Response of the Kurita Group in Japan Following the Full Lifting of the State of Emergency

May 28, 2020

We would first like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We also express our heartfelt sympathy to those who have been affected by COVID-19 and their families, and wish them a speedy recovery.

Kurita Water Industries Ltd. (Head Office: Nakano-ku, Tokyo; President: Michiya Kadota) announces that it has decided on the response of the Kurita Group in Japan to the full lifting of the state of emergency by the Japanese national government, which took place on May 25, as described below.

While the spread of infections being controlled, the risk of a second wave still remains in Japan. In light of this situation and the guidelines on practicing the "New Lifestyles" announced by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan, the Kurita Group will continue to make every effort to prevent infection.

On May 20, the Kurita Group announced that it would continue to have its officers and employees at all its business bases in Japan work from home until May 31. The Group will extend this period for general affairs and other business activities which can be done at home. Business activities that involve going out will be carried out by avoiding closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings. This will involve taking measures such as staggered commuting and limiting the number of people attending offices, after appropriate measures to prevent the spread of infection have been taken. Business activities involving travel between regions will be carried out by considering the policies of the Japanese national government and local governments in each region.

The Kurita Group will continue to take the above measures until a significant change is seen in the circumstances in Japan. The Group will also promote new workstyles by taking advantage of its knowledge and creative measures that were acquired through its activities to prevent the spread of infection.

We sincerely appreciate the understanding of customers and all stakeholders.

■ Reference: Information on May 20, 2020