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Panasonic Corp. is planning to shift production of some “white goods” appliances for domestic consumption back to Japan due to higher import costs stemming from the weakened yen, company sources said Thursday.

The company is considering starting production of induction heating cookers at a plant in Kobe and washing machines and air conditioners at a plant in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, this summer, they said.

Panasonic has been importing these products from China and other countries where manufacturing costs are relatively low.

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