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Don't be just fit, be belly fit! Have you seen our new Yakult Light TVC?

36th National Dealers' Convention
December 4, 2014
Fiesta Pavilion, The Manila Hotel

4th International Symposium and Meeting of the Asian Federation of the Societies for Lactic Acid and Bacteria Inc. (AFSLAB) and 9th Scientific Conference and assembly of Philippine Society for Lactic Acid and Bacteria, Inc. (PSLAB)

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Manila Liaison Office
1461 F. Agoncillo cor. J. Escoda Streets, Ermita, Manila 1000
Telephone No.: +63 (2) 892-5858

Plant & Main Office
Maharlika Highway, Bo. Makiling Calamba City, Laguna
Telephone No.: +63 (049) 545 Ė 6372 /
+63 (049) 545 Ė 1755
Philosophy & Shirotaism

Passion and Inspiration for Better Health:
Yakult originated with probiotics over seventy years ago

In 1930, Dr. Minoru Shirota, working in a microbiology lab at Kyoto Imperial University's School of Medicine, became the first in the world to succeed in culturing a strain of lactic acid bacteria beneficial to human health. This bacterium was named "Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota" after Dr. Shirota.
It was 1921 when Minoru Shirota was admitted to the university to study medicine. In those days, Japan was not a wealthy nation, and many children lost their lives to infectious diseases and other maladies brought on by malnutrition. Deeply concerned about these conditions, Dr. Shirota was determined, while still a medical student,

that he would focus his efforts on preventive medicine, and turned his attention to the study of microorganisms. He set about developing a stronger strain of lactic acid bacteria which would reduce the harmful bacteria living in the intestines, and therefore improve and maintain the health of human beings. The result of his efforts was the successful culturing of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota.

Dr. Shirota then began working together with supporters to make a delicious, yet affordably priced drink incorporating Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota so that many people could enjoy its benefits. His dedication led to the development of Yakult, a fermented mild drink, which was introduced to the market in 1935.

Dr. Shirota was driven by a relentless dedication to good health. His passion, creativity, and inexhaustible curiosity live on today through the continuing progress of Yakult.


Probiotics are live microorganisms which benefit people's health by improving the balance of intestinal flora.


"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 microorganisms in particular."

  1. Preventive Medicine
  2. Rather than treat a disease after people have fallen ill, it is important to prevent disease in advance

  3. A Healthy intestinal Tract Leads to a Long Life.
  4. Nutrients are absorbed through the intestines. Therefore, a healthy intestinal tract will allow us to enjoy a longer, healthier life.

  5. Bringing Good Health at an Affordable Price.
  6. Deliver Yakult and itís intestine-fortifying benefit to as many people as possible at an affordable price.
Promoting Peopleís Health: itís a universal ideal that transcends time. It is the very foundation of our business.