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Asatsu-DK to Open Development Office to Prepare for the Establishment of a Next-Generation Total Online Agency Specializing in Interactive Media Services

Asatsu -DK Inc., hereafter referred to as "ADK"(Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director, President and CEO: Koichiro Naganuma), today announced plans to open a development office on April 1, 2006, to prepare for the establishment of a next-generation total online agency that will specialize in interactive media services. The new online agency will be a wholly owned subsidiary of ADK and will be established in the third quarter of the fiscal year ending December 31, 2006.

The new agency will offer one-stop services that meet a variety of client needs in the Internet advertising arena, including:
development of cross-media campaigns utilizing the Internet (including those for mobile phones)
design and production of web sites
purchase of Internet media
development of blogs, social networking services and other consumer-generated media.

The new agency reflects ADK's "under one roof" approach and will seek to generate considerable synergies with ADK by capitalizing on the various solutions-development functions of ADK Group companies.

The popularization of the Internet and mobile phones has altered consumer behavior dramatically in recent years. The rapid growth of broadband has facilitated high-speed consumer access to vast quantities of information, as well as the simultaneous use of a full range of Internet media. In this environment, ADK's new online advertising agency will position it to offer sophisticated, integrated marketing and communications services that respond to clients' needs in the interactive media arena.

The enhancement of the ADK Group's capabilities in high-growth online agency services--notably in Internet and cross-media advertising--and the sales activities of the new agency will facilitate the creation of a business model that supports a flexible response to the rapid amalgamation of digital communications and broadcast media. Accordingly, this will remain a key component of the ADK Group's growth strategy going forward.

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