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April 7, 2020

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings’ Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Japanese government declared a state of emergency covering Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures on April 7 to combat a spread in COVID-19 infections.

In response to the declaration Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) will further step up its measures at its Palace Building head office to contain and mitigate the spread of infection that include:

・ Requiring all directors and employees to telework where possible (thereby minimizing the number of people at head office)
・ Restricting face-to-face interviews, meetings, and dinners inside and outside company premises
・ Suspending all non-critical domestic and international business travels (there is a total prohibition on trips to all countries and territories for which Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised travel advisories to Level 3, warning against travel to those areas)
・ Cancelling participation at all events and seminars that unspecified numbers of people attend

COVID-19 infections are not just an issue for the prefectures above, and have spread throughout Asia, Europe, the United States, and elsewhere. MCHC’s No. 1 priority is therefore to keep acting as necessary everywhere to ensure the health and safety of Group employees and their families, customers, and all other stakeholders. We will also do our best to maintain stable supplies of products and services for our customers.

Crisis management teams at Group companies Mitsubishi Chemical, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, Life Science Institute, and Taiyo Nippon Sanso will thus strengthen measures at their sites and offices as needed to prevent infections from spreading throughout societies. You are welcome to contact them for details.

Medicago, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, is accelerating development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

While it is difficult at this juncture to predict how far COVID-19 will impact on the society, the entire MCHC Group will accordingly collaborate with customers, suppliers, and other partners in concerted efforts to overcome this crisis.

We recognize that scaling back office operations during the state of emergency may inconvenience our stakeholders. Please feel free, however, to contact us by mail or telephone as usual during this time, as our people will be teleworking.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Hitoshi Ochi
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation