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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2005

Notice Concerning Revision of Year End Dividend Forecast For Fiscal Year Period (93rd Company Fiscal Period) Ending March 2005


Listed Stock Name:   Eisai Co., Ltd.
Director and 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
Corporate Officer
Corporate Communications
Phone 81-3-3817-5085

Notice Concerning Revision of Year End Dividend Forecast For Fiscal Year Period (93rd Company Fiscal Period) Ending March 2005

The updated forecast as to year-end dividend per share for the fiscal period ending March 2005 will be proposed for revision from previously forecasted one in accordance with the decision made at a Board of Directors' Meeting on February 2, 2005.

This revision will take effect subject to the resolution at a Board of Directors' Meeting scheduled in May 2005 after completion of statutory audit on financial documents for this fiscal year period.

The details of the revision are noted below:

1.Rationale behind for the Dividend Forecast Revision

Positioning the proactive and consistent increase in dividend payout as core policy for return to shareholders, Eisai Co., Ltd. intends to reflect the potential financial results for this fiscal year expected to exceed the previous forecast in the distribution of dividends. Thus the Company plans to repatriate a fiscal year-end dividend of ¥35 per share, an increase of ¥14 per share over the former projection, thereby making the forecast on annual total dividend ¥56 per share combining interim and year-end dividend.

2.Contents of the Revision Thereof

(Dividends are stated as Yen per share)


Interim Dividends (Actual Payout)Year-End DividendsAnnual Total Dividends
Previous Forecast
(October 29, 2004)
yen21.00 yen21.00 yen42.00
Revised Forecast
yen21.00
yen35.00 yen56.00
Previous Fiscal Period Ended March 2004
(Actual Payout)
yen18.00 yen18.00 yen36.00