiring products. As a result, the company manufactured and marketed its first products, an attachment plug and 2-way socket. Since homes generally had only a single power outlet for one lamp at the time, a product that allowed the use of two lamps, or a lamp and an iron, was popular.
      * The photo shows the company’s first products: an attachment plug (left) and, in 1920, a 2-way socket (right).Corporate History | Panasonic

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      “National Lamp” Marketed as the First Product to Use the National Trademark

      1927

      “National Lamp” Marketed as the First Product to Use the National Trademark

      In 1925, the founder created the National trademark for a square-shaped lamp that the company had been producing, and for which the trademark rights were granted the following year. The National Lamp, which was the first product to use the National name, was expected to become a daily necessity for people all over the nation, and was launched in 1927. It became extremely popular not only for bicycle use, but as a convenient and safe light source that could be set down or carried about. Sales grew rapidly and the National trademark became synonymous with battery-powered lamps as the product spread all over Japan.Panasonic Corporate History

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Stove

      1927

      Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Stove

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      Launched the First Key Socket

      1929

      Launched the First Key Socket

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Electric “Kotatsu” Heater

      1929

      Launched Panasonic’s First Electric “Kotatsu” Heater

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      Launched the Thermostat for the Electric “Kotatsu” Heater

      1929

      Launched the Thermostat for the Electric “Kotatsu” Heater

      Panasonic's first full-scale thermo switch was launched. With little operating noise, the product received high technical acclaim from throughout the industry.Corporate History | Panasonic

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      Launched Panasonic's First In-House Dry Cell Battery

      1931

      Launched Panasonic's First In-House Dry Cell Battery

      Accompanying the major hit sales of the National Lamp, the demand for dry cell batteries soared. As a result, the company acquired a customer's dry cell battery factory and began manufacturing dry cell batteries in-house.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Electrical Brazier

      1933

      Launched Panasonic’s First Electrical Brazier

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      Launched Panasonic's First Motor

      1934

      Launched Panasonic's First Motor

      The company succeeded in developing a motor, a product that was dominated by heavy electric machinery manufacturers. The founder, Konosuke Matsushita, predicted that, "Someday, there will definitely be 10 motors used in every home." His prediction came true and after the WWII, motors came into widespread use in home appliances.Innovative Product: 1/2-horsepower, 3-phase induction motor

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      Launched an Electric “Kotatsu” Heater (300 W/Space Heater-Style)

      1934

      Launched an Electric “Kotatsu” Heater (300 W/Space Heater-Style)

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Toaster

      1935

      Launched Panasonic’s First Toaster

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      Launched the AR5-6, Panasonic's First Automotive Storage Battery

      1937

      Launched the AR5-6, Panasonic's First Automotive Storage Battery

      Panasonic's storage battery business started with the AR5-6. To prevent the battery container, which at the time was made of ebonite, from breading to to the vibration during travel, the battery was protected by a wooden frame.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Home Dryer

      1937

      Launched Panasonic’s First Home Dryer

      Equipped with a brush replacement socket and a three-stage switch. Packaged in a wooden case.

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      Launched Panasonic's First Dry-Type Air Cell Battery

      1941

      Launched Panasonic's First Dry-Type Air Cell Battery

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      Launched Panasonic's First Vacuum Tube

      1943

      Launched Panasonic's First Vacuum Tube

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      Launched the First Electric Fan Under the National Brand

      1948

      Launched the First Electric Fan Under the National Brand

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Cable Broadcasting Device

      1949

      Launched Panasonic’s First Cable Broadcasting Device

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      Launched Japan's First Clutch Motor for Industrial Sewing Machines

      1950

      Launched Japan's First Clutch Motor for Industrial Sewing Machines

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      Launched the PR-1, Panasonic's First FM Mobile Wireless Equipment

      1950

      Launched the PR-1, Panasonic's First FM Mobile Wireless Equipment

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      Launched the A-601, the Company's First Car Radio

      1950

      Launched the A-601, the Company's First Car Radio

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      Launched the MW-101, Panasonic’s First Washing Machine

      1951

      Launched the MW-101, Panasonic’s First Washing Machine

      After making an observation tour of the U.S. market, the founder, Konosuke Matsushita, instructed Panasonic engineers to produce a washing machine with the thought that “It was a highly important product to free housewives from the hard work of washing clothes.” As a result, in this year, the company’s first agitator-type washing machine, the MW-01, was released. In 1956, a washing machine, a black & white TV, and a refrigerator were called the “three essential status symbols” that everyone sought in Japan.Innovative Product: Agitator-type washing machine

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      Launched the TLA-101, Panasonic’s First Intercom

