click2learn Japan and Toppan Forms Establish Key Distribution Channel for e-Learning in Japan

November 9, 2000

For Immediate Release

For Details, Contact:

Sara Britton

Public Relations, inc.

(425) 637-5872

Jeff Howlett

Investor Relations, inc.

(425) 637-1514

BELLEVUE, WASH. November 8, 2000 – Inc. (NASDAQ: CLKS)

announced today that click2learn Japan K.K., has formed an alliance with

Toppan Forms Co., Ltd., to market e-Learning content and services to Toppan

Forms’ 30,000 clients throughout Japan.

The move means click2learn Japan – a joint venture established last May by

click2learn, Softbank Media & Marketing Corp., and Softbank Forums Japan,

Inc. – will have in place an established and extensive sales network for

distributing its e-Learning content and business training services when it

launches in the first quarter of 2001.

“e-Learning in Japan is expected to grow from a $30 million market today to

$10 billion by 2010, with the lion’s share of growth coming from companies

using training to improve their global businesses. By partnering with Toppan

Forms, we’ll be able to deliver our e-Learning solutions to Japan’s leading

companies through a network of people who already fully understand their

business needs,” said Kevin Oakes, president and CEO of click2learn.

Founded in 1955, Toppan Forms is one of Japan’s leading providers of

business forms, data print services and comprehensive information management

services. It has annual revenues in excess of $1.4 billion, more than 2,800

employees and a sales team of 600.The Tokyo company plans to establish a

separate training division to provide real-time support to the increasing

number of Japanese companies embracing e-Learning and training services. As

the nation’s organizations adapt their businesses for global competition,

they are restructuring their workforces as well, employing younger workers

and more part-time and contract workers than ever before. As a result, the

need for quick and efficient training methods is on the rise.

click2learn Japan will provide the local corporate training market with

e-Learning courses on computer skills, professional development and

management training via click2learn’s e-Learning Network.

The e-Learning Nework is an Internet-based platform that enables companies

to create and manage their own proprietary online learning center from a

standard web browser. Companies can author customized online courses or

select courses within click2learn’s extensive library of business programs.

They can deliver this training to individuals involved at any level of their

business – employees, distributors, vendors, business partners and customers

– to improve business performance.

click2learn Japan plans to officially launch its products and services in

the first quarter of 2001. Under terms of the agreement, an investment of

approximately $2.5 million in additional start-up capital will be made by

Toppan Forms, Softbank Media and Marketing, Softbank Forums and click2learn.

click2learn will contribute approximately $750,000 of the investment and

will retain approximately 36 percent ownership of click2learn Japan.

About click2learn (NASDAQ: CLKS )

provides an open e-Learning network consisting of e-Learning content,

learning management, and authoring and publishing tools. By developing a

powerful and full-featured outsourced platform for e-Learning, and

partnering with market-leading content publishers, provides

customers with an Application Service Provider (ASP) model that gives

organizations instant access to a vast and constantly improving e-Learning

Network. Customers can access thousands of courses and use browser-based

publishing and learning management tools through a custom-configured site

that looks and feels like the organization’s intranet, and have access to’s expert development group using the Rapid e-Learning

Development System (ReDS) to develop custom content for distribution on the


In addition to an outsourced solution, is a leader in

providing internal e-Learning implementations. The

enterprise e-Learning initiatives includes the market-leading Ingenium total

learning management solution, and the acclaimed ToolBook II Instructor and

Assistant authoring tools. Each solution is augmented by one of the

industry’s largest professional services groups, including award-winning

custom content development, strategic consulting, and integration services.

For more information on e-Learning solutions, call (800)

448-6543 or (425) 462-0501. Visit at

or visit the e-Learning portal at .

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and

uncertainties, including information contained in this document where statements are preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “plans,” “intends,” “expects,” “anticipates” or similar expressions. For such statements, The Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted, and reported

results should not be considered as an indication of future performance.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in

the forward-looking statements include market acceptance of internet based

training and the learning portal, the ability to

successfully implement virtual universities and strategic

relationships with content providers and other web-based companies, the

ability of those relationships to result in increased users and increased

revenues and the risk factors set forth in filings The Company has made with

the SEC., click2learn.publisher,,

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Assistant are trademarks of, inc. All other company and/or

product names are the property of their respective owners.