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Notice Concerning Partial Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation

May 18, 2012

NIKON CORPORATION (the “Company”) hereby announces that it has resolved, at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on May 18, 2012, to place a proposal of partial amendments to the Articles of Incorporation on the agenda of the 148th Annual General Shareholders' Meeting to be held on June 28, 2012, as follows:

1. Purpose of amendments to the Articles of Incorporation

To prepare for the business development into the health and medical field, the Company would like to add an item to Article 3 (Purpose) of the current Articles of Incorporation as shown in the proposed amendments below.

2. Details of amendments

The proposed amendments are as follows:

(Underlined portions denote changes.)

Current Articles of Incorporation Proposed Amendments
(Purpose)
Article 3.
The purpose of the Company shall be to engage in the following business activities:
(Purpose)
Article 3.
The purpose of the Company shall be to engage in the following business activities:
(1) Manufacture and sale of optical instruments, physical and chemical instruments, scales, measuring instruments, surveying instruments, medical instruments, spectacles, instruments for handling radioactive materials, semiconductor manufacturing equipment and parts and accessories thereof; (1) <Unchanged>
(2) Manufacture and sale of optical glass, special glass and fire-resistant materials; (2) <Unchanged>
(3) Manufacture and sale of electrical instruments and parts and accessories thereof; (3) <Unchanged>
<New> (4) Manufacture and sale of pharmaceuticals, quasi-pharmaceutical products and cosmetics;
(4) Sale and consignment sale of secondhand products; (5) <Unchanged>
(5) Installation of equipment or apparatus; (6) <Unchanged>
(6) Loans to affiliated companies of the Company; and (7) <Unchanged>
(7) Any other business activity incidental to the above. (8) <Unchanged>

3. Schedule

June 28, 2012 Date of holding the Annual General Shareholders' Meeting at which the amendments to the Articles of Incorporation are to be proposed
June 28, 2012 Effective date of the amendments of the Articles of Incorporation

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The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.