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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 26, 2001

EISAI ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF
SUNPLANET CO., LTD.
A HOLDING COMPANY FOR 5 CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES


Tokyo (March 26, 2001) - Eisai Co., Ltd. of Tokyo (President and CEO: Haruo Naito) announced the establishment of a holding company, Sunplanet Co., Ltd., effective April 2001 which will include the current Eisai subsidiaries of Seiansha Co., Ltd., Takehaya Co., Ltd., Kawashima Co., Ltd., Gakuen Shoji Co., Ltd., and Eland Co., Ltd.


The established company, Sunplanet Co., Ltd., will serve as a holding company for the five 100 percent owned subsidiaries, establish a group company structure, and have the objectives of maximizing company value, promoting managerial efficiency and increasing the competitiveness of operations as well as providing group company synergy among the functions of the companies.


Sunplanet Co., Ltd. will promote growth of the companies' operations, ensure managerial resource efficiency in operations, assimilate overlapping activities, strengthen the business of focus of the companies' operations, and consider group company consolidation.


Company Outline:

Company Name: Sunplanet Co., Ltd.
Location: Koishikawa 4-6-10
President: Masao Jimbo
  (Corporate Officer in charge of
Finance & Accounting at Eisai Co., Ltd.
Capital: yen455 million (Eisai Equity Percentage 85%)
Sales: Approx. yen100 million yen (FY 2001 Objective)
Employees: 11 persons
Operations Description: Administrative Functions for 5 Group Companies as wellas contractual administrative operations

Eisai Co., Ltd. is a research-based human health care company which discovers, develops and markets products in more than 30 countries. Through a global network of research facilities, manufacturing sites and marketing subsidiaries, Eisai actively participates in all aspects of the worldwide health care system. The Company reported sales of $2.9 billion in 1999 with greater than 15 percent of sales spent for research and development.