Hitachi Begins Joint Research with Three American Universities Targeting Resource-renewable Boiling Water Reactors that can Reduce the Time Required for Decay

Tokyo, Japan, August 28, 2014 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) announced today that they have begun joint research with three American universities – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Michigan (U-M), and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) – aimed at using Transuranium Elements (TRUs(1)) as fuel, and the development of Resource-renewable Boiling Water Reactors (RBWRs) that enable the effective use of uranium resources. Through this joint research, Hitachi plans to evaluate the performance and safety of RBWRs, which is being developed by Hitachi and Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy Ltd., and to study plans for testing with a view toward practical applications with each university.