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1st Japanese Language Desktop Solution Developed for Japanese Markets

Thomson Financial, an operating unit of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC), and leading provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community, has announced the launch of Thomson ONE Japan. The open application suite is initially available in two new workflow solutions for Japanese institutional investors and investment bankers – Thomson ONE Investment Management Japan and Thomson ONE Investment Banking Japan.

Thomson ONE Japan offers the most intuitive Japanese language user interface, superior navigation, global and Japanese content sets. The ‘one-click’ translation functionality enables users to access the necessary information rapidly in both Japanese and English. Also, the advanced search function using the new Tokyo Stock Exchange sector classifications is now available, allowing Japanese users to further streamline and optimize their workflow.

Chris McAllum, Managing Director, Japan, Thomson Financial commented: “Our Thomson ONE application suite has already attained a leadership position because it is the only desktop solution which can be configured to meet daily workflow requirements of financial professionals around the world. The release of Thomson ONE Japan will further improve our clients’ productivity by offering Japanese language content together with our global content, accessed more intuitively than ever with a Japanese language interface and navigation.

“Japan has always been a strategically important market for Thomson Financial and the launch of Thomson ONE Japan is a visible sign of our continued commitment. This is just the first step as we continue to build out our Japanese language solutions to help our Japanese clients achieve their business goals,” concluded McAllum.

Thomson ONE Investment Management Japan

The trend of savings to investments continues in Japan, with mutual fund assets under management exceeding JPY 70 trillion (US$ 614 billion) for the first time. There has been a diversification in the types of investment funds and their activities – from traditional domestic assets to overseas assets and hedge funds as well as private equity funds. As the needs of investors become steadily more complex, fund management companies have been looking for an ideal solution to help improve the efficiency of their fund management activities.

Thomson ONE Investment Management Japan has been launched to address the diverse needs of these investors. It has been built around investment management workflows. The open application framework reflects and facilitates many different functions, from evaluating market trends, uncovering opportunities to understanding and communicating sources of portfolio performance. Interactive functionality gives quick and easy access to in-depth content across the available data universe, making it easy to move between key data sets and analytic or charting tools, while maintaining context on a particular company. Users can easily navigate from monitoring a ticker in real-time to viewing the company’s broker estimates or charting its historical time series versus the sector or market.

The package combines the full breadth and depth of, Thomson Datastream’s financial and economic encyclopedic databases with Thomson Financial’s interactive portfolio analytics service, in addition to Thomson Financial’s global real-time market data and news, and extensive estimates, research and fundamental content. It draws on full set of charting and Microsoft Office interface tools and the intuitive, graphical format enables drill-down access to a portfolio and identifies exceptions that require further research.

Thomson ONE Investment Banking Japan

The recent surge in M&A activity over the past five years has seen the number of Japanese M&A deals increase 69% to total JPY18 trillion (US$149 billion). This, combined with the increased prominence of private equity investment in Japan, is driving investment banking and positioning Japan as an increasingly important market for the global investment banking community. Japanese investment banks can expect the competition to intensify, and therefore require workflow support tools that provide appropriate support for their efforts to identify and attract business opportunities.

Thomson ONE Investment Banking Japan is the only desktop solution configured to meet the needs of the Japanese investment banking community. It offers a flexible framework that allows clients to combine analytical tools with market data, news and exclusive content from the industry’s top sources, including: fundamentals, deals data, ownership, broker research, broker estimates, news, private equity, pricing data and indices. Thomson ONE enables users to generate insights, win business and serve clients more effectively.