Yakult's founder Dr. Minoru Shirota succeeded in experiment breeding of*Lactobacillus casei*strain Shirota, which benefits human health, in 1930 and started production
of affordable and delicious fermented milk under the "Yakult"
brand in 1935.
Since its founding, Yakult, motivated by its passion to deliver good health to as many people as possible, has been pursuing the living microorganisms that have a beneficial effect on humans. As a result of that pursuit, Yakult now operates in 40 countries and regions around the world, including Myanmar.
In Myanmar, Yakult was launched in August 2019 and the factory is located at Thilawa Special Economic Zone A. We deliver high-quality product straight from this Thilawa factory to supermarkets and many other stores in Yangon directly. Shortly after its launch, on December 11, 2019, Yakult Myanmar received "The Best Product Launch Award"*from City Mart Holding Co., Ltd.
Under the slogan of “Propagate the message of Yakult, and spread the joy of health“, Yakult is actively working to convey the value of probiotics to people around the world and advance the globalization of its operations.
Research and Development Activities at Yakult
Yakult Central Institute is the company’s hub for research and development,
and is comprised of seven buildings with advanced research equipment and
facilities. Since the establishment of Central Institute in 1955 in Japan,
Yakult has accumulated a vast store of knowledge on the profound world
of microorganisms. In April 2016, we completed a state-of-the art research
facility. There are about 300 researchers who research and accumulate data
about lactic acid bacteria and human health every day.
In an enriched research environment, we will conduct more advanced research and create*products that contribute more than ever to the health and happiness of customers.
Origin of the name of Yakult
The name of “Yakult” as derived from the word “Jahurto”, which means yoghurt
in Esperanto (The universal language). The name Yakult was chosen in 1935
by Dr. Minoru Shirota, the founder of Yakult. At the time, there was no
product categories as we have today. So, the fact that Yakult was derived
from the word yoghurt does not mean that Yakult is a kind of yoghurt. Dr.
Shirota chose Esperanto because*the philosophy of the company is to make every world citizen familiar with
the positive effect of Yakult.
Aiming to further microbiological research
Yakult, in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),
a National Research Development Agency, is currently undertaking research
on the International Space Station (ISS).
The aim of the research is to contribute to the health of astronauts and maintain and raise their performance by scientifically verifying the effects on immune function and intestinal environment of the continuous intake of probiotic,Lactobacillus casei*strain Shirota on ISS. Another aim is to link the knowledge gained from this collaborative research to the development of probiotic research on the ground while*establishing probiotics as the ultimate preventive medicine and contributing to the health promotion of people living on earth.