FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BENESSE EXTENDS EXPIRATION DATE OF TENDER OFFER FOR BERLITZ
New York, New York (May 9, 2001) - Benesse Corporation and Benesse Holdings International, Inc.
announced today that they have extended the expiration date of their tender offer to purchase all of the
outstanding shares of common stock of Berlitz International, Inc. (NYSE: BTZ) for $14.50 cash per share. The
offer, which was previously scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on Tuesday, May 8,
2001, has been extended until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Tuesday, May 15, 2001.
Benesse has been advised by Citibank, N.A., the depositary for the tender offer, that as of 12:00 midnight, New
York City time, on Tuesday, May 8, 2001, approximately 495,730 shares of Berlitz's common stock had been
tendered into the offer (including through notices of guaranteed delivery) and not withdrawn. Such shares,
together with shares already owned by Benesse and its affiliates, represent approximately 80.8% of Berlitz's
outstanding shares. If, following completion of the tender offer, Benesse Holdings owns at least 90% of the
outstanding shares of Berlitz's common stock, Benesse Holdings will acquire the remaining outstanding Berlitz
shares by a share exchange without a vote of shareholders of Berlitz, as permitted under applicable law. As a
consequence of the extension of the expiration date, holders of Berlitz common stock may tender or withdraw
shares until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, unless the offer is further extended.
Questions or requests for additional information may be directed to Georgeson Shareholder Communications Inc.
((212) 440-9800 or (800) 223-2064), which is acting as Information Agent with respect to the tender offer.
Benesse is a public company in Japan and its shares are traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka
Securities Exchange. Benesse is the largest educational services company in Japan. Benesse holds the leading