      1951

      Launched the TLA-101, Panasonic’s First Intercom

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Black & White TV

      1952

      Launched Panasonic’s First Black & White TV

      Panasonic's first TV, the 17K-531, a 17-inch, black & white model, was released in the year before TV broadcasts began in Japan.Innovative Product: 17-inch monochrome TV

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Refrigerator

      1953

      Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Refrigerator

      Panasonic launched the NR-351, its first electric refrigerator. Refrigerators were called one of the “three essential status symbols” in Japan together with a washing machine and a black & white TV. Refrigerators were still too highly priced for ordinary households.Innovative Product: Electric refrigerator

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      1954

      Launched the "National Hyper," Japan's First Fully Metal-Jacketed Dry Cell Battery

      The founder, Konosuke Matsushita, who wanted to manufacture dry cell batteries and other products that met or exceeded world standards, considered technical tie-ups with foreign manufacturers but was persuaded by company engineers to develop products with the company's own strength, and decided to develop them in-house. The company succeeded in developing and launching the "National Hyper," Japan's first fully metal-jacketed dry cell battery.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Rice Cooker

      1954

      Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Rice Cooker

      The EC-21, Panasonic’s first electric rice cooker was launched.

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      Launched the MC-1, Panasonic’s First Vacuum Cleaner

      1954

      Launched the MC-1, Panasonic’s First Vacuum Cleaner

      Panasonic launched its first vacuum cleaner, the compact handheld MC-1.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Two-Slice Toaster

      1955

      Launched Panasonic’s First Two-Slice Toaster

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      Launched the MJ-1, Panasonic’s First Juicer

      1956

      Launched the MJ-1, Panasonic’s First Juicer

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      Launched Panasonic's First Mercury Battery

      1956

      Launched Panasonic's First Mercury Battery

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      Launched the EC-36, Panasonic’s First Electric Automatic Rice Cooker

      1956

      Launched the EC-36, Panasonic’s First Electric Automatic Rice Cooker

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      Launched the First Round Fluorescent Lamp

      1957

      Launched the First Round Fluorescent Lamp

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Industrial TV

      1957

      Launched Panasonic’s First Industrial TV

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      Launched the EA-765, Panasonic’s First FM Radio

      1957

      Launched the EA-765, Panasonic’s First FM Radio

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      Launched the UB-150, Panasonic’s First Transistor Radio

      1957

      Launched the UB-150, Panasonic’s First Transistor Radio

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      Launched the RQ-201, Panasonic’s First Household Tape Recorder

      1958

      Launched the RQ-201, Panasonic’s First Household Tape Recorder

      The RQ-201 Open Reel-Type Tape Recorder was launched after the start of the patent licensing of the AC biasing method that achieved high-quality magnetic recording over an extended period of time, and became the cornerstone of Panasonic’s recording equipment business.Innovative Product: Tape recorder

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      Launched the W-31, Panasonic’s First Window-Type Cooler

      1958

      Launched the W-31, Panasonic’s First Window-Type Cooler

      At the time, the air conditioner was called a “Home Cooler” and it was a window-type unit that was installed through the wall so that the ventilation flowed through the back of the unit, which was exposed to the outside.Innovative Product: Home air conditioner

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      Launched Panasonic's First Alkaline Storage Battery

      1958

      Launched Panasonic's First Alkaline Storage Battery

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Stereo

      1958

      Launched Panasonic’s First Stereo

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      Launched the T-10, the World's Smallest 6-Transistor, Ultracompact Radio

      1959

      Launched the T-10, the World's Smallest 6-Transistor, Ultracompact Radio

      Panasonic released the world’s smallest pocket radio of its day.

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      Launched Electronic Calculators

      1959

      Launched Electronic Calculators

      Panasonic’s first electronic calculator was launched this year. Later, in 1969, the pocket-sized calculator was launched. In 1979, an electronic dictionary was launched for export.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Pocket-Type Hearing Aid

      1959

      Launched Panasonic’s First Pocket-Type Hearing Aid

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      Launched the Industry’s First Color TV

      1960

      Launched the Industry’s First Color TV

      Panasonic released the K21-10, Japan’s first 21-inch color TV, coinciding with Japan’s first color TV broadcast in 1960. A color TV, an air conditioner, and a car were called the “3Cs,” and replaced the three essential status symbols of Japan in the 1950’s, which were a black & white TV, a washing machine, and a refrigerator.

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      Launched the MR-500, Japan’s First Electric Automatic Dishwasher

      1960

      Launched the MR-500, Japan’s First Electric Automatic Dishwasher

      The MR-500, the first electric automatic dishwasher with full-fledged rotation injection system in Japan was launched. The product never reached mainstream popularity, primarily due to its large size, as it was designed from the body of a washing machine, and its high cost.

