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Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Core System Achieves Stable Operation
— Project supervised by JRI; system stable since October 2005 —

January 30, 2006

The Japan Research Institute, Limited

The Japan Research Institute, Limited ("JRI"; Head office: 16 Ichiban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Shunichi Okuyama) announced today that, in conjunction with the merger between Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. in October 2005, it supervised the integration of the core systems of the two former companies on behalf of the new company, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. (Head office: 2-6-8 Doshomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka; President: Kenjiro Miyatake) and that the new integrated system has now achieved stable operation.

As only 10 months was allowed for system integration, between the announcement of the merger between the two companies and commissioning, the first priority was to identify the key functions that would be needed to allow new company to pursue its activities and to make a success of system integration. It was decided to use the ERP software developed by SAP, used by the former Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals as the basis of the new core system.

The schedule for the building of the new system was as follows:

• Jan 2005 Project launched in conjunction with merger decision
• Feb-Mar 2005 Definition of requirements/FIT & GAP
• Apr-Jun 2005 System development
• Jul-Sep 2005  Training and system trials/changeover
• Oct 2005 Commissioning on implementation of merger

About JRI
JRI is an IT strategy company forming part of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and is a "knowledge engineering" company that provides high value-added services through the organic application of its information systems, consulting and think-tank functions. JRI's activities include system planning and building, the provision of outsourcing services, research and analysis of and the formulation of policy recommendations relating to domestic and foreign economic issues, consulting on management strategy and administrative reform, and new business incubation activities.

SAP, R/3 and all other SAP product names and service names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and other countries.
Other company names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the other companies mentioned.

For more information on the content of this press release, please contact:
General Inquiries:
Yoshio Okada , ERP Division, the Japan Research Institute, Limited.

Tel: 06-6534-0335

Press Inquiries:
Yoshiteru Muto, PR Division, The Japan Research Institute, Limited

Tel: 03-3288-5360

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