October 20, 2001

IBM protests Japan supercomputer contract

Author: JT Smith

Reuters: "A Japanese government panel Friday agreed to review a complaint by IBM Japan
alleging a public corporation violated procurement rules when it awarded a $10 million
supercomputer bid to rival Fujitsu.

In a move reminiscent of fierce U.S.-Japan trade battles over supercomputers in the 1980s and
1990s, the Japanese unit of IBM charged the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute based its
decision on criteria not outlined in the bid's specifications."

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