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      Launched the MK-800, Panasonic’s First Clothes Dryer

      1960

      Launched the MK-800, Panasonic’s First Clothes Dryer

      Panasonic’s first clothes dryer model.

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      Launched the NR-61, Panasonic’s First Electric Oven

      1960

      Launched the NR-61, Panasonic’s First Electric Oven

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      Launched the RQ-112 Open Tape Recorder

      1960

      Launched the RQ-112 Open Tape Recorder

      Panasonic’s first battery-powered portable type with No. 3 reel was launched.

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      Launched the K17-30, Panasonic’s First Table-Type Color TV

      1960

      Launched the K17-30, Panasonic’s First Table-Type Color TV

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      Launched the PC-500, Panasonic’s First Packaged Air Conditioner

      1961

      Launched the PC-500, Panasonic’s First Packaged Air Conditioner

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      Launched the T-1, Panasonic’s First Transceiver

      1961

      Launched the T-1, Panasonic’s First Transceiver

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      Launched the KSR-201, Panasonic’s First Oil Heater

      1961

      Launched the KSR-201, Panasonic’s First Oil Heater

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      Launched the VB-300, Panasonic’s First Push-Button Phone

      1961

      Launched the VB-300, Panasonic’s First Push-Button Phone

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      Launched the WH-620, Panasonic’s First Air Conditioner

      1961

      Launched the WH-620, Panasonic’s First Air Conditioner

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      Launched the T-801 2-Band, 8-Transistor Portable Radio

      1962

      Launched the T-801 2-Band, 8-Transistor Portable Radio

      This was the first product marketed under the National Panasonic brand. Pursuing sensitivity and sound quality with the newest technologies, it featured a new design that was suitable for the new brand.

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      Launched the CB-851, Panasonic’s First All Transistor-Type Hearing Aid

      1962

      Launched the CB-851, Panasonic’s First All Transistor-Type Hearing Aid

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      1963

      Launched the "Technitone" SX-601, Panasonic’s First Electronic Organ

      Panasonic’s first "Technitone" electronic organ, the SX-601, was launched. This marked the company’s entry into the electronic musical instrument market.

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      Launched the NE-100F, Panasonic’s First Microwave Oven For Restaurant and Institutional Use

      1963

      Launched the NE-100F, Panasonic’s First Microwave Oven For Restaurant and Institutional Use

      Panasonic launched the NE-100F, Japan’s first mass-produced microwave oven.

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      1963

      Launched the "National Hi-Top," the World's Longest Lasting Dry Cell Battery

      The "National Hi-Top" dry cell battery, which featured twice the lifetime of conventional batteries, was not only long lasting, but also strongly resisted leakage compared to conventional ones, and offered high performance with capacity lowering only slightly when stored for long periods. In the following year of 1964, this battery won Japan's Mainichi Industrial Technology Award and the Secretary of Science and Technology Agency Prize.

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      Launched the “Telook” WV-010, Panasonic’s First TV Camera Device

      1963

      Launched the “Telook” WV-010, Panasonic’s First TV Camera Device

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      Launched the N-7000, a Fully Automatic Washing Machine

      1965

      Launched the N-7000, a Fully Automatic Washing Machine

      Panasonic launched the N-7000, the company’s first fully automatic washing machine that enabled users to wash, rinse, and spin-dry laundry with one tank and automated the process from pouring in the water to the final spin-drying.

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      Launched the CS-80Z, Panasonic’s First Split-Type Air Conditioner

      1965

      Launched the CS-80Z, Panasonic’s First Split-Type Air Conditioner

      This was Panasonic’s first split-type air conditioner with a separate indoor unit and outdoor unit.

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      Launched the First National Solar Heater

      1965

      Launched the First National Solar Heater

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      Developed the Automatic Traffic-Actuated Signal Control, Panasonic’s First Road Traffic Control Device

      1965

      Developed the Automatic Traffic-Actuated Signal Control, Panasonic’s First Road Traffic Control Device

      The automatic traffic-actuated signal control was developed upon request from the National Police Agency. Based on the detected amount of road traffic, the system provided optimal control for the length of the traffic signals. The intersections where the systems were installed saw a 35% reduction in road traffic. The following year, the systems were installed in over 100 locations along the country’s main roads.

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      Launched the NV-1010, Panasonic’s First Household VTR

      1966

      Launched the NV-1010, Panasonic’s First Household VTR

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      Launched the EL-3301T, Panasonic’s First Cassette-Type Tape Recorder

      1966

      Launched the EL-3301T, Panasonic’s First Cassette-Type Tape Recorder

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      Launched Panasonic's First Multi Halogen Lamp

      1966

      Launched Panasonic's First Multi Halogen Lamp

      The multi halogen lamp was released as a new light source with 1.5 times the brightness of the conventional mercury lamp. Featuring a crisp, pure white light, this lamp highly natural colors, it was well suited to a wide range of uses, from roads and plazas outdoors to large-scale, indoor facilities such as terminals, and signboard illumination.

