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Panasonic uneasy about partner Elon Musk's bombshells

Tesla chief now seen as risk to Japanese company's battery business

Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga, right, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have built mutual trust through their companies' car battery partnership. 

TOKYO -- Panasonic is beginning to reassess its relationship with U.S. automaker Tesla and its freewheeling CEO, Elon Musk.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against Musk on Thursday, alleging he made "false and misleading statements" when he tweeted in August about plans to take his carmaker private.

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