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OSAKA (Kyodo) Panasonic Corp. began building a factory Monday in the city of Osaka to manufacture lithium-ion batteries, which are in strong demand for use in cell phones and personal computers.

Seeking to start full-fledged production in April 2010, Panasonic held a morning groundbreaking ceremony for the factory on the former premises of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s power plant in Suminoe Ward.

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