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About Meiji

At a Glance

At a Glance

Get to know Meiji at a glance – from our core business to our most important numbers.


Our Nutrition Initiatives

Our Nutrition Initiatives

Our goal is to improve the lives of people of all ages around the world through nutrition, from infants to older adults, and we are dedicated to achieving this goal.



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Shigeru Taniguchi

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Executive Officer
Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.

Date of birth: December 12, 1958
Appointment as an executive officer of Meiji Holdings: June 2019

As a joint head of the Wellness Science Labs, Shigeru Taniguchi is responsible for the Meiji Group's research.

Shigeru has carried out basic and applied research on pharmaceutical and food products since he joined Meiji Dairies Corporation in 1982. He contributed to the launch of pharmaceutical products as a leader of new drug approval projects. After the company was reorganized as Meiji Co., Ltd., in 2011, he was put in charge of its dairy products unit. In that role, Shigeru oversaw the development of the company's mainstay LG21 and R-1 lineups of functional yogurt products, which established the Meiji brand as a pioneer of Japan's functional yogurt market.

Backed by his solid track record, Shigeru was put in charge of research planning as an executive officer in 2016. In 2019, Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. appointed him as an executive officer and joint head of Co-Creation Center (former organization of Wellness Science Labs, renovated in 2023). Under his leadership, Wellness Science Labs have been actively participating in national projects engaged in research on longevity. Shigeru has also been promoting international R&D projects by building networks with research institutes around the world.