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      Launched Panasonic's First Alkaline Dry Cell Battery

      1967

      Launched Panasonic's First Alkaline Dry Cell Battery

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Video Camera

      1967

      Launched Panasonic’s First Video Camera

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      Launched the RS-800U, Panasonic’s First 8-Track Tape Recorder

      1967

      Launched the RS-800U, Panasonic’s First 8-Track Tape Recorder

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      Launched the CX-801, Japan's First Car Stereo

      1967

      Launched the CX-801, Japan's First Car Stereo

      Launched Japan's first cartridge type car stereo, which set a new record as a hit product. The CX-801 also received Japan's Good Design Award the same year.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Minicomputer for System Control

      1968

      Launched Panasonic’s First Minicomputer for System Control

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      Launched the World’s First Azimuth Recording System VTR

      1968

      Launched the World’s First Azimuth Recording System VTR

      The NV-2320, the world’s first azimuth recording system VTR, was launched. The innovative idea that improved recording density was deployed with VHS, βmax and DVC.

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      1969

      Launched the "Mica 1" TR-001, the World's Smallest (1.5-Inch) TV

      Panasonic launched the "Mica 1" TR-001, the world's smallest black & white TV with a 1.5-inch CRT in the U.S. It made full use of advanced downsizing skills, which were the specialty of Japanese manufacturers. The "Mica 1" was also marketed in Japan the following year.

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      Launched the World’s First High-Speed Video Tape Copying Device

      1969

      Launched the World’s First High-Speed Video Tape Copying Device

      Panasonic launched the world’s first high-speed video tape copying device using a contact transfer system.

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      Launched Panasonic's First High-Voltage Sodium Light

      1969

      Launched Panasonic's First High-Voltage Sodium Light

      Panasonic launched its first high-voltage sodium light, which was more efficient than mercury lamps. Centering on the field of factory illumination, which used a large amount of illumination, the high-voltage sodium light was commonly used as a replacement for the mainstream mercury lamp.

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      Launched the JE-240, Panasonic’s First Calculator

      1969

      Launched the JE-240, Panasonic’s First Calculator

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      Launched the TH-30PU, Panasonic’s First Transistor Color TV

      1969

      Launched the TH-30PU, Panasonic’s First Transistor Color TV

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      Launched the NV-8020, the World’s First Surveillance VTR

      1969

      Launched the NV-8020, the World’s First Surveillance VTR

      The NV-8020, the world’s surveillance VTR, was launched. Video recording became much easier than film recording.

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      1970

      Launched the "Technics" SP-10, the World’s First Direct Drive Turntable

      Using direct drive motors, Panasonic commercialized the world’s first durable turntable with high rotational accuracy and minimal noise and mechanical vibration. The model received a variety of prestigious awards.Innovative Product: Direct-drive turntable

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      Launched the SR-20PT, Panasonic’s First Pressure Cooker

      1970

      Launched the SR-20PT, Panasonic’s First Pressure Cooker

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Component Stereo System

      1970

      Launched Panasonic’s First Component Stereo System

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      Launched the FD-03DB, Panasonic’s First Dish Dryer

      1971

      Launched the FD-03DB, Panasonic’s First Dish Dryer

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      Launched the SK-200, Panasonic’s First Electric Rice Warmer

      1971

      Launched the SK-200, Panasonic’s First Electric Rice Warmer

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      Launched the World’s First Infrared Remote Controlled Color TV

      1972

      Launched the World’s First Infrared Remote Controlled Color TV

      In the midst of problems related to TV reliability, including parliamentary deliberation of operating errors by remote control units, the TH-6600FR was the world’s first to provide stable operation by infrared remote control. This system became the cornerstone for virtually all remote controlled electronic devices in use today.

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      1972

      Launched the "Pana Memory" VB-833, Panasonic’s First Telephone Answering Machine

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      Launched the “Panafax 2000” Telephone Facsimile for Office Use

      1973

      Launched the “Panafax 2000” Telephone Facsimile for Office Use

      Until the deregulation of telephone lines in March 1973, the demand for facsimile machines was limited to the government, news media, and a few major corporations because they used leased or semi-leased lines operated by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently NTT). Simultaneously with the deregulation of the telephone lines, Panasonic launched the "Panafax 2000," Japan’s first full-scale facsimile for office use. By integrating the transmitter and receiver, which were originally separated, and enabling users to operate it through a leased line or a landline, it instantly became a best-selling product.

