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For Immediate Release

March 26, 2007

Manulife Japan Announces Appointment of New Director

Tokyo - Manulife Life Insurance Company (Head Office: Chofu-shi, Tokyo, President & CEO: Geoff Crickmay) announces the appointment of Robert A. Cook as a Director and Vice Chairman.

Mr. Cook joined Manulife Financial in 1978, and in his 28 years with the Company he has held management positions in Manulife’s U.S., Canadian, International and Corporate divisions, in areas including strategic planning, product management for insurance and annuities, sales and marketing. He was Executive Vice President, U.S. Protection and he is now Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Asia.

New Director of Manulife Japan as of March 8, 2007

Mr. Robert A. Cook

New Vice Chairman of Manulife Japan as of March 15, 2007

Mr. Robert A. Cook
(Mr. Victor Apps has retired as Vice Chairman, but remains as Director)

Additional Information:
Members of Manulife Japan Committees as of March 15, 2007
Nomination Committee
Mr. Robert A. Cook (newly-elected)
Mr. Geoff Crickmay
Mr. Philip Hampden-Smith

Compensation Committee
Mr. Cliff Davis
Mr. Robert A. Cook (newly-elected)
Mr. Geoff Crickmay

Audit Committee
Mr. Robert A. Cook (newly-elected)
Ms. Cindy Forbes
Mr. Philip Hampden-Smith

About Manulife

Manulife Life Insurance Company (“Manulife Japan”), a member company of the Manulife Financial group, holds the highest level "AAA" credit rating from Standard & Poor’s, one of the world’s most reliable credit rating agencies (as of February, 2007).

Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$414 billion (US$355 billion) as at December 31, 2006.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.  Manulife Japan can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.co.jp.

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For information related to this press release please contact:
Manulife Life Insurance Company
Saeko Yoshioka
Communications Department
Tel: 042-442-7180