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No. 364, January 2000

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American Companies in Japan


With companies and other organizations increasingly requiring their employees to have photo ID cards, the demand for identification pictures has spread beyond such traditional requirements as passports and drivers' licenses. Hoping to tap this demand, EASTMAN KODAK CO.'s subsidiary developed the Kodak Picture Maker J. Unlike the U.S.-sold product that has a similar name, this system uses a PC along with a Kodak digital camera with a 2.3-million-pixel resolution, a scanner, a printer and specialized software. The touch- screen display allows operators to enlarge or shrink a picture, remove red eye, adjust the color balance and brightness, and add a border. These and other capabilities mean that the system, which costs $280 a month on a four-year lease, can be used to make such other things as postcards and sticker pictures.

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