CHIBA (Kyodo) CEATEC, Japan’s biggest information technology and electronics fair, opened Tuesday as competition for next-generation televisions using three-dimensional technology heats up amid the global economic downturn.

While the annual show has focused in recent years on technological advances in making flat-panel TVs ever thinner, attention this year will be on products that can bring the 3-D technology from cinemas into homes, as promised by both Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp.

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