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February 18, 2015

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.


Supporting Tokyo Marathon Runners with Beverages and Nutrition Before, During, and After the Race

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo, Japan; President: Tatsuo Higuchi) has announced participation as an official sponsor of Tokyo Marathon 2015 (to be run on February 22, 2015). Otsuka Pharmaceutical has been an official sponsor of Asia's largest metropolitan marathon for nine consecutive years, since the first running of this popular race.

This year, Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd, its parent company, will also participate as an official sponsor, making it possible to provide Calorie Mate nutritional supplement in addition to Amino Value and POCARI SWEAT beverages. Based on proprietary sports nutrition research, Otsuka will supply beverages and nutritional products at aid stations before, during, and after the race, enabling runners to avoid dehydration and depletion of nutrition and safely complete the full marathon distance. This will be the first time a single corporate group has provided both hydration and nutritional support for the Tokyo Marathon, an event that attracts approximately 36,000 runners from around the world.

Otsuka Group Support for Tokyo Marathon 2015

Doctor Fumihiro Yamasawa, Medical Director of the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, commented on the support program, "To complete the full distance, a marathon runner must be conscious of his or her physical changes and nutrition levels. 'When, where and what' to replenish is vital, and measures taken immediately after the race are extremely important too. At the Tokyo Marathon, we hope to maximize this opportunity to promote proper replenishment of fluids and nutrition. "

Information in this news release was current as of the original release date.

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