*1 Biomass resource is a general term that indicates agricultural or marine products including surplus and the untapped natural resources. They are expected to become a resource for the next generation in the fields of energy and raw materials as they are renewable, unlike fossil fuels.
*2 The front panel of DVD player pictured was produced using a mold of the existing model, and thereby is not the new-type model that will be marketed in the fiscal year 2004.
*3 UL 94 refers to the standard established by Underwriters Laboratories Inc, a private organization in the U.S., regarding flame resistance of plastics. V-2 stands for the class of flame retardant, and many kinds of electrical or electronic equipment are required to satisfy this class.
*4 Polylactic acid is made by fermenting corn starch or sugar using lactic acid bacteria and then chemically polymerizing the ingredients. It is biodegradable and gradually decomposes to water and carbon dioxide in the environment.
*5 RoHS Directive is a directive issued by the European parliament and the council of the EU on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The directive will be effective from July, 2006.
*6 ABS resin is a kind of plastic widely used for electrical or electronic equipment.