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					Takeda San Francisco to Collect Holiday Gifts for At-Risk Youth

The employee drive will raise funds and collect items for at risk youth
during the holidays, then volunteer to deliver gifts.

San Francisco, CA, November 30, 2011 -- Takeda San Francisco employees
are working to bring holiday cheer to those in need. San Francisco’s
global center for excellence in biologics is doing an employee drive to
support First Place for Youth’s annual Holiday Party on December 15, and
adopting two families from La Casa de las Madres. First Place for Youth,
a Bay Area-based non-profit organization, provides youth with essential
support and services to transition from foster care to independent
living. La Casa de las Madres responds to calls for help from domestic
violence victims, and gives them tools to transform their lives.

The Takeda Team will collect gift cards and household needs for the youth
who are enrolled in First Place for Youth’s My First Place Program. The
youth live in one- and two-bedroom apartments, and receive support with
move-in costs, rent, food, essential furnishing, house wares, health and
mental health needs, self-reliance planning, and access to employment and
education services.

Takeda employees will then spend time volunteering at the First Place for
Youth holiday party, distributing these gifts. The efforts are part of
Takeda’s ongoing commitment to society through corporate social
responsibility activities.

Additionally, the Takeda team will be adopting two families from La Casa
de las Madres, to support domestic violence survivors – uprooted and
struggling to build self-sufficient, thriving lives. La Casa’s Adopt A
Family program assists families during the holiday season, who may be
transitioning out of a shelter into their own housing or who are
struggling to make ends meet while building a stable violence free life.

“Helping to improve our community is an important part of the Takeda San
Francisco culture. During this holiday season we are happy to be
partnering with these two high-impact organizations focused on improving
the lives of children and their families.” said Mary Haak-Frendscho,
company CSO.

First Place for Youth is a Bay Area-based nonprofit organization founded
in 1998 to help youth build the skills they need to make the difficult
transition from foster care to self-sufficiency and responsible
adulthood. Through their outreach, they seek to defy negative statistics
among former foster youth by providing an innovative mix of permanent
housing with graduated subsidy, employment training and job development,
education assessment and support, and transformative emotional support
and community building. Through these resources youth gain housing
stability, economic stability, educational attainment, improved health,
and community connection.

La Casa de las Madres mission is to respond to calls for help from
domestic violence victims, of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
They give survivors the tools to transform their lives, seeking to
prevent future violence by educating the community and by redefining
public perceptions about domestic violence. La Casa de las Madres acts
boldly to create a community where violence against women and children is
not tolerated.

About Takeda San Francisco
Takeda San Francisco, Inc. (TSF) is Takeda's global center for excellence
for biologics. TSF was founded in November 2007 and leads Takeda's
therapeutic antibody research efforts. Additional information about
Takeda San Francisco is available through its affiliate Web site,
www.takedasf.com.

About Takeda
Located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company with
its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company
in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is
committed to strive towards better health for patients worldwide through
leading innovation in medicine. Additional information about Takeda is
available through its corporate Web site, www.takeda.com.

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