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IIJ Announces New Management Structure

May 24, 2018

TOKYO -May 24, 2018- Internet Initiative Japan Inc. ("IIJ", NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774) today announced the nomination of the candidates for positions on the Company's Board of Directors. The nomination is subject to the approval of IIJ's 26th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders that will be held on June 28, 2018 in Tokyo as well as of the Board of Directors meeting that will be held on the same day. If all approvals are obtained, IIJ’s management structure will be as follows:

Position Name Area of Responsibility,Significant Concurrent Positions
Chairman Koichi Suzuki Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director
President Eijiro Katsu Chief Operating Officer and Representative Director
Senior Managing Director Hideshi Hojo Director in charge of Asian Business Development
Takeshi Kikuchi (*1) Business Unit Director
Managing Director Akihisa Watai (*1) Chief Financial Officer and Head of Finance Division
Tadashi Kawashima Deputy Director of Business Unit
Director Junichi Shimagami Chief Technology Officer and Technology Unit Director
Director(Part-time) Yasurou Tanahashi (*1)(*3)  
Shingo Oda (*1)(*3)  
Tadashi Okamura (*3)(*5) Honorary Advisor of Toshiba Corporation
Takashi Tsukamoto (*3)(*5) Honorary Advisor of Mizuho Financial Group
Shinobu Umino (*2)(*3)(*5) Senior Corporate Adviser of NTT Comware Corporation
Toshinori Iwasawa (*5) Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of IIJ Global Solutions Inc.
Company Auditor(Full-time) Kazuhiro Ohira (*4)
Masako Tanaka (*2)
Company Auditor(Part-time) Yasuhiro Akatsuka (*4)(*5) Japanese Certified Public Accountant
Takashi Michishita (*4)(*5) Attorney at law
  • (*1)Re-appointment
  • (*2)New appointment
  • (*3)Outside directors
  • (*4)Outside company auditors
  • (*5)Concurrent positions described are the major ones as of May 24, 2018
  • (*)Chiaki Furuya will resign from Company Auditor followed by the closing of IIJ's 26th Ordinary Meeting of Shareholders.

About IIJ

Founded in 1992, IIJ is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. IIJ's services include high-quality Internet connectivity services, systems integration, cloud computing services, security services and mobile services. Moreover, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected to the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. IIJ was listed on the U.S. NASDAQ Stock Market in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006.

The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

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