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Q1 When was IIJ established?

IIJ was established on December 3, 1992 as the first domestic Internet Service Provider (ISP)blank in Japan by a group of highly motivated and skilled top level IPblank Engineers from all over Japan.
For details, please refer to Corporate Profileblank.

Q2 What is the origin of IIJ's company name "Internet Initiative Japan Inc."

As a pioneer company that has created the "Internet in Japan," we pledge to take "initiative" in internet related technology and to contribute to the growth of the Japanese information society. This pledge to lead the Internet is what makes us "IIJ" and is in our Company name. Please also see IIJ's Visionblank.

Q3 I'd like to know more about IIJ's history.

We are proud that we have created many Internet related prototype services in Japan. As the Internet related market grew, our business has shifted from Internet Service Provider (ISP)blank to Total Network Solution Providerblank. Currently, we provide Internet connectivity services, outsourcing services, WANblank services and systems integrationblank as a total solutionblank to over 8,500 clients from blue chip companies to governmental organizations.
For details, please refer to Company Historyblank.

Q4 I'd like to know more about IIJ's business.

We provide Internet connectivity services, outsourcing services, WANblank services, systems construction, systems operation and maintenance, equipment sales, and ATM operation business.
For details, please refer to Business Overviewblank.

Q5 How many employees are there?

As of March 31, 2016, there are 2,980 employees on a consolidated basis and 1,751 employees on a non-consolidated basis.

Q6 How is the employee distribution?

Of all the employees, about 70% are engineers, 20% are sales and 10% are administrative.

Q7 What is IIJ's stance towards hiring newly graduates?

We believe it is very important to hire and train newly graduates for IIJ to continue its growth in the mid-to-long term. Under this principal, we have focused on hiring newly graduates and hired 136 personnel in April 2013, 129 personnel in April 2014, 155 personnel in April 2015 and 137 personnel in April 2016.

Q8 I'd like to know more about consolidated subsidiaries and equity method investees.

IIJ and its consolidated subsidiaries and equity method investees are providing a total network solution to customers as "a Group". As of March 31, 2016, there are 15 consolidated subsidiaries and 8 equity method investees.
For details, please refer to IIJ Groupblank.

Q9 I'd like to know more about the Management Team.

As of October 25, 2016, the Company's Board of Directors consists of 12 directors, including 4 outside directors. 7 of 12 directors are engaged in the operation of business.

The Company's Board of Statutory Auditors consists of 4 statutory auditors, 2 of whom are outside statutory auditors including an attorney from a Japanese law firm and a certified public accountant. Separately, the Company has an internal auditing office consisting of 3 members.

Q10 Please tell me how IIJ considers its Corporate Governance.

We recognize the importance of having an effective corporate governance structure to consistently enhance its corporate value. Since IIJ's Depository Sharesblank are listed on the US NASDAQ Stock Market, IIJ is subjected to the Sarbanes-Oxley Actblank by taking measures such as,

  • The Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer personally certifies the accuracy of financial statements submitted to the US SEC,
  • The Board of Statutory Auditors adapts policies and procedures for pre-approving all audit and permissible non-audit work performed by independent registered public accounting firm,
  • The Board of Statutory Auditors establishes procedures for the confidential, anonymous submission by IIJ's employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters,
  • IIJ provides for appropriate funding, as determined by the audit committee in its capacity as a committee of the board of directors,
  • The Board of Statutory Auditors includes a financial expert, and
  • Loans to directors and/or statutory auditors of the Company and its subsidiaries are prohibited.

For details, please refer to Corporate Governanceblank.

Q11 Please tell me how IIJ considers information security.

We have taken a company-wide risk management approach and established an information security management system that we will diligently operate and maintain, and has established a basic policy for information security that constitutes a code of conduct for establishing information security within the company.
For details, please refer to Basic Information Security Policyblank and Privacy Policyblank.

Q12 Please tell me how IIJ considers CSR.

We will contribute to the development of the information society by supporting the Internet infrastructure and by creating new Internet related services. In order to do so, we will engage in researches and activities that will lead to the development of the Internet related technologies.

Q13 What is IIJ's policy on conflict minerals?

In July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted in the United States. According to this Act, a company that files reports with the SEC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, having conflict minerals necessary to the functionality or production of a product manufactured by that company or contracted by that company to be manufactured, is required to file a report with the SEC disclosing its use of conflict minerals in its products ("conflict minerals" include: columbite-tantalite, cassiterite, gold, wolframite, and other minerals determined by the Secretary of State). The aim is to inhibit financing armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.

In order to fulfill its social responsibility in its supply chain, IIJ intends to enhance transparency of its supply chain by cooperating with its procurement partners. In addition, IIJ intends to promote measures to inhibit the use of conflict minerals, which are said to be financial resources for armed groups.

For investor inquiries, please contact:

Investor Relations Office
Phone: +81-3-5205-6500
(9 am to 5:30 pm, except Saturday, Sunday, national holidays, new year holidays and other company holidays)

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