JAPANESE

Issuance of Share Acquisition Rights for Stock Option Scheme

Komatsu Ltd. presents the following notification of the resolution made at its Board of Directors meeting held on May 9, 2005. Pursuant to the provisions of Articles 280-20 and 280-21 of the Commercial Code of Japan, the Company will propose an agenda seeking authorization to issue share acquisition rights for the purpose of its stock option scheme to the 136th annual shareholdersf meeting to be held on June 24, 2005.

Comments

1. Reasons for issuing share acquisition rights to non-shareholders on specially favorable terms:
To further raise the enthusiasm and morale of its directors, officers, employees and top executives of major subsidiaries, thereby improving its consolidated business results, the Company is going to issue the rights to acquire new shares at no cost to the persons mentioned above in the form of stock options. The amount to be paid in exercise of share acquisition rights shall be determined by the market price at the time of issuance as the standard as defined in 5) of 2 below.

2. Terms of share acquisition rights issue

1) Persons to whom share acquisition rights shall be granted.
Directors, officers, employees of the Company and top executives of its major subsidiary companies

2) Class and number of shares for share acquisition rights
Maximum of 1,620,000 common shares of the Company.
Pursuant to 3) below, in the event that the number of shares to be issued (or transferred from the Companyfs treasury stock in lieu of thereof; hereinafter the same shall apply) upon exercise of share acquisition rights is adjusted, the maximum number of shares to be issued above mentioned shall be adjusted according to the change of the total number of shares due to such adjustment.

3) Total number of share acquisition rights to be issued
Up to 1,620 rights.
The number of shares which qualifies as one share acquisition right shall be 1,000 shares. However, in the case the Company splits or consolidates its shares of common stock, the number of shares unused to exercise share acquisition rights shall be adjusted according to the following formula, whereby any fraction less than one share shall be omitted.

Adjusted number of shares = Pre-adjustment number of shares x Ratio of split (or consolidation).


4) Issue price of share acquisition rights
No consideration shall be paid.

5) Amount to be paid in for exercise of share acquisition rights
The amount to be paid in for each share acquisition right shall be the amount obtained by multiplying the price per share issued upon exercising the share acquisition right (hereinafter to be referred to as gpaid-in amounth) by the number of shares needed for each share acquisition right.
The paid-in amount shall be the amount obtained by multiplying the average closing price in the regular tradings of the shares of common stock of the Company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for each day (excluding any trading days on which the closing price does not exist) of the month prior to the month of issue, by 1.05. Any fraction less than one (1) yen shall be rounded up to the nearest one (1) yen. However, the amount shall not be lower than the closing price of the Companyfs common stock traded on the market on the day of issue of share acquisition rights.
Provided, however, in case the Company splits or consolidates its shares of common stock on or after the issue date, the paid-in amount shall be adjusted according to the following formula and any fraction less than one (1) yen shall be rounded up to the nearest one (1) yen.

Post-adjustment paid-in amount = Pre-adjustment paid-in amount x (1/Split (or consolidation) ratio)

If the Company issues new shares at a price that is lower than the market price (excluding the case of exercising the right for the stock option program.), the paid-in amount shall be adjusted according to the following formula, and resultant figures under one (1) yen shall be rounded up to the nearest one (1) yen.


 



6) Period during which the share acquisition rights may be exercised
From and including August l, 2006, to July 31, 2013. However, in case a person to whom the share acquisition right was granted deceased before the end of the period for exercise of the right, his or her heir shall exercise the right within 24 months from the day of death at the longest.

7) Conditions for exercise of share acquisition right
(1) Person to whom share acquisition right is granted shall be able to exercise the right, even after the person lost the position listed in 1) of this announcement, according to the terms of contract concerning the allocation of share acquisition right (hereinafter to be referred to as gshare acquisition right contracth) to be concluded between the Company and the person based on resolutions made by this shareholdersf meeting and the Board of Directors of the Company.
(2) In the case that a person to whom share acquisition right is granted deceased, his or her heir shall be able to exercise the right according to the terms of share acquisition right contract.


8) Cancellation of share acquisition rights and conditions thereof
In the case that any one of the following conditions is satisfied, share acquisition rights can be cancelled gratis.
(1) In the case that the person to whom share acquisition right is granted pursuant to the provisions of the share acquisition right contract lost the right or when no use of the right was confirmed.
(2) In the case that a merger agreement whereby the Company is deemed to become extinct was authorized.

9) Restriction on transfer of share acquisition rights
Transfer of share acquisition rights shall require the approval of the Board of Directors of the Company.

10) Arrangement at the time of share exchange or transfer
In the event that the Company chooses to exchange or transfer its stock to become a wholly owned subsidiary, it is possible to have the company which becomes the parent company through share exchange or transfer succeed the obligations of the Company concerning share acquisition rights.

11) Other terms
Other terms concerning the granting and exercising of share acquisition rights shall be pursuant to the conditions specified in the share acquisition right contract.

Note: Concerning the issuance of share acquisition rights, it is conditional on approval by the 136th annual shareholdersf meeting to be held on June 24, 2005. Details shall be decided in the form of resolutions at the Board of Directors meeting after approval by the shareholdersf meeting.

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2005/05/09

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