Dr. Tanaka Appointed as Honorary Consul-General by Republic of Singapore

    NAGOYA, Japan, May 8 /CNW/ - Dr. Hidenari Tanaka, president and CEO of
Menicon Co., Ltd. and president of the Japan Contact Lens Association, was
appointed as Singapore's Honorary Consul-General in Nagoya, Japan, by the
government of the Republic of Singapore. The appointment was effective April
20, 2009. The Singapore Consulate-General will be located at Menicon's
corporate headquarters in Nagoya.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090508/PR34572 )

    Dr. Tanaka, an ophthalmologist by training, will serve as Honorary
Consul-General to represent the interest of the country of Singapore and its
people in central Japan.
    In addition, Dr. Tanaka's office will be handling consular matters. Dr.
Tanaka and the Menicon Co., Ltd. are proud of this appointment, given that the
Nagoya region is Japan's most important area after the areas of Tokyo and
Osaka where Singapore is represented by their own offices of Embassy and
General Consulate respectively.
    "I am very gratified to have been selected for this post," Dr. Tanaka
said. "I look forward to doing my utmost to strengthen social, cultural and
commercial ties between Japan and Singapore."
    Singapore is the site of Menicon's new state-of-the-art research and
manufacturing facility, which will produce Menicon's new daily disposable
contact lenses, scheduled to be launched in a few years.

    About Menicon:

    Menicon Co., Ltd. (www.menicon.com), founded by Kyoichi Tanaka in 1951,
is Japan's first and largest contact lens manufacturer, and is represented in
more than 30 countries. Menicon is dedicated to advancing all areas of soft
and GP contact lens-related businesses, including material development, lens
design, and manufacturing of contact lenses and care solutions. Menicon is a
world leader in the development of hyper-Dk GP (Menicon Z) and soft contact
lenses (Menicon PremiO).

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For further information:

For further information: Jonathan J. Jacobson, Global Strategy &
Operation, Menicon Co., Ltd., Phone: (617) 232-3617, Fax: (617) 232-3687,
E-mail: jonathan_jacobson@menicon.com

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