KYOCERA Donates Solar Power Generating Systems to Schools in Tanzania and Uganda

  KYOCERA Donates Solar Power Generating Systems to Schools in Tanzania and

    Donation ceremonies held to convey the company's hopes for educational

Business Wire

KYOTO, Japan -- June 13, 2013

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that it has donated solar
power generating systems to four secondary schools in Tanzania and three
primary schools in Uganda. Donation ceremonies were held at the schools in
Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Bushenyi (Uganda), in which the company conveyed
hopes for the solar systems to help improve the schools' infrastructure and
contribute to the students' educational development.

Donation ceremony at Mabilioni Secondary School in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
(Photo: Business Wire)

Donation ceremony at Mabilioni Secondary School in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
(Photo: Business Wire)

The installations are part of larger donation projects that have been ongoing
since 2009, in which Kyocera has been providing solar power generating systems
to schools in Tanzania and Uganda that have no access to the electricity grid.
The five-year projects consist of 600-watt solar power generating systems for
35 schools in total, each with storage batteries as well as basic equipment
such as lamps, TV sets and radios — lighting up the classrooms and
diversifying learning activities for the students. Furthermore, the solar
systems are occasionally used as an electricity source for the people of the
community to charge their mobile devices. With additional installations at
seven schools in the last fiscal year, donations have already been made to a
total of 28 schools, with seven more to follow by March 2014.

During the 5^th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD
V) held in Japan, the Japanese Government pledged 3.2 trillion yen of public
and private assistance to Africa over the next five years and stressed the
importance of private sector investment. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
pointed out that the key to meet the needs of countries in Africa lies in
human capacity development. Kyocera believes in the great possibilities of the
young generation in Africa and hopes that its donations in Tanzania and Uganda
will help further the education of students who carry the future of the
countries on their shoulders.

To directly convey these hopes, donation ceremonies were held in which a
company representative interacted with the teachers and students. In Tanzania,
the ceremonies were held on June 7 at two representative schools in
Kilimanjaro: Vumari Secondary School also attended by His Excellency Mr.
Masaki Okada, Japanese Ambassador to Tanzania, and Mabilioni Secondary School.
They were warmly welcomed with music and dances by the students, their parents
and other people from the community. Donations in the last fiscal year also
included Kirangare and Tae Secondary Schools.

In Uganda, the ceremonies took place on June 11 at all three schools in
Bushenyi: Nyakarama Boarding Primary School, Ryakasinga Model Primary Boarding
School, and Rweigaaga Day & Boarding Primary School, with the attendance of
Mr. Yukihisa Nakano, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Uganda at the
first two schools.

Kyocera representative Youichi Higashi, Manager of the Business Planning
Department in the Corporate Solar Energy Group, stated, "I was deeply touched
to receive handshakes from many students expressing gratitude. The value of
electricity is difficult to understand in countries where power access is
always available." In this digital era, electricity is ever more important for
people living in rural regions of Tanzania and Uganda to keep up with the
development in urban areas.

Kyocera started research into solar energy in 1975 when then-president Kazuo
Inamori first recognized the long-term potential for solar technology to
contribute to global energy demand. Shortly after, in the early 1980s, the
company began providing solar power systems to regions without electricity in
Pakistan, China and Nepal. Kyocera remains strongly committed to its business
philosophy of utilizing solar energy for the protection of the environment and
the improvement of people's lives.

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Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (, the
parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a
producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining
these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other
technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating
systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components,
semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year
ended March 31, 2013, the company's net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen
(approx. USD13.6 billion). The company is ranked #492 on Forbes magazine's
2013 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

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KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Hina Morioka, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Corporate Communications
Fax: +81-(0)75-604-3516
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