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      Launched the NR-450SS, Panasonic’s First Household Refrigerator

      1973

      Launched the NR-450SS, Panasonic’s First Household Refrigerator

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      1974

      Launched the "Panavar," OF-Type High-Voltage Phase-Advancing Capacitor

      Achieved Japan's first all-plastic model.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Magnetic Card Reader

      1974

      Launched Panasonic’s First Magnetic Card Reader

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      Launched the NV-3120, Panasonic’s First Color Video Recorder (Professional-Use)

      1974

      Launched the NV-3120, Panasonic’s First Color Video Recorder (Professional-Use)

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      Launched the RQ-160, Panasonic’s First Microcassette Recorder

      1974

      Launched the RQ-160, Panasonic’s First Microcassette Recorder

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      1975

      Launched the "Pana POS Terminal 2000," Panasonic’s First Electronic Cash Register

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      Launched the VZ-M10, Panasonic’s First Home Video Camera

      1976

      Launched the VZ-M10, Panasonic’s First Home Video Camera

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      1977

      Launched the "Palook" Fluorescent Light

      The Palook was released as the first commercial three-wavelength fluorescent light. With its high color rendering properties with a color temperature of 5000K, it provides a more natural tint and has improved the cold color image of conventional fluorescent lighting. The name Palook has continued to be familiar and synonymous with Japan’s fluorescent lights for over 40 years since its launch.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Microwave and Convection Oven

      1977

      Launched Panasonic’s First Microwave and Convection Oven

      Panasonic launched the NE-8600, the first microwave and convection oven.
      * The photo shows the NE-8700 microwave oven in 1978.

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      Launched the TH-6000 Projection TV, Panasonic’s First Projector

      1977

      Launched the TH-6000 Projection TV, Panasonic’s First Projector

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      Launched the MN1400, the World's First 1-Chip Control Microcomputer

      1977

      Launched the MN1400, the World's First 1-Chip Control Microcomputer

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      Launched the VBT-200 VHS Home Video with 2-4 Hour Recording Capacity

      1977

      Launched the VBT-200 VHS Home Video with 2-4 Hour Recording Capacity

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      Launched the VZ-C510 VHS Portable Video Camera

      1978

      Launched the VZ-C510 VHS Portable Video Camera

      The , Panasonic’s first portable-type VHS video camera, was launched. The innovative model had a separate camera section and video deck section.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Compact Office Computer (PC)

      1978

      Launched Panasonic’s First Compact Office Computer (PC)

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      Launched Panasonic's First Paper Battery

      1979

      Launched Panasonic's First Paper Battery

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      Launched the NV-6000 VHS Home Video with 6-Hour Recording Capacity

      1979

      Launched the NV-6000 VHS Home Video with 6-Hour Recording Capacity

      This product offered the world’s first 6-hour recording capacity.

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      Launched the First

      1980

      Launched the First "Light Capsule" Light Bulb Socket Type Fluorescent Light

      The “Light Capsule T13” was Panasonic’s first compact fluorescent light bulb with a brightness equivalent to a 40-watt light bulb. It can be used with conventional power sockets, contributing to the longer life of the lighting and energy-savings primarily for business purposes.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Braille Copying Device

      1980

      Launched Panasonic’s First Braille Copying Device

      Panasonic’s first braille copying device was launched. The braille manuscripts that were read out were saved onto a magnetic recording sheet and copies were created quickly as necessary. Storing and searching for braille books became easier and more convenient, and the product was quickly introduced to schools for the blind.

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      1981

      Launched the "M II" AU-100, the World’s First Component Recording Compatible Broadcasting Camcorder

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      Launched the UF-212, Panasonic’s First High-Speed Facsimile

      1982

      Launched the UF-212, Panasonic’s First High-Speed Facsimile

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      Launched Panasonic’s First CD Player

      1982

      Launched Panasonic’s First CD Player

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      Launched the PQ-10, Panasonic's First Personal Wireless Equipment

      1983

      Launched the PQ-10, Panasonic's First Personal Wireless Equipment

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      Launched the 204-CF, Panasonic’s First Color Photo Facsimile

      1984

      Launched the 204-CF, Panasonic’s First Color Photo Facsimile

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Electronic Blackboard

      1984

      Launched Panasonic’s First Electronic Blackboard

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      1985

      Launched the "MacLord Movie" NV-M1, the Industry’s First VHS Integrated Video Camera

      The “MacLord Movie” NV-M1 VHS integrated video camera, which was the industry’s first video camera to combine the previously separate camera section and video deck section, was launched.

