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July 13, 2009

Comments on today's press coverage

Today, a news media reported that Kirin Holdings Company, Limited (Kirin) and Suntory Holdings Limited (Suntory) are in talks of business merger. However, the contents of the article are not what Kirin has announced.

Kirin and Suntory have already collaborated in various operational areas such as distribution and procurement. However, nothing has been resolved or reached an agreement in the area of business merger.