Mr. Abraham H. Foxman
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
823 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Dear Mr. Foxman:
I am writing to thank you for the fair-minded and measured approach the Anti-Defamation League took recently to research the claim that Fujifilm distributed world maps that omit Israel. The ADL took the time to check into this rumor and to determine the real truth, which is that no Fujifilm company or distributor published or distributed such a map, and Fujifilm in no way sanctioned the production of such a map.
In looking into the matter, we have learned that a third party wholesaler in the Republique de Cote d'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) produced the calendar with such a map. They did so on their own initiative, combining the map with our logo without our permission and in violation of our policy regarding the use of the Fujifilm logo.
Fujifilm is greatly disturbed that someone would violate our policies and link our company's good name to something we find unacceptable. As soon as we learned of the problem, corrective action was taken to stop the distribution of these calendars.
Your rapid investigation and accurate reporting of this matter are helping to prevent a great injustice against our company, for which we are very grateful. It is no wonder the ADL has the fine reputation it does - you have clearly earned it through the accuracy and reliability of the information you provide.
Again, on behalf of all of us at Fujifilm, thank you.
George Tanaka President
Fuji Photo Film, U.S.A., Inc.