News Release

September 7, 2009
Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Hitachi Chemical Continues to be Selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index

Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (Head office: Tokyo, President & CEO: Kazuyuki Tanaka, Paid-in Capital: 15.5 billion yen, hereafter "the Company") has been selected as a constituent member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI AP), one of the major indices for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), continuously.

The DJSI AP is a new index implemented in January 2009 as one of the SRI indexes series (Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, or DSJI for short) that are developed jointly by the United States’ Dow Jones & Company, and Switzerland’s SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) Group and STOXX Limited. The index evaluates the sustainability of 600 major companies based in the Asia-Pacific region from economic, environmental, and social perspectives, and selects companies that are ranked in the top 20 percent. Sustainability evaluation is reviewed in September each year. On the basis of this year’s review (effective from September 3), 130 companies were selected, of which 78 were Japanese. Hitachi Chemical is one of the Japanese companies that were selected.

To achieve sustainable development supported by the trust of stakeholders, businesses must fulfill their corporate social responsibility. Encouraged by being chosen for the index continuously, the Company will intensify its efforts to further improve its compliance, corporate governance, environmental conservation as well as social contribution activities, thus helping to build a prosperous and vigorous society through the development of new products and a range of business activities.

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Major SRI indices that include Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index
(Sustainable Asset Management, etc.)
Switzerland, etc. Since April. 2009
FTSE4Good Global Index Series (FTSE) U.K. Since March 2004
Morningstar SRI Index (Morningstar) Japan Since Sept. 2006