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September 3, 2001

Taisho Supports Japan National Rugby Football Team by Becoming Official Sponsor

Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (President: Akira Uehara) has announced that it will support the Japan National Rugby Football Team by serving as an official sponsor for the two years and six months from September 2001 to February 2004.

Taisho launched its core product, Lipovitan D energy drink, in March 1962, and this year marks the product's 40th anniversary. Through TV commercials and other media, Taisho has promoted Lipovitan D with the message "Exertion, Bonds of Friendship, Victory." This message harmonizes well with the lofty spirit of the rugby call "One for All, and All for One."

In addition, Taisho adheres to the corporate mission of "contribute to the enrichment of people's lives by improving their health." As an official sponsor, our aim is to enhance the appeal of the Japan National Rugby Football Team, advance the awareness of rugby as a cultural sport, support the development of young people, and contribute to physical and spiritual healthy to a diverse range of people.

During the term of its sponsorship, Taisho will work in a variety of ways to advance the cause of rugby in Japan, which is in the midst of great change in line with a new policy of openness. With the coming of the Rugby World Cup in October 2003, Taisho will join rugby fans around the nation to boost the National Team and rugby in Japan to new heights of success.

---Corporate Mission of Taisho Pharmaceutical---
To create and offer superior pharmaceuticals as well as related products, information and services that contribute to the enrichment of people's lives by improving their health.