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Otsuka respects local communities and their traditional cultures. The group contributes to community development and in particular to the education of children, who represent the future of their communities, through community exchanges, partnerships, and support for education.

Youth Education

The Otsuka group engages in educational and awareness-building initiatives to ensure children understand the importance of conserving nature, and protecting and enhancing communities for future generations.

Support Through Education

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Eco-School Adoption Program

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Life Studies Through Cancer

Since 2007, in Japan, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Chemical, and Taiho Pharmaceutical have participated in Eco-School Adoption Program activities through agreements with local schools. As indicated by the program name, the three group companies support environmental-learning activities in their “adopted” school. Under a three-year plan for 2016 to 2018, the companies are supporting the activities of Oujin Junior High School in Tokushima City. In fiscal 2016, an Environmental Study Meeting was held as part of year-one efforts to achieve zero school emissions. The event provided an opportunity for students to learn about garbage and related issues. The students also took a tour of Kamikatsu Town in Tokushima Prefecture to learn about advanced measures for zero waste. The results of these investigations were presented at the 