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      Launched the ZE-8000B1, Panasonic’s First Barcode Reader

      1985

      Launched the ZE-8000B1, Panasonic’s First Barcode Reader

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      Launched Panasonic’s First 100-Mbps Large-Scale Optical LAN

      1985

      Launched Panasonic’s First 100-Mbps Large-Scale Optical LAN

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      Launched Panasonic's First High-Capacity, Rechargeable, Ni-Cd Battery

      1985

      Launched Panasonic's First High-Capacity, Rechargeable, Ni-Cd Battery

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      Launched the TR-3LT1, Panasonic’s First Commercialized LCD Panel

      1986

      Launched the TR-3LT1, Panasonic’s First Commercialized LCD Panel

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      1986

      Launched the "Panafile 10," Panasonic’s First Optical Document File System

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Air Button Battery

      1986

      Launched Panasonic’s First Air Button Battery

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      Launched the SD-BT2, Japan’s First Fully Automatic Home Bakery

      1987

      Launched the SD-BT2, Japan’s First Fully Automatic Home Bakery

      The SD-BT2 home bakery allowed users to enjoy freshly baked bread at home. After proposing this new dietary lifestyle, the product became a major hit. The home bakery became deeply rooted in the market, further improvements were made, and new menu proposals were continually added. In August 2012, it achieved a total domestic production volume of four million units.

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      Launched the WE-F550, Panasonic’s First Speech Trainer

      1987

      Launched the WE-F550, Panasonic’s First Speech Trainer

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      1987

      Launched the "Pana Pop 51," Panasonic’s First Cordless Phone

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      1988

      Launched the "Nippon Daki" SR-IH18, the World’s First IH Rice Cooker

      The world’s first electric rice cooker that used an IH system to directly heat the pot was launched this year. A square design was adopted for the rice cooker, which conventionally featured a round shape, to convey the innovation of technology. The ability to cook delicious rice with high heating power became a popular topic of conversation.

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      Launched the F-C303E, Panasonic’s First 1/f Oscillating Fan

      1988

      Launched the F-C303E, Panasonic’s First 1/f Oscillating Fan

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      1988

      Launched the "Panacom M Series" CV-M353FD, Panasonic’s First 16-Bit Laptop PC

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      1988

      Launched the "Panacom M Series" CV-M800HE, Panasonic’s First 32-Bit Desktop PC

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      1988

      Launched the "Pana Copy Digital C1," FP-C1, Panasonic’s First Digital Color Copy Machine

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Voice Production and Utterance Training Machine

      1988

      Launched Panasonic’s First Voice Production and Utterance Training Machine

      A voice production and utterance training machine was launched to provide vocal training for people with speech impairments. Using various sensors to detect the vibrations of the nose and vocal cords, the convection of airflow and the position of the tongue, and visually displaying the ideal utterance and differences between the waveforms, this product enabled effective training even when alone.

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      Launched the AG-ES, Panasonic’s First Electronic Still Camera

      1988

      Launched the AG-ES, Panasonic’s First Electronic Still Camera

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Japanese to English Interpreting Device

      1989

      Launched Panasonic’s First Japanese to English Interpreting Device

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      Launched Panasonic's First Nickel-Hydrogen Storage Battery

      1989

      Launched Panasonic's First Nickel-Hydrogen Storage Battery

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      Launched the NV-W1 VHS World Standard VTR

      1990

      Launched the NV-W1 VHS World Standard VTR

      This was the industry’s first worldwide compatible VTR to support the recording and playback of three image systems, including the NTSC system, which was used in Japan and the U.S., as well as PAL and SECAM. To allow use in various countries, it was also equipped with a voltage switching function.

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      Launched the AK-HC1000, Panasonic’s First High-Definition 3CCD Camera

      1990

      Launched the AK-HC1000, Panasonic’s First High-Definition 3CCD Camera

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      Launched the “secre” CI-PI, Panasonic’s First Electronic System Notebook

      1990

      Launched the “secre” CI-PI, Panasonic’s First Electronic System Notebook

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      Launched Panasonic's First Neodymium Light Bulb

      1990

      Launched Panasonic's First Neodymium Light Bulb

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      1990

      Launched the "BE Series" CV-B2501C, Panasonic’s First 32-Bit Workstation

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      Launched the TH-36HD1, the Industry’s First High-Definition TV

      1991

      Launched the TH-36HD1, the Industry’s First High-Definition TV

      The TH-36HD1 was the industry’s first analog high-definition (MUSE format) TV, making it the forerunner for the high-definition TVs of 1994 and beyond.

