Back then, Panasonic still went by the corporate name Matsushita Electric Industrial and was in dire straits following the dot-com bubble burst.
As Panasonic's CEO, Kunio Nakamura pushed through drastic reforms that broke the rules of Japanese business management.
OSAKA -- Shortly after taking over as Panasonic president in 2000, Kunio Nakamura -- who died of pneumonia on Monday at age 83 in an Osaka hospital -- was called into the office of then-Toyota Motor Chairman Shoichiro Toyoda.
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