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At Casio, a generational split opens path back to prominence

President preparing electronics maker to function minus his charismatic dad

Casio Computer President Kazuhiro Kashio

TOKYO -- Behind silver-frame glasses and beneath a mop of wavy, graying hair, soft-spoken Casio Computer President Kazuhiro Kashio cuts a far more subdued figure than his charismatic, take-charge father, Chairman Kazuo Kashio.

But the intellectual engineer's relatively hands-off approach could be just what the electronics company needs after a decade of struggling to regain its former stature by force of will.

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