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Acquisition of Natural American Spirit Business outside the United States

Launch of a novel anti-HIV drug "Genvoya® Combination Tablets" in Japan.

Acquisition of 40 percent shares of National Tobacco Enterprise Ethiopia S.C (NTE).

Approval of selling novel anti-HIV drugs, "Descovy® Combination Tablets LT and HT" in Japan.

JT repurchases 26,896,200 shares as part of its shareholder return measures.

Acquisition of leading US e-cigarette company Logic.

Transfer of shares of JT's subsidiaries conducting vending machine operation business and JT beverage brands "Roots" and "Momono Tennensui". Withdrawal from the Manufacture and Sale of JT Beverage Products on September 2015. Abolishment of JT's beverage business division on Deccember.

Integration of "Cabin" and "Caster" with "Winston"

TableMark establishes a holding company.

Launch of "Cedatoren sublingual drop Japanese Ceder Pollen," a sublingual Immunotherapy Drug for Japanese Ceder Pollinosis.

JT acquires Zandera ltd., a leader in e-cigarettes and best known for its E-Lites brand.

Mild Seven changes name to MEVIUS in Japan

The Government releases the fourth tranche of outstanding JT shares (333,333,200 shares offered). On February 27, JT repurchases 86,805,500 shares through ToSTNeT-3, including 80,071,400 shares from the Government.
Excluding the shares repurchased by JT, 253,261,800 shares are offered by the Government in March.

Acquisition of Al Nakhla Tobacco Company S.A.E. and Al Nakhla Tobacco Company - Free Zone S.A.E., a leading Egyptian water-pipe company

Launch of "Stribild Combination Tablets" in Japan

Launch of a novel anti-HIV drug "Stribild Combination Tablets" in Japan, containing our original compound (elvitegravir).

JT acquires a 20% stake in Megapolis Distribution B.V., a leading Russian distribution company.

For the purpose of enlarging the Company's investor base, a 200-for-1 stock-split is conducted. At the same time, JT adopts the share unit system, setting the share trading unit at 100 shares.

Acquisition of Gryson NV, a Belgium Fine Cut maker

Acquisition of Gryson NV, a Belgium Fine Cut maker

JT repurchases 58,630 of its own shares to increase its management options.

Acquisition of Haggar Cigarette & Tobacco Factory Ltd.

Acquisition of Haggar Cigarette & Tobacco Factory Ltd.

In North Sudan and South Sudan

Katokichi Co., Ltd. is renamed TableMark Co., Ltd.

Katokichi Co., Ltd. is renamed TableMark Co., Ltd.

Smokeless tobacco product Zerostyle Mint is launched.

JTI embarks on vertical internationalization into the tobacco leaf supply chain

JTI embarks on vertical internationalization into the tobacco leaf supply chain

JTI Leaf Services (U.S.) LLC was established in June and acquired leaf suppliers Kannenberg & Cia. Ltda. (Brazil) and Kannenberg, Barker, Hail & Cotton Tabacos Ltda. (Brazil) in October. Acquisition of leaf supplier Tribac Leaf Limited (UK) in November.

JT acquires a majority stake in Katokichi CO., Ltd. and Fuji Foods Corporation

JT acquires a majority stake in Katokichi CO., Ltd. and Fuji Foods Corporation

After the acquisition of Katokichi CO., Ltd. and Fuji Foods Corporation, JT concentrates its processed food operations, including frozen food and seasonings operations, at the Katokichi Group.

JT acquires all outstanding shares of Gallaher Group Plc.

JT acquires all outstanding shares of Gallaher Group Plc.

JT significantly strengthened the international tobacco business by acquiring Gallaher in 2007 and RJR Nabisco's non-U.S. tobacco operations in 1999.

JT implements a five-for-one stock split in order to expand the investor base, effective April 1, 2006 in May.

Acquisition of AD Duvanska Industrija Senta in Serbia.

JT terminates a licensing contract under which it had exclusive rights to produce and sell Marlboro brand products in Japan and use the Marlboro trademark in the country.

Acquisition of CRES Neva Ltd. (Russia). Glamour is launched (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan).*
* Topics of Gallaher before participating in the JT Group

In June, the Government releases the third tranche of outstanding JT shares (289,334 shares offered at ¥843,000 apiece), reducing its stake in JT to the minimum level allowed under law.
November-March 2005 JT repurchases 38,184 of its own shares to increase its management options.

JT repurchases 45,800 of its own shares to increase its management options.

