NTT DOCOMO to Dissolve HIVE Inc. Subsidiary


TOKYO, JAPAN, September 22, 2008 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it will dissolve HIVE Inc., a subsidiary based in Japan.

  1. Outline of subsidiary

    Company name: HIVE Inc.
    Address: 5-4-9 Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Representative: Shigemi Suzuki
    Business: Management of anime-related web portal sites and marketing of anime-related businesses
    Capital: 88,000,000 yen
    Shares issued: 1,760 shares
    Fiscal year-end: March 31
    Employees: 2 (as of August 31, 2008)
    Main customers: DOCOMO, etc.
    Shareholders: 98.9% owned by DOCOMO

  2. Reasons for Dissolution

    DOCOMO established HIVE Inc. as part of its program to encourage employee entrepreneurship. The subsidiary's purpose was to manage a social network service and anime-related web portal sites, as well as to provide marketing and consulting services for anime-related businesses. A tightening business environment, however, has made it difficult for the subsidiary to meet its revenue and profit targets, prompting DOCOMO's decision to dissolve the company.

  3. Schedule

    The dissolution is expected to be completed in February 2009.

  4. Impact on DOCOMO's Operating Results

    The dissolution is expected to have very little impact on DOCOMO's consolidated and non-consolidated financial results for the year ending March 31, 2009, and DOCOMO is not amending its forecast earnings for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009 in connection with the dissolution.

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