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1930

Dr Minoru Shirota successfully cultured and strengthened a special type of bacteria, our exclusive Shirota strain.


Based in the Medical Faculty of Kyoto University, Japan at the time, he became the first person in the world to succeed in culturing a strain of lactic acid bacteria beneficial to human health.


This bacterium was named "Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain" (or Shirota strain) after Dr Shirota.

1935

Yakult is first introduced in Japan.

1938

Yakult is registered as a trademark.

1955

Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. is established with Dr Shirota as the President.

1963Yakult’s unique “Yakult Ladies” system of door-to-door distribution by housewives is officially launched.

1967The Yakult Central Institute is established in Kunitachi, Tokyo.

Today, the 404 scientists and medical doctors here are actively pursuing research with the goal of applying beneficial bacteria effectively to contribute to human health.

1968The now iconic Yakult plastic bottle is launched. 30 years later, Yakult is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as a "Food for Specified Health Usages" (FOSHU).

The FOSHU status is only awarded to food products that can prove through studies in humans, that they have positive health effects, both medically and nutritionally.

2003

Yakult is officially established in Malaysia.

2005

The Yakult European Research Centre for Microbiology is set up in Belgium.

2008

Yakult Lady door-to-door Home Delivery service is launched in Malaysia.

2013

Yakult business is expanded to East Malaysia.

  • 1930
  • 1935 - 1955
  • 1963 - 1967
  • 1968
  • 2003 - 2005
  • 2008 - 2013
  • 1930

    Dr Minoru Shirota successfully cultured and strengthened a special type of bacteria, our exclusive Shirota strain.


    Based in the Medical Faculty of Kyoto University, Japan at the time, he became the first person in the world to succeed in culturing a strain of lactic acid bacteria beneficial to human health.


    This bacterium was named "Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain" (or Shirota strain) after Dr Shirota.

  • 1935

    Yakult is first introduced in Japan.

    1938

    Yakult is registered as a trademark.

    1955


    Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. is established with Dr Shirota as the President.

  • 1963Yakult’s unique “Yakult Ladies” system of door-to-door distribution by housewives is officially launched.

    1967The Yakult Central Institute is established in Kunitachi, Tokyo.

    Today, the 404 scientists and medical doctors here are actively pursuing research with the goal of applying beneficial bacteria effectively to contribute to human health.

  • 1968The now iconic Yakult plastic bottle is launched. 30 years later, Yakult is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as a "Food for Specified Health Usages" (FOSHU).

    The FOSHU status is only awarded to food products that can prove through studies in humans, that they have positive health effects, both medically and nutritionally.

  • 2003

    Yakult is officially established in Malaysia.

    2005

    The Yakult European Research Centre for Microbiology is set up in Belgium.

  • 2008

    Yakult Lady door-to-door Home Delivery service
    is launched in Malaysia.

    2013

    Yakult business is expanded to East Malaysia.

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