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Kirin Brewery Co. (KRN)

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Wednesday 26 June, 2002

Kirin Brewery Co.

ADR Sponsorship

Kirin Brewery Co Ld
26 June 2002

                                                                  June 13, 2002

                                                  Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
                                                     President: Koichiro Aramaki
                                                                Stock Code: 2503
                                                            Head Office Address:
                                                          10-1,Shinkawa 2-chome,
                                                           Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
                                                           Contact: Sumio Nagata
                                  General Manager, Corporate Communication Dept.
                                                                 +81-3-5540-3450


                   Kirin Brewery Company, Limited to Name Sponsor for
                          American Despositary Receipts (ADRs)

At a meeting held today, the Board of Directors of Kirin Brewery Company,
Limited ('Kirin') resolved to select a sponsor* for Kirin ADRs distributed on
the U.S. NASDAQ exchange and promote disclosure of relevant information, with a
target date for selection of late August 2002.

*ADR Sponsorship

The conclusion of a depositary contract clarifies the rights and obligations of
the issuer, the despositary bank and investors. The issuer is responsible for
information disclosure and sending ballots for the exercise of voting rights to
investors (holders of ADRs).





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