Minitab Enhances Japanese-Language Version of Leading Statistical Software

October 10, 2005


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — To continue providing high quality tools and services to Japanese-speaking quality professionals, Minitab, LLC. this week introduced Minitab Japanese Release 14.2, a full Japanese translation of the latest update of its award-winning statistical software.

Minitab launched its original Japanese-language version of Minitab in 2004. This update improves translation and adds several features developed in response to customer requests and suggestions, including:

  • New statistical capabilities, such as chi-square goodness-of-fit tests for single categorical variable and Poisson distribution
  • Enhanced quality tools, including the addition of a one-sided tolerance option to crossed and nested Gage R&R commands
  • Expanded graph editing capabilities

Minitab has partnered with Tokyo-based Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. (KKE), an independent engineering consulting firm, to provide sales, technical support, and training services in Japan. KKE serves Japanese professionals from a variety of trades such as electronics, automotive, heavy industries, aerospace, machinery, and consumer products.

Minitab offers free Japanese-language technical support for Release 14.2. Users can submit online requests for help in Japanese through KKE’s Tech Support site at and receive an e-mail response directly from a Japanese-speaking technical support specialist.

Current Minitab Japanese Release 14 users can download the Japanese 14.2 update free at or A fully functional 30-day trial version is also available at the KKE and Minitab Web sites.

Minitab Japanese 14.2 can be purchased online from the Minitab Store: For information about physical product, please visit the KKE Web site at:, e-mail or telephone +81-3-5342-1025.

About Minitab

Minitab, LLC. is one of the world’s leading developers of statistical analysis and process improvement software for academic and commercial users worldwide. Minitab Statistical Software is the preferred software for businesses of all sizes and is used in more than 80 countries by thousands of distinguished companies, including Ford Motor Company, Toshiba, 3M, Honeywell International, DuPont, Samsung and leading Six Sigma consultants.

Minitab has been used to implement virtually every major Six Sigma quality improvement initiative around the world. Minitab's software also is used to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

Minitab, LLC., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom and France and has additional distributors throughout the world.

About KKE

Founded in 1959, KKE is an independent engineering consulting firm whose mission is to bridge the gap between academics and business, especially in engineering. KKE shares Minitab's commitment to integrity, honesty, teamwork, and superior customer service. Using the latest information technologies, they offer software sales and development services, such as:

  • Software integrations
  • Engineering consulting
  • PKG sales


KKE has subsidiaries in Kumamoto, Osaka, Nagoya, and Kita-Kyushu (Kokura) as well as global partnerships with Nika in Germany; MIDAS Software in Korea; and Minitab, Autodesk, Decisioneering, Sawtooth and SolidWorks Software in the United States. To learn more about KKE, visit:

FOR MORE INFORMATION or materials, including screen shots and other graphics, contact Eston Martz in Minitab’s Marketing Department:

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