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Panasonic Demonstrates that the Air Purifying Technology using Electrostatic Atomized Water Particles Can Keep a Dog’s Skin and Hair Healthy

May 18, 2012

Osaka, May 17, 2012 – (JCN Newswire) – Panasonic Corporation today announced that tests carried out with air purifying technology using nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particles(1) produced by applying high voltage to water have suggested that the technology can keep a dog’s skinand hair healthy. This demonstration was achieved through collaboration with Professor Toshiroh Iwasaki, Laboratory of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Japan is now inthe midst of a pet boom. A public opinion survey shows that 34.2%(2) of respondents have a pet, and other research shows that 72%(3) of pet owners keep their pets indoors. Like humans, pets can suffer from allergy symptoms caused by house dust andother allergens. A questionnaire survey shows that skin disease, including allergic and atopic dermatitis, is the most common disease in dogs, making up about 40%(4) of all cases.

With the help of families with a dog diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, Panasonic Ecology Systems Co., Ltd., a Panasonic group company, conducted a four-week test at each family residence, continuously operating an air purifier in the room where the dog was mainly kept to demonstrate the effects of the air purifyingtechnology on their dog’s skin and hair.

The effects were assessed using a clinical scoring system(5) called CADESI (Canine Atopic Dermatitis Extent and Severity Index)(6), which was developed for veterinarians to assess dermatitis. The joint assessment with Professor Iwasaki showed that the clinical score after the test was lower than that before the test, suggesting that the air purifying technology using nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particles can keep a dog’s skin and hair healthy.

The research results will be presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Board of Veterinary Practitioners held in Hotel New Otani Tokyo on September 28 to 30, 2012.

Full details available at http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/global/news_m.html

(1) Nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particles
http://panasonic.co.jp/company/r-and-d/technology/nanoe/index.html

(2) Public Opinion Research by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, regarding the pet-rearing status
http://www8.cao.go.jp/survey/h22/h22-doubutu/zh/z03.html (Apr. 23, 2012)

(3) Pet-related market research by Fuji Keizai Co., Ltd.
https://www.fuji-keizai.co.jp/market/11036.html (Apr. 23, 2012)

(4) Questionnaire survey by Pet Soken
http://www.pet-soken.jp/result/blog.cgi/permalink/20110328000000 (Apr. 23, 2012)

(5) A system for scoring the severity of four dermatitis symptoms in 27 areas of the body on a scale from 0 (none) to 5 (severe). A higher score indicates severer symptoms of dermatitis.

(6) Olivry T, Marsella R, Iwasaki T. Validation of CADESI-3, a severity scale for clinical trials enrolling dogs with atopic dermatitis. Vet Dermatol 2007 18: 78-86.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 8.69 trillion yen (US$105 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2011. The company’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company’s website at http://panasonic.net.

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