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      Launched the LF-3100, Panasonic’s First 3.5-inch Rewritable Magneto-Optical Disk Drive

      1991

      Launched the LF-3100, Panasonic’s First 3.5-inch Rewritable Magneto-Optical Disk Drive

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      1991

      Launched the "Solbourne," Panasonic’s First 64-Bit Workstation

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      Launched Panasonic's First Vanadium Niobium Lithium Battery

      1991

      Launched Panasonic's First Vanadium Niobium Lithium Battery

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Optical LAN Video Transmission System

      1991

      Launched Panasonic’s First Optical LAN Video Transmission System

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Optical Digital Transmission System Stereo

      1991

      Launched Panasonic’s First Optical Digital Transmission System Stereo

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      Launched Panasonic's First Automotive CD Changer

      1991

      Launched Panasonic's First Automotive CD Changer

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      Launched the CV-M7000LCE, Panasonic’s First Laptop PC Using a TFT Color LCD

      1992

      Launched the CV-M7000LCE, Panasonic’s First Laptop PC Using a TFT Color LCD

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      Launched a Next-Generation Audio/Video System for aircraft

      1992

      Launched a Next-Generation Audio/Video System for aircraft

      Panasonic launched its first integrated audio/video system for personal in-flight entertainment. It has since delivered systems to airlines all over Europe and around the world.
      * The photo shows the "System 2000."

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      Launched the CN-V1000D Car Navigation System

      1993

      Launched the CN-V1000D Car Navigation System

      The CN-V1000D featured a GPS function and Autonomous Navigation Sensor. Equipped with the first consumer-use automatic route search function, the user simply entered the destination. The system would then search for and display the recommended route.

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      Launched Panasonic’s First “Flat Vision” Thin-Screen Color TV

      1993

      Launched Panasonic’s First “Flat Vision” Thin-Screen Color TV

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      Launched the KX-GA3 Portable Navigation System, Panasonic’s First Portable Type Car Navigation System

      1994

      Launched the KX-GA3 Portable Navigation System, Panasonic’s First Portable Type Car Navigation System

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      Launched the World’s First

      1994

      Launched the World’s First "PD" Optical Disk System

      The world’s first "PD" optical disk system was launched. Achieved an optical disk rewriting capacity of up to 650 MB and 4-speed CD-ROM playback with a single drive.

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      Launched the VE-PX1, Panasonic’s First Digital Type Home Cordless Phone

      1994

      Launched the VE-PX1, Panasonic’s First Digital Type Home Cordless Phone

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      Launched Panasonic’s First Broadcasting DVCPRO System

      1995

      Launched Panasonic’s First Broadcasting DVCPRO System

      The AJ-D700 digital 6mm camera recorder for video coverage, Panasonic’s first broadcasting DVCPRO system, was launched.Innovative Product: DVCPRO series video system

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      Developed the World's First Titanium Lithium-Ion Secondary Battery

      1995

      Developed the World's First Titanium Lithium-Ion Secondary Battery

      This world-first battery was developed as a back-up power supply for wristwatches that do not require battery replacement.

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      1996

      Launched the "Let’s Note" AL-N1 Notebook PC

      The AL-N1, the first-generation "Let’s Note" notebook PC, which made its debut this year before the word “mobile” became so commonly used, was so popular that it was oversold from the moment it was released. Notebook PCs at that time most often used VGA (640 x 480-dot) STN LCD displays, and even the lighter ones weighed about 2 kg. In contrast, the AL-N1 featured an SVGA (800 x 600-dot) TFT LCD display, with a B5 size, and light weight 1.5 kg. The "Let's Note" was highly evaluated, making it a highly popular mobile PC.

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      1996

      Launched the First "Toughbook" Rugged Notebook PC

      In September 1996, the Toughbook CF-25 attracted major praise, mainly from outside of Japan, for its rugged performance by clearing MIL standards, such as being safely dropped from a height of 80 cm, and possessing ample performance as a PC. The Toughbook name became widely known worldwide and was used by police departments in virtually every state of the U.S.
      * This product was originally marketed in Japan under the name "Pronote FG."

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      1996

      Launched the "Dream," the World’s First Counter-Type DVD Player

      The world's first DVD players, the DVD-A300 and DVD-A100 were launched. Using Panasonic’s original twin focus pick-up, the product was compatible not only with DVDs but also CDs and video CD playback. The DVD-A300 was also equipped with a built-in Dolby Digital AC-3 surround decoder. The product gathered the attention of many enthusiasts of full-fledged home theater.Innovative Product: DVD player

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      Launched the JT-S1, the Industry’s Smallest and Lightest 32-Bit Business Mobile

      1996

      Launched the JT-S1, the Industry’s Smallest and Lightest 32-Bit Business Mobile

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      Launched the LK-RV8581AT, Panasonic’s First DVD-ROM Drive

      1996

      Launched the LK-RV8581AT, Panasonic’s First DVD-ROM Drive

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      Launched the

      1997

      Launched the "Pinocchio" ALA-P1, Panasonic’s First Pen Type Input Personal Communicator

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      Launched the First Nickel-Hydrogen Storage Battery for HEV (Hybrid EV) Use

      1997

      Launched the First Nickel-Hydrogen Storage Battery for HEV (Hybrid EV) Use

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      Launched the “Media Stage 97” Multimedia-On-Demand System

      1997

      Launched the “Media Stage 97” Multimedia-On-Demand System

      The “Media Stage 97” multimedia-on-demand system was launched. It was the world’s first VD camera standard video-based VOD application system.

