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APPLE ANNOUNCES JAPANESE LANGUAGE KIT; NEW SOFTWARE PRODUCT BRINGS MULTILANGUAGE CAPABILITIES TO MACINTOSH COMPUTERS

 BOSTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced the availability of its Japanese Language Kit, a new software product that enables customers to use Japanese characters on their non-Japanese systems. With the Japanese Language Kit, customers around the world will be able to input, edit and display Japanese characters without having to use a fully localized Japanese version of the Macintosh operating system.
 The Japanese Language Kit builds on WorldScript technology, delivered in System 7.1 in October 1992. WorldScript provides system- level support for most written languages, enabling customers to take advantage of multilanguage computing. Apple's WorldScript technology also provides a unified platform on which developers can quickly and easily create applications for worldwide markets.
 Using the Japanese Language Kit, a Macintosh computer with System 7.1, and any application that supports Apple's WorldScript, customers will be able to create documents that mix Japanese characters with their native language, such as English or Chinese.
 "The Japanese Language Kit underscores Apple's commitment to create a global computing platform," said Charlie Oppenheimer, director of product marketing in Apple's Macintosh Software Architecture division. "This technology provides a flexible and simple solution for people who need to use Japanese on their non-Japanese systems."
 The Japanese Language Kit is intended for customers who need to create Japanese documents and presentations, including professionals in multinational businesses, publishing, government, students, teachers and other Japanese-speaking people.
 The Japanese Language Kit works with Japanese localized applications and with WorldScript applications. Most major applications such as Claris MacWrite and Aldus Persuasion have Japanese versions available in Japan and the United States. Alternatively, applications that are not localized, are capable of supporting Japanese character input if they take advantage of WorldScript. WordPerfect and Nisus are leading the field in support of multilanguage computing and have products that support the Japanese Language Kit.
 Product Contents and System Requirements
 The Japanese Language Kit includes the software extension, the Kotoeri Japanese character input method, two Japanese TrueType fonts (HonMincho and MaruGothic) and the Osaka screen font. The kit also contains installation, usage and input method guides. The Japanese Language Kit requires a Macintosh computer with at least 4MB of RAM, System7.1, and a hard disk drive with at least 20MB of storage available.
 Pricing and Availability
 The Japanese Language Kit is available in the United States through software resellers and Apple-authorized resellers for a suggested retail price of U.S. $249. In the United States, the kit comes with one-year, toll-free telephone support on installation and usage.
 In addition, the Japanese Language Kit will be available through specially authorized KanjiTalk dealers. Customers can call Apple's reseller hotline at 800-732-3131 for information about KanjiTalk dealers.
 Outside the United States, the Japanese Language Kit is available through a variety of resellers. Pricing and availability varies by country.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh and registered trademarks; and System 7, TrueType and WorldScript are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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