TOKYO, April 26, 2017—Canon Inc. (“Canon”) announced today that Canon and Miyazaki Daishin Canon Inc. (“Miyazaki Daishin Canon”) at their respective Board of Directors' meetings held on April 26, 2017, adopted resolutions to conduct a share exchange under which Miyazaki Daishin Canon will be made a wholly-owned subsidiary resulting from a share exchange of Canon, which will become the wholly-owning parent company resulting from a share exchange (the “Share Exchange”), and concluded a share exchange agreement, as described below.

Canon, to be able to swiftly respond to changes in demand due to market fluctuations, is bringing manufacturing capabilities back to Japan as a way to strengthen mutual cooperation between development and manufacturing. At the same time, by vigorously driving forward automation Canon is also furthering its capabilities in camera production engineering.

To accelerate this effort, we decided to take this opportunity to make Miyazaki Daishin Canon, an affiliated company accounted for by the equity-method since 1980 that has contributed to the development of the Group as a manufacturer of mainly interchangeable-lens digital cameras, a wholly-owned subsidiary. In doing so, we will promote a synergistic combination of Canon Group business and management resources and construct a system that allows agile decision-making and prompt execution of important strategies. Going forward, the Group will work in a concerted effort to further speed up the management process and enhance its position in the camera market.

The Share Exchange will become effective on June 1, 2017, after approval is granted at the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of Miyazaki Daishin Canon to be held on May 11, 2017. By contrast, Canon will adopt a simplified share exchange without approval at the general meeting of shareholders pursuant to Article 796, Paragraph 2 of the Companies Act. Read the full release.

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