July 1, 2008

IIJ Innovation Institute’s Second Round of Technologist Recruitment

TOKYO, July 1, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) (Nasdaq:IIJI) (TSE1:3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced that IIJ Innovation Institute Inc. (IIJ-II) -- a business incubation center for technology development and commercialization of the next generation Internet, and a 100% owned subsidiary of IIJ -- will issue a call for new technologists on August 1 to broadly recruit people with innovative technologies and new ideas.

This second round of recruitment follows from the first round conducted in January of this year, when the IIJ Innovation Institute New Technologist Recruitment Program(1) was conducted as part of the activities celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of IIJ's founding. IIJ-II will provide budding technologists with network equipment, a software testing environment, and other support necessary for technological development, and assist in the commercialization of the development results.

(1) The first round of recruitment was conducted from January 7 to February 29, 2008. Of the 25 proposals received, two made it to the final stage, and one person was recruited.

The IIJ group will continue to show initiative in the network technology sector and work to advance the Internet.

Program details

    Description   * Recruit technologists with new technologies and ideas for the     Internet who have the desire to commercialize these ideas.   * Selected technologists will be hired under a two-year contract     for the purpose of technological development work.   * IIJ-II will provide the environment necessary for technology     development and assist in the commercialization of the     development results.   Recruitment period   August 1 (Fri) to August 29 (Fri), 2008   Recruitment Website   http://www.iij.ad.jp/innovation/ 

About IIJ

Founded in 1992, Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ)(Nasdaq:IIJI) (Tokyo Stock Exchange TSE1: 3774) is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group of companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. The company's services include high-quality systems integration and security services, Internet access, hosting/housing, and content design. Moreover, the company has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan, and between Japan and the United States. IIJ was listed on NASDAQ in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006. For more information about IIJ, visit the IIJ Web site at http://www.iij.ad.jp/en/.

The Internet Initiative Japan Inc. logo is available at http://www.primenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4613

About IIJ Innovation Institute Inc.

IIJ Innovation Institute Inc. (IIJ-II) was established in June 2008 as a subsidiary within the IIJ group. IIJ-II provides business incubation services with the goal of developing technological innovations for the next-generation Internet and new business models. IIJ is leveraging its years of Internet technology and business experience to promote R&D and commercialization support for Internet development.

The IIJ Innovation Institute logo is available at http://www.primenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5228

The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

This news release was distributed by PrimeNewswire, www.primenewswire.com

 CONTACT:  IIJ Group           Corporate Communications           +81-3-5259-6310           [email protected]           http://www.iij.ad.jp/en/