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Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. Brings the Legacy of Washington, DC Cherry Trees to New Jersey
Date:10/21/2011

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 100 cherry tree saplings were planted in Central Park of Morris County today, the newest park in the Morris County Park System, located in Parsippany Troy-Hills.  The planting will create Cherry Lane and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic gift of Japanese flowering cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington D.C. in 1912.  More than 75 Daiichi Sankyo employee volunteers partnered with the Park Commission staff to plant the trees as part of the company's Employee Volunteer Day in the community. Cherry Lane is a one-quarter mile stretch of cherry trees along Central Avenue that runs through the center of the park. The concept for Cherry Lane was created by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and the Morris County Park Commission.

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Dr. Jokichi Takamine, the company's first president and the renowned chemist who was the first to isolate the human hormone adrenaline and to develop taka-diastase, a digestive enzyme, orchestrated the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington D.C. as a symbol of friendship between our two nations.

"We are as proud today as we were a century ago to be a part of this historic philanthropic initiative," said John Gargiulo, President and CEO, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.  "We believe engaging our employees in the planting of cherry trees is a fitting way to commemorate the legacy of the gift of trees nearly a century ago. Dr. Takamine's forward-thinking support and desire to collaborate with other cultures set the foundation for how Daiichi Sankyo would approach its business, which continues today."

Organizing and shipping 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to the U.S. in 1912 was certainly not easy or one person's sole accomplishment. It was the result of a combined vision many partners: Eliza Scidmore, Nation
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