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INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY RECEIVES APPROVAL TO SUPPLY JAPANESE PACHISURO MACHINES

 RENO, Nev., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) announced it has received approval of its first "pachisuro" (pachi-slot) model from the Japanese technical testing laboratory, the Security Electronics and Communications Technology Association (SECTA), for sale in Japan. IGT is the first U.S. company to be approved to supply such machines. The SECTA approval is the most significant step in the process which IGT has been pursuing for over four years.
 The pachisuro market is currently supplied by a total of 20 Japanese or Japanese-affiliated companies, all of whom manufacture solely in Japan. IGT believes that currently no single company supplies more than 20 percent of the Japanese market. There are approximately 800,000 pachisuro machines in 16,000 pachinko/pachisuro halls throughout Japan. This represents a growth of approximately 14 percent in the number of pachisuro machines in place over the past two years.
 IGT pachisuro machines will be shipped to Sankyo Co. Ltd., the company's distributor in Japan. Sankyo, the largest pachinko manufacturer in Japa, has placed an initial order for 3,300 IGT pachisuro machines built at IGT's facility in Reno. The company will begin delivery of machines on the initial order in May.
 Raymond Pike, senior vice president and general counsel, commented, "This approval and entry into Japan is the result of the efforts of many people. Our company and our employees are proud to be the first U.S. company to provide products to this very important market." Robert McMonigle, executive vice president of sales, who was present to receive the formal approval in Japan on Friday, April 16, commented that the company is "anxious to compete with other Japanese suppliers in this marketplace. Our success will be determined, as elsewhere in the world, by customer acceptance."
 Earlier this week, IGT announced strong revenue, net income and earnings per share gains for the quarter and six months ended March 31, 1993.
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