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News Release

February 25, 2004

Integration and Reorganization of Eisai's Machinery Operations

  Listed Stock Name: Eisai Co., Ltd.
  President & CEO: Mr. Haruo Naito
  Headquarters: 4-6-10 Koishikawa Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  Securities Code: 4523
  Listed Locations: First Sections of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
& the Osaka Securities Exchange
  Inquiries: Mr. Hiroyuki Mitsui
Vice President
Public Relations & General Affairs
Phone: +81-3-3817-5085

Integration and Reorganization of Eisai's Machinery Operations

Eisai Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President: Haruo Naito) announced that the Board of Directors decided today to integrate and reorganize its Machinery Division into Herusu Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary, (Headquarters: Tokyo, President: Kenji Hanawa).

Currently, Eisai's Machinery Division is tasked with the manufacture and exportation of pharmaceutical machinery, and Herusu focuses on marketing pharmaceutical machinery in Japan. Through this integration, Eisai intends to unify its machinery businesses from manufacturing to marketing to actualize a revitalized business structure that enables the provision of more efficient and swifter service to all customers.

The integration is planned to occur on October 1, 2004, and the complete details associated with this decision will be announced at a later time.