Mitsui Participates in Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

May 21, 2007

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") announced today that it will acquire approximate 3.0% of outstanding shares (8,586,000 stocks) of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. ("YMC", code number 7272)  from Yamaha Corporation. (code number 7951) which is the largest shareholder of YMC.

Since establishing motorcycle distribution companies in UK and Germany in the early 1970's, Mitsui and YMC have been co-working to develop the manufacturing /distribution /retail finance businesses in various countries such as Poland, Indonesia, Thailand as well as in Latin America.

Through this deal, Mitsui and YMC will further strengthen the partnership and pursue together new opportunities in the overseas market.

Outline of YMC

President Takashi Kajikawa
Founded July 1, 1955
Sales (Consolidated) ¥1,582 billion
Net Income (Consolidated) ¥77.2 billion
Major Products & Services Manufacture and sales of motorcycles, scooters, outboard motors, boats, Water Vehicles, 4-wheel ATVs, side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, automotive engines, intelligent machinery, development of tourist businesses and management of leisure, recreational facilities and related services.

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Investor Relations Division
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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
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