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U.S. Federal Trade Commission Approves
Hitachi-IBM Hard Disk Drive Venture
TOKYO, Japan and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- December 2, 2002 - Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT, TSE: 6501) and IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) today announced that on November 27 the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved plans by Hitachi and IBM to combine their hard disk drive operations, forming a new company to be called Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

 Hitachi and IBM previously received antitrust approval for the proposed transaction from the European Commission, the Japan Fair Trade Commission, Brazil's Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica (CADE) and Taiwan region's Fair Trade Commission.

Hitachi and IBM are waiting to receive approval from one jurisdiction.


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