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Business Tie-Up Between Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank
and The Japan Research Institute, Limited

July 28, 2005

Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank
The Japan Research Institute, Limited

Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank (Headquarters: Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu; Chairman: Yutaka Nunogaki) and The Japan Research Institute, Limited ("JRI"; Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Shunichi Okuyama) recently concluded a business tie-up agreement as described below. The agreement is JRI's first tie-up on consulting business with a credit association.

1. Objective

Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank has entered into a tie-up on consulting business with JRI, one of Japan's leading integrated think tanks, with a view to achieving the "enhancement of management consulting and support services offered to client companies", "further enhancement of consulting and information services provided to small businesses", and "effective utilization of outside experts, organizations, etc.", required of regional financial institutions in the Financial Services Agency's "Action Program Concerning the Enhancement of Functions in Financial Services With Close Local Connections" and enhancing the consulting and information consulting services provided to its small business clients.

2. Outline of Agreement

Inquiries received by branches of Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank from client companies wishing to boost their sales, cut their costs or implement a general review of their operations will be passed on to JRI. By introducing client companies to specialists in management consultancy with an objective viewpoint and a strong track record, Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank aims to offer client companies practical knowledge and expertise on the management issues they face and help them to find solutions to those issues and achieve further growth and development.

Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank seeks to enhance the convenience and peace of mind offered by its services and make clients feel "Glad to be with Chushin".

3. Date of Agreement

June 30, 2005

For your reference:

About Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank (as of March 31, 2005)

Headquarters: 91 Kankoboko-cho, Shijo-dori Muromachi Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu Established: June 18, 1940
Credit balance: ¥3,240,800 million
Loans outstanding: ¥1,959,400 million
Number of employees: 2,331
Number of branches: 124

For more information on the content of this report, please contact: Hanaki Public Relations Division, Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank

Tel: 075-223-8385
E-mail:koho@chushin.co.jp

Sato the Japan Research Institute, Limited.

Tel: 03-3288-5360
E-mail:sato.yoshihito@jri.co.jp

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