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April 6, 2009

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Special Sponsorship Pocari Sweat U-12 Soccer League

Tokyo, Japan; April 6, 2009--Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; President: Taro Iwamoto) has been appointed special sponsor of the Pocari Sweat U-12 Soccer League, organized by the Japan Football Association (JFA). Pocari Sweat will be the official league drink, supporting nationwide elementary school soccer players under the slogan of "our sweat has the power to foster dreams and friendship".

Launched in 2009, the Pocari Sweat U-12 Soccer League will seek to improve the playing environment for each age group, aiming to contribute to the further development of soccer in Japan under the JFA "Players First" youth development program. The objective of the league is to create an infrastructure to provide opportunities for as many elementary school players throughout the year as possible to play in local area environment, without the need to travel long distances.

As special league sponsor, Otsuka Pharmaceutical will provide Pocari Sweat to each team throughout the season. In addition to physical support for young players, Otsuka Pharmaceutical will also participate in seminars for coaches and trainers organized by local football associations, providing information on the importance of fluid replacement and various methods of rehydration during sports. Pocari Sweat is a health drink with an electrolyte balance that closely resembles body fluid. Rapidly absorbed, it effectively replenishes water and electrolytes during sports or other physical activity, providing vital support for young players.

Based on its corporate philosophy of "Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide", Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is dedicated to contributing to the health and wellbeing of people around the world.

Event Overview

League name Pocari Sweat U-12 Soccer League
Organizers Japan Football Association, prefectural football associations
Supervision Local football associations
Period of sponsorship Throughout the year starting in the middle of April, 2009
Special Sponsorship Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Recommended Competition Environment In order to provide opportunities for as many players as possible to play in competitions, small-sized playing environments with eight players from each team for U-11/U-10 are adopted, and small-sized playing environments are also recommended for U-12 competition.

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

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