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Thursday 20 March, 2003

JPMorganFlemJapSmllr

Directorate Change

JPMorgan Fleming Japanese Smllr Cos
20 March 2003

       JPMORGAN FLEMING JAPANESE SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC


20th March 2003

Changes to the Board

The Board of JPMorgan Fleming Japanese Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc
are pleased to announce the appointments of Mr Alan Clifton and Mr John Gibbon
as non-executive Directors with effect from 19th March 2003.

Messrs Clifton and Gibbon both have extensive business experience, as Mr Clifton
is the Managing Director (latterly Vice Chairman) of CGNU, Morley Fund
Management (previously Commercial Union Investment Management) and Mr Gibbon was
previously Chief Investment Officer, BAE Systems (formally British Aerospace)
Pension Funds Investment Management Limited.

Notification of details requiring disclosure under paragraph 16.4 of the FSA
Listing Rules will be made in due course.

The Board further announces that Mr Patrick Gifford and Mr Piers Litherland have
announced their resignations as non-executive Directors of the Company with
effect from 19th March 2003.  The Board sincerely thanks Messrs Gifford and
Litherland for their valuable contribution during their time on the Board.


For further information, please contact:


Hilary Lowe, Company Secretary
J.P. Morgan Fleming Asset Management (UK) Ltd - Secretary 020 7742 6000


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