Notice Regarding Commencement of Tender Offer by Subsidiary

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT / TSE:6501 “Hitachi”) today announced that Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (TSE:4217), a subsidiary of Hitachi, has determined to commence a tender offer for shares of Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd. (TSE:6934) at a meeting of its Board of Directors held on November 25, 2011 as attached.