Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2001 - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) today
announced that The Hitachi Group of North America is donating $1 million
to the American Red Cross in support of recovery work and victim relief
activities in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September
11. In addition to the financial support, Hitachi technology and equipment
is being employed in several aspects of the relief effort. Hitachi
is contributing DNA gene sequencing technology, which is being employed
by medical officials in New York City to assist in the task of identification.
Hitachi also has donated demolition hammers and heavy duty metal cutting
hardware that are being used in the recovery operation.
Employees of Hitachi America, Ltd. and other members of the Hitachi
Group in North America have been engaged in a number of related volunteer
activities, including the giving of blood and individual donations.
In addition, The Hitachi Foundation, which is based in Washington,
D.C., has made a victim-relief donation of $50,000 to the American
Hitachi wishes to express its deepest sympathies to those people affected
by the attacks, including the families of the victims and to the American
people. We also wish to pay tribute to all those involved in the recovery
work, and for those who survived the attacks, we pray for a
swift healing and return to a normal life.
Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT),
markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems
and products, consumer electronics and semiconductors, and provides
industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more
information, visit http://www.hitachi.com.
Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's
leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 2000 (ended March
31, 2001) consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen ($67.9 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://global.hitachi.com.