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September 28, 2009
Pioneer Corporation
Sharp Corporation

Pioneer and Sharp Announce Change of Launch Date for Optical Disk Joint Venture

September 28, 2009, Tokyo, Japan - Pioneer Corporation(hereinafter “Pioneer”) and Sharp Corporation(hereinafter “Sharp”) announced today that they have decided to change the launch date of their optical disk joint venture, due to ongoing assessments to determine whether the joint venture conforms to antitrust laws overseas.

Pioneer and Sharp had signed a formal contract for the establishment of the optical disk joint venture on June 25, 2009 and were preparing to launch operations of that joint venture on October 1, 2009.

All other procedures regarding the joint venture are as scheduled. Therefore the two companies will start the joint venture as soon as possible, after taking all necessary procedures and actions related to antitrust laws overseas.

The above information is true and accurate at the time of publication. Manufacture, sale, price and specifications of products may be subject to change.

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