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HITACHI HOSTS JAPAN TEACHERS IN NORTH AMERICA
-- Program Marks Hitachi’s 20th Year Sponsoring Global Teacher Exchange --
TARRYTOWN, N.Y., April 26, 2007 -- Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced that four teachers from Japan will take part in an educational and cultural exchange venue in North America as part of Hitachi’s long-standing International School Teachers Exchange Program (HISTEP) that began in 1987.
The HISTEP program provides educators from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan with the opportunity to experience each other’s educational system and society, and promote the open exchange of ideas between cultures.
The four teachers will receive an overview of educational system in the U.S., as well as observe and teach classes. They will meet with local education, government and business leaders in the Westchester County, New York and Harrodsburg, Kentucky, spend a day with the family of a Hitachi employee, and tour points of interest in the respective cities, before returning to Japan. In addition, the teachers will take part in roundtable discussions with their North America counterparts and alumni of the HISTEP Program, and participate in teaching venues in schools in central Kentucky; and Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, New York.
Masahide Tanigaki, president and CEO of Hitachi America, Ltd., said, “We are proud that the HISTEP program provides Hitachi with the opportunity to promote and support education and the mutual understanding among different cultures. For the last 20 years, HISTEP teachers have had the opportunity to observe another culture and share the experience with their students. Some 140 educators have been part of this program, since it began in 1987.”
The Japan-based teachers in this year’s program are Ms. Yoshimi Namba, Sakamoto Junior High School, Hitachi City, Japan; Mr. Norio Sone, Mito Daini Senior High School, Mito City, Japan; Mr. Shinichi Amemiya, Oizumi Middle School, Tokyo, Japan; and Mr. Yutaka Yoshioka, Mito Daiichi Senior High School, Mito City, Japan.
Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.
Gerard F. Corbett
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd.