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Hitachi Ltd.(NYSE:HIT/TSE:6501) today announced that it will sponsor the 9th EU
Hitachi Science & Technology Forum, which will take place in Warsaw, Poland from
May 19-21. Previous locations of the forum include Athens, Budapest and Stockholm.
The impact that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have on the safety, trust and security of European citizens will be the theme of this years Forum. Forum members and their guests will discuss and debate the benefits and shortfalls of ICT for European Citizens living in an ever evolving digital age.

The Forum will be officially opened by Minister Ikuo Mizuki from the Japanese Embassy
in Poland. Key note speeches on the opening night will be delivered by Professor
Mieczyslaw Muraszkiewicz, from the Warsaw University of Technology, Professor
Simon Davies, from the London School of Economics and the Earl of Erroll, member of
the House of Lords. On behalf of Hitachi, Sir Stephen Gomersall, Chief Executive for
Europe, will welcome the Forum participants.

The forum participants will split up into five panel discussions, each one dealing with an important aspect of the impact of ICT (threats, privacy, societal impact, digital divide, business model) on European citizens. The results of each of the parallel working sessions will be compiled into a summary report. This publication is seen by Hitachi as one of its major contributions to the European public policy debate. This summary will be circulated to European Commission officials, members of the European Parliament, EU Member State officials, and Hitachis business partners in Europe.

Members of the Forum are Europeans who have been offered internships in Japan by
Hitachi at the end of their university studies, or as part of an executive training program developed jointly by the European Commission and the Japanese Government. Forum members stayed in Japan as Hitachis guests for periods varying from three months to three years at its plants, research laboratories or company headquarters. Approximately 150 European citizens are members of the Forum. Amongst other invitees to the Forum there are also students and academics from the Warsaw University of Technology as well as Polish government and business leaders.

The EU Hitachi Science & Technology Forum is chaired by Dr. Michiharu Nakamura,
Executive Vice President & Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd., in charge of Worldwide
R&D. He is supported by an advisory board comprised of Forum fellows.

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