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DDI Corp.’s nine struggling personal handy-phone system firms plan to merge on January 1, 2000, creating an unprecedented single company to cover the entire nation, company executives announced Thursday.

Haruo Taneno, vice president of DDI, a long-distance telecommunications carrier, will become the chairman of the new firm, tentatively called DDI Pocket Corp. Takeshi Okada, president of DDI Tokyo Pocket Telephone Inc., will become president.

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