This Switzerland -- Japan Joint Seminar on Multimedia and Databases was held to achieve at least three goals. First, it enabled us to present and discuss our recent research results and exchange our ideas for further promotion of science and technology. The second goal was to establish a friendly relationship between the Swiss and the Japanese. The last, but not least, aim was to disseminate information about our plans by publishing the proceedings of this seminar. We thought that publishing the outcome of the seminar would be essential in order not to store the treasure -- the seminar results -- secretly.Masunaga, Yoshifumi is the author of 'Advances in Multimedia and Databases for the New Century A Swiss/Japanese Perspective Kyoto, Japan 30 November 2 December 1999' with ISBN 9789810243104 and ISBN 9810243103.