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For Immediate Release 

Susan Barich
Director of Business Development
Silicon Valley World Internet Center


Japanese computer giant cultivating American partnerships through the Center

October 5, 2000, Palo Alto, Calif. -- The Silicon Valley World Internet Center today announced that Fujitsu, one of the largest IT vendors in Japan, is joining the Center as an Executive Sponsor.

As part of a strategy for developing American partnerships that will strengthen their hold on their Japanese markets, Fujitsu has chosen to take advantage of the networking and marketing opportunities, as well as the knowledge exchange, available through the Center.

"At the dawn of the 21 century, the Internet is establishing itself as a new social infrastructure," said Masaaki Isomura, executive director for strategic planning at Fujitsu Software Corporation. "Fujitsu is committed to aggressively introducing products and services targeted to that new infrastructure. We can connect a wide variety of people, as well as machines and equipment, by exploiting our computer and networking technologies."

Fujitsu has several subsidiaries currently in Silicon Valley, including Amdahl Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited; Fujitsu Laboratory of America; Fujitsu Software Corporation; and Fujitsu Systems Business of America.

"We are honored," said Isomura, "to be collaborating with the Centerís Executive Sponsors, advancing the Internet Economy. The Center will give us a great opportunity to share views with the community's thought-leaders who are enthusiastically driving the innovation of the Internet."

The executive level sponsorship at the Center allows Fujitsu to participate with other Silicon Valley industry leaders in community development programs, partnership opportunities and customized "Think Tank Sessions", to solicit and exchange new ideas. As an executive sponsor, Fujitsu will showcase its technology and market innovations, hold panel discussions with sponsors and other internet thought-leaders, and participate in customer showcases and special events. Fujitsu will also be a regular participant at the Centerís weekly informal "Pubs".


The Center, a dynamic think tank, showcase and collaboration facility for the advancement of eMarkets and Internet-related technologies, is currently sponsored by key companies in the Internet revolution: Amdocs, Inc., Deutsche Telekom, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, Metiom, SAP, and Sun Microsystems.