ITOCHU

ITOCHU Corporation

ITOCHU International Inc's parent company, ITOCHU Corporation is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. As a member of the Fortune Global 500, ITOCHU is one of Japan's major sogo shosha, or general trading companies. ITOCHU is active in sales, distribution, financing, importing and exporting in a variety of sectors — "from soybeans to satellites" — including textiles, automobiles and machinery, aerospace, information technology, energy, metals, food, insurance, and logistics. ITOCHU is active worldwide, with thousands of employees and 150 offices in more than 80 countries. ITOCHU also has more than 700 affiliates and subsidiaries globally, including joint ventures with companies such as General Motors, AOL Time Warner, Dunhill, and Exxon.

You can visit ITOCHU Corporation's web site at www.itochu.co.jp.

ITOCHU International Inc.

III is the wholly owned North American subsidiary of ITOCHU, and is based in New York City. III is involved in import and export of textiles, machinery, aerospace and electronics, steel and raw materials, metals, food, forest products, and chemicals. In addition, III has amassed a portfolio of more than 21 successful subsidiary and affiliate companies, many of which are leaders in their fields — companies such as TeleHealth Services, the largest provider of hospital television systems in the U.S., Master Halco, the largest manufacturer of fencing materials in North America, and PrimeSource, the largest purveyor of fasteners in the world. III also helps introduce American technology products to Japan through ITOCHU Technology Inc, a subsidiary based in Silicon Valley.

You can visit ITOCHU International's web site at www.itochu.com.