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Kuraray Becomes a Naming Rights Partner for Zao Ski Jump!
Zao Ski Jump (Yamagata City) Will Be Renamed Kuraray ZAO Schanze on January 1, 2016, Becoming the First Domestic Ski Jump to Introduce a Naming Rights Scheme

December 21, 2015
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masaaki Ito; hereinafter “Kuraray” or “the Company”) hereby announces that it has been selected as a naming rights partner for Zao Ski Jump, which is owned by Yamagata City.

Kuraray has been supporting the activities of the female ski jumper Sara Takanashi since it began sponsoring her in 2013. Ms. Takanashi has often used Zao Ski Jump for practice and has participated in several competitions hosted there. This facility is particularly important to her because it is where she had her first career championship win, which was in one of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup 2012 competitions.

As a naming rights partner for Zao Ski Jump, Kuraray will help domestic and overseas ski jumpers, including Ms. Takanashi, develop their skills by enhancing the environments of this ski jumping facility.

Overview of the Acquisition of Naming Rights

  1. Facility name:Kuraray ZAO Schanze
  2. Naming rights fee:¥4 million/year
  3. Contract term:Five years from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2020
Performance Records Achieved by Sara Takanashi at Zao Ski Jump
January 18, 2015 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (fourth competition) Seventh
January 17, 2015 Event cancelled -
January 19, 2014 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (ninth competition) First
January 18, 2014 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (eighth competition) First
February 10, 2013 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (twelfth competition) First
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (eleventh competition) First
March 3, 2012 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (eleventh competition) First
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (tenth competition) Second

Note:On January 22 and 23, 2016, Ms. Takanashi will be jumping at this facility in the forthcoming FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Zao Competition.

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