doubled its production capacity for plasma display panel televisions Monday at its factory in Amagasaki
, Hyogo Prefecture, to respond to surging global demand for flat-panel TVs, the company said.
5 million yen from seven safes at five supermarkets in Osaka Prefecture and neighboring Hyogo Prefecture's cities of Amagasaki
and Itami early Monday morning, police said.
Mitsubishi Electric President Tamotsu Nomakuchi told a news conference in Amagasaki
, Hyogo Prefecture, ''We want to release the product on the market in two years'' by creating a mass-production line capable of being run on a commercial basis.
The accident in Amagasaki
, Hyogo Prefecture, in April 2005 -- in which more than 100 passengers were killed -- involved 207 series cars.
Matsushita said it expects the new factory in Amagasaki
to start operations in July 2007.
Residents of Amagasaki
, Hyogo Prefecture have decided to lodge a complaint with a ministry panel over the government's failure to abide by a 2000 settlement on vehicle emissions, sources close to the dispute said Thursday.
The new plant in Amagasaki
, which will go on line in the summer of 2007, will eventually have an annual output capacity of 6 million panels, they said.
Earlier this year, on April 25, a JR West commuter train derailed in Amagasaki
, Hyogo Prefecture, killing 107 people and injuring 555 because of speeding by the train driver who also died in the accident.
Nomura, a resident of the United states, filed the suit with the Amagasaki
branch of the Kobe District Court.
Matsushita said its largest PDP plant began operating in Amagasaki
, Hyogo Prefecture, last Friday, two months ahead of schedule.
Time deposits at Amagasaki
Shinkin Bank whose interest rates are linked to the performance of the Hanshin Tigers professional baseball club, exceeded 100 billion yen as of Tuesday, an official at the bank said Wednesday.
JR West found the glitch after the government's Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission asked for ATS data in early September, following the fatal derailment of a JR West commuter line in Amagasaki
, Hyogo Prefecture, on April 25.