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The Principal Financial Group Contributes to Japan Relief Efforts

April 27, 2011 (Des Moines, IA) - The Principal Financial Group® has announced a gift of $250,000 USD to assist ongoing relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. The gift will be made on behalf of The Principal® and its employees.

The Principal has directed $150,000 USD to the Japan disaster relief fund via the Japanese Chamber of Commerce New York. An additional $100,000 USD, including donations from employees of The Principal and a match from the company’s charitable foundation, will benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society.

“Our thoughts continue to be with those affected by the disaster,” said Larry Zimpleman, chairman, president and CEO, The Principal. “We are grateful to be able to support our employees in Japan, our partner Nippon Life Insurance Company of Japan, and those providing disaster relief through their heroic efforts in light of the tragic losses and the lingering effects of this crisis.”

The global asset management arm of The Principal, Principal Global Investors, has had operations in Tokyo, Japan since 2006.

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About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)[1] is a leader in offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement and investment services, life and health insurance, and banking through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the Fortune 500, the Principal Financial Group has $318.8 billion in assets under management[2] and serves some 19.1 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG.

"The Principal Financial Group" and "The Principal" are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.
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