Mitsui Participates in Recruit Co., Ltd.

Jan. 24, 2007

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") announced today that it has agreed to acquire shares of Recruit Co., Ltd. ("Recruit") from Recruit's subsidiary. The details of the acquisition are as follows:

Number of shares 3,000,000shares
Purchasing amount ¥ 27 billion
Seller Recruit Agent Co., Ltd
% of shares outstanding 5%
Time of acquisition (scheduled) February, 2007

At the same time, Mitsui and Recruit have agreed to enter into business collaboration agreement in order to explore new business opportunities in areas including medical and senior-care businesses.

Mitsui and Recruit have been collaborating in medical/health-care businesses, through jointly establishing R3 Healthcare Planning in July 2005, and operating Hokendohjinsha Inc. as main shareholders. Through entering into equity relationship and business collaboration agreement, both parties intend to strengthen relationship furthermore, jointly developing opportunities in wider fields of businesses.

Recruit is a very important partner which has competitive expertise in consumer-driven B to C, media and medical/health-care businesses in which Mitsui focuses on in its initiatives in consumer service area. Combining together these expertise with Mitsui's strength in broadcasting, internet, and overseas business development, which are mutually complementary, Mitsui and Recruit expect to jointly explore and develop new business opportunities in areas such as information service for consumers. Mitsui and Recruit are currently planning to launch nursing related information service business, and then expanding wider fields.

Outline of Recruit

Name Recruit Co., Ltd.
President & C. E. O. Hitoshi Kashiwaki
Address 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Founded August 26, 1963
Paid-in Capital ¥ 3,003 million
Sales ¥ 443,672 million (Year ended March 31, 2006)
Net income ¥ 12,600 million
Number of employees 6,298 (October 1, 2006)
Business overview Human resources services & Matching services linking products with consumers through information magazines, internet and mobile communication devices

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Investor Relations Division
Telephone: +81-3-3285-7910
Facsimile: +81-3-3285-9819
Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
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