The Yakult Central Institute’s guiding principle is “the development of food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics that utilize beneficial microorganisms and have biological regulatory functions, based on the concept of preventive medicine” with the aim of realizing the Yakult Group’s corporate philosophy of “We contribute to the health and happiness of people around the world through pursuit of excellence in life science in general and our research and experience in microorgan-isms in particular.”
Yakult Central Institute
Established: April 1955 (as the Shirota Institute)
Location: 5-11 Izumi, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo
Main research focus and fields:
To support this, we specialize in microbiology, nutrition, physiology, immunology, biochemistry, biotechnology, organic
chemistry, fermentation engineering, natural products chemis-try, pharmacology, and analytical chemistry.