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Hitachi America Ltd. XBRL Business Unit Xinba™ 2.0 Reader Now Available Free at

-- Free Tool Includes SEC Plug-In to Easily Review/Analyze SEC Filings in Microsoft® Excel® --

BRISBANE, Calif, March 12, 2007 -- Hitachi America, Ltd. XBRL Business Unit, which develops and delivers eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) solutions for corporate and government customers, today announced that its Xinba™ 2.0 Reader is now available in a free downloadable version featuring a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Plug-In that allows users to more easily view SEC Voluntary Filing Program (VFP) filings

Xinba Reader is a desktop-based Microsoft® Excel® add-in that gives users the capability to import, open and read XBRL financial information directly in Microsoft Excel. Unlike other XBRL readers that can only read from proprietary data sources, Xinba Reader can open and read any XBRL-compliant document.

With the addition of the SEC Plug-In, Xinba Reader users can now read and analyze XBRL-based SEC VFP filings quickly and easily. XBRL’s interactive data is leading to a new era in financial analysis, allowing analysts to more easily “get under the hood” of publicly-held companies.

“The increasing use of XBRL’s interactive data by the SEC is creating a new era of financial transparency,” said Wilson So, general manager of Hitachi America, Ltd. XBRL Business Unit, observing that SEC Chairman Christopher Cox was recently quoted as claiming that "(Interactive data) directly led to the uncovering of billions of dollars of backdated stock option awards."

Xinba 2.0 Reader with the SEC Plug-In runs on all versions of Microsoft Excel: 2000, XP, and 2003 and can be downloaded free at

About Hitachi

Hitachi America, Ltd., XBRL Business Unit delivers superior eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) solutions that improve corporate governance, restore shareholder confidence and enable market agility by delivering correct actionable data in real time.

Hitachi is a pioneer in the development of XBRL products and services for the financial and business communities at large. In addition to developing its own offerings, Hitachi partners with other firms – including systems integrators, auditing firms, and service providers – to create innovative XBRL solutions. The company has working partnerships with Merrill Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Hitachi America, Ltd. XBRL Business Unit focuses on developing business relationships with four types of companies: those who want to reduce their time for financial analysis and reporting; those with multiple divisions that are in a merger/acquisition process; those trading on foreign or multinational exchanges; and those that want to be perceived as leaders in technology adoption. A copy of the business unit’s white paper “The XBRL-Enabled Company” can be downloaded at

For more information, please visit or contact Hitachi at 1-888-HITACHI, or

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at


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Gerard F. Corbett
Hitachi America, Ltd., Branding and Corp. Communications Group

Tadashi Hisanaga
Hitachi America, Ltd., Branding and Corp. Communications Group

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