Acquisition of Austria Tabak.*
* Topics of Gallaher before participating in the JT Group

Acquisition of Liggett-Ducat (Russia).*
* Topics of Gallaher before participating in the JT Group

JT acquires the non-U.S. tobacco business of RJR Nabisco Inc. and JTI is founded

JT acquires the non-U.S. tobacco business of RJR Nabisco Inc. and JTI is founded

Amid the increasingly difficult operating environment for the Japanese domestic tobacco business, JT took additional rationalization steps, pursued consolidation of operations in its areas of business diversification and expanded the international tobacco business, thereby strengthening its business foundation.

JT acquires the food business of Asahi Kasei Corporation

This acquisition included Asahi Foods and seven other subsidiaries.

JT signs an agreement with Unimat Corporation

JT signs an agreement with Unimat Corporation

JT later acquired a majority stake in Unimat (currently, Japan Beverage Holdings Inc.) in a tie-up regarding beverage business.

JT acquires a majority stake in Torii Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

JT acquires a majority stake in Torii Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

In the next year (1999), under the business tie-up between JT and Torii Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. the two companies' R&D operations related to medical pharmaceuticals were concentrated at JT, while their promotion operations were combined at Torii Pharmaceutical.

JT ends its salt monopoly business in line with the abolition of the salt monopoly system.

The Tobacco Mutual Aid Pension scheme is integrated into the Employees' Pension scheme.

In June, the Government releases the second tranche of outstanding JT shares (272,390 shares offered at ¥815,000 apiece).

New Head Office building is constructed

New Head Office building is constructed

JT stock is listed on the stock exchanges in various places in Japan

JT stock is listed on the stock exchanges in various places in Japan

In October, the Government released the first tranche of outstanding JT shares for initial public offering (394,276 shares offered at ¥1,438,000 apiece).

JT stock is listed on the first sections of the stock exchanges in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

In November, JT stock is listed in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Niigata and Sapporo.

The Central Pharmaceutical Research Institute is established to enhance in-house research capabilities.

JT communication name is introduced

JT communication name is introduced

Import tariffs on imported cigarettes are abolished.

Japan Tobacco Inc. is established

JT was founded as an entity that took over the whole of the business operations and assets of JTS.
(Japanese tobacco market opened to foreign tobacco manufacturers).

The Business Development Division is established to promote new businesses

The Business Development Division is later reorganized into operational divisions engaged in the food and pharmaceutical businesses, finishing in July 1990.

Japan Tobacco Inc. Act is enacted

In 1982, the Japanese Government conducted a comprehensive review of the public corporation system and drafted bills to:
*Abolish the tobacco monopoly law to liberalize tobacco imports and establish a tobacco business law to make necessary adjustments related to the tobacco business.
*Abolish the JTS law, reorganize JTS as a joint stock corporation so as to enable it to pursue rational corporate management as much as possible and establish the Japan Tobacco Inc. Act, which provides for a necessary minimum level of regulation in light of the corporation's need to compete with foreign tobacco companies on an equal footing in the domestic market following the liberalization of tobacco imports.

These bills were enacted in 1984.

Mild Seven is launched internationally.

Mild Seven is launched (Japan).

Seven Stars is launched, featuring Japan's first domestically produced charcoal filter.

Gallaher is acquired by the American Tobacco Company.

Silk Cut is launched.

HOPE (10) is launched as Japan's first domestically produced filter cigarette.

Salem is launched.

Benson & Hedges is acquired by Gallaher.

Winston is launched.

The Monopoly Bureau becomes the Japan Tobacco and Salt Public Corporation

The Monopoly Bureau becomes the Japan Tobacco and Salt Public Corporation

June 1, 1949, the bureau was established and duly named the Japan Tobacco and Salt Public Corporation, or JTS. This corporation helped to ensure the stable supply of tobacco and secure fiscal revenues for the Government.

Cellophane is introduced by RJR in order to preserve the freshness of tobacco.

Camel is launched.

The Japanese Monopoly Bureau is established for the sale of domestic leaf tobacco

The Japanese Monopoly Bureau is established for the sale of domestic leaf tobacco

The Government formed a monopoly bureau to undertake the exclusive sale of domestic leaf tobacco.

The Moscow-based Ducat factory is founded.

Sobranie is registered in London, to become one of the oldest cigarette brands in the world.

RJR is founded by Richard Joshua Reynolds in Winston, North Carolina

RJR is founded by Richard Joshua Reynolds in Winston, North Carolina

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR), which would subsequently create the Camel and Winston brands, was established in the U.S.

Tom Gallaher sets up his business in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Tom Gallaher sets up his business in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Tom Gallaher started out in business in Northern Ireland, laying the foundations for the Gallaher Group.

Austria Tabak is founded by Emperor Joseph II

Austria Tabak is founded by Emperor Joseph II

The JT Group's overseas history began with the founding of Austria Tabak in Vienna.