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                      News Release

                      January 25, 1999

                      Hitachi and Nihon Unisys to form an alliance on sales in the EC field

                      -Nihon Unisys to sell Hitachi's EC software products-

                      Hitachi, Ltd. and Nihon Unisys, Ltd. (NUL) have agreed to enter in to a reseller agreement 
                      under which NUL will sell Hitachi's EC (Electronic Commerce) software products. This 
                      collaboration will create synergy by multiplying Hitachi's powerful product-developing 
                      capabilities with NUL's award-winning SI consulting capabilities, which will enable both 
                      companies to respond actively to the emerging EC business and market. 
                      
                      In October 1996, Hitachi announced "Hitachi Commerce Solutions" composed of various 
                      EC software products and services to support the development of comprehensive EC 
                      systems. Since then Hitachi has been providing new EC software products and services for 
                      the Business-to-Consumer system, Business-to-Business system and EC Payment system to 
                      achieve its EC total solution. "Hitachi Trading Server," in particular, has been used widely in 
                      the development of sophisticated EDI systems as the enterprise EC platform and also as the 
                      backbone of TWX-21, Hitachi's Business to Business media service, which now has some 
                      1,000 member companies.  
                      
                      Since 1995, NUL has been focusing on the EC business sector developing and marketing 
                      global-standard-complying products and services such as "System(Nyu)" and "EC 
                      Enabling Middleware," both of which were developed to comply with upcoming global EC 
                      standards. NUL has also restructured its organization to better serve its customers in the EC 
                      business area. As part of this, in May last year NUL opened its EC/CALS Experiment 
                      Laboratory, a test bed for conducting research and verifying potential EC/CALS products.  
                      NUL has also been providing a wider range of security protection products. 
                      
                      Under the new reseller agreement, Hitachi will provide NUL with its "Hitachi Commerce 
                      Solutions" EC software products, that are based on CORBA technology, an industry-
                      standard distributed object technology.  NUL will integrate Hitachi's software products into  
                      System, using its own technology and adding value.  Product details and pricing will be 
                      announced in March 1999.
                      
                      Hitachi and NUL will strengthen their ties and collaboration in the area of electronic 
                      commerce, starting with work-sharing of EC application development. The two companies 
                      will also explore an alliance to encompass solution and middleware products that will be 
                      required in the aftermath of changes brought about by the "Big Bang" in the financial and 
                      other industries. 
                      
                      Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics 
                      companies, with fiscal 1997 (ended March 31, 1998) consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen 
                      ($63.8 billion*).  The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, 
                      including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial 
                      equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at 
                      http://www.hitachi.co.jp.
                            * At an exchange rate of 132 yen to the dollar.
                           
                      Nihon Unisys, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, founded in 1958 is the joint venture of 
                      Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Unisys Corp. with fiscal year 1997 Non-consolidated sales (ending 
                      March 31, 1998) of 293.2 billion yen.  The company provides products and services, 
                      including mainframe computers, personal computers, software, system related and network 
                      related services.  Please visit Nihon Unisys's Web site at http://www.unisys.co.jp.
                      
                      Contact:
                      Emi Takase						Teiji Ikeuchi
                      Hitachi, Ltd.						Nihon Unisys, Ltd.
                      (03) 3258-2055						(03) 5546-7411
                      emi@cm.head.hitachi.co.jp				Teiji.ikeuchi@unisys.co.jp
                      
                      


                      WRITTEN BY Secretary's Office
                      All Rights Reserved, Copyright (C) 1999, Hitachi, Ltd.

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