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      Launched Panasonic's First Nickel-Hydrogen Storage Battery for EV Use

      1997

      Launched Panasonic's First Nickel-Hydrogen Storage Battery for EV Use

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      Launched Panasonic's First Double Ring Fluorescent Lamp

      1997

      Launched Panasonic's First Double Ring Fluorescent Lamp

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      Launched the CN-DV007D, Panasonic's First Car Navigation System Equipped with a DVD-ROM Deck

      1997

      Launched the CN-DV007D, Panasonic's First Car Navigation System Equipped with a DVD-ROM Deck

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      Launched the CS-XG25M, the Industry’s First Air Conditioner to use R410 Refrigerant

      1998

      Launched the CS-XG25M, the Industry’s First Air Conditioner to use R410 Refrigerant

      Instead of the commonly used R22 refrigerant, this air conditioner used R410 refrigerant, with a lower ozone layer depletion coefficient. This allowed the company to achieve production that considered the environment at an earlier stage than many other manufacturers.

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      Launched the “Corner Air Conditioner

      1998

      Launched the “Corner Air Conditioner"

      Launched the CS-PG28Y2 air conditioner, Panasonic's first model to be installed in a ceiling corner.

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      Launched the LF-D100J, Panasonic’s First External DVD-RAM Drive

      1998

      Launched the LF-D100J, Panasonic’s First External DVD-RAM Drive

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      Launched Panasonic's First Lithium Polymer Battery

      1999

      Launched Panasonic's First Lithium Polymer Battery

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      Developed an All-House, High-Density, Heat-Insulating Air Conditioning System

      1999

      Developed an All-House, High-Density, Heat-Insulating Air Conditioning System

      Panasonic's first all-house air conditioning system was developed using a current-free dehumidification system.

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      Launched Panasonic's First ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) System

      2001

      Launched Panasonic's First ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) System

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      Launched the NR-C32EP, Japan’s First CFC-Free Refrigerator

      2002

      Launched the NR-C32EP, Japan’s First CFC-Free Refrigerator

      The NR-C32EP, Japan’s first eco-friendly refrigerator that didn’t use CFC was launched. It also won Japan’s Good Design Award for this year.

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      2010

      Launched the "VIERA," the World’s First Full-HD 3D Compatible TV

      This product was the world’s first model to offer compatibility with 3D Full-HD images by putting on a pair of special 3D glasses. In addition to the dynamic images that appeared to jump off the screen, adding a significant sense of depth enabled viewers to immerse into the scenes as if they were there in real life. This model received a large amount of buzz thanks to 3D trend in the film industry.

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      Launched the PT-RZ370 and PT-RW330, Panasonic's First Lamp-Free Projectors

      2012

      Launched the PT-RZ370 and PT-RW330, Panasonic's First Lamp-Free Projectors

      The use of a new light source and unique Panasonic technology have achieved levels of picture quality and brightness, as well as reliability, that were simply not possible with conventional lamp-type projectors. Panasonic's first lamp-free models also reduced running costs.Projector Global

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      2013

      Launched the "4K VIERA" Next-Generation TV

      This was the first “VIERA” model to offer compatibility with 4K UHD (2160p, 3840×2160), for images with approximately four times the detail of Full-HD. It was the world’s first consumer TV to comply with DisplayPort 1.2a/HDMI 2.0, and pursued the high picture quality of the 4K 60p frame rate.

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      Launched Professional Displays with Built-In

      2016

      Launched Professional Displays with Built-In "LinkRay" Light ID Technology

      Professional displays, integrated with Panasonic’s original Light ID transmission function developed from visible-light communication technology, were released. This product switches and transmits multiple Light IDs linked to the content appearing on the display, to display a wide range of information on devices such as smartphones, to provide an information solution for use in the distribution industry, transport industry, and in museums or exhibitions.LinkRay

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      Began Offering the

      2016

      Began Offering the "Megahonyaku," Megaphone-Shaped Multilingual Translation Service

      The megaphone-shaped translation device enabled the playback of registered fixed phrases in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. This device enabled users to smoothly guide and lead customers of different nationalities in a variety of locations and situations such as transportation facilities like airports and train stations, tourist sites, and events.Panasonic to Provide Multilingual Translation Service Using Megaphone-shaped Translator (Nov 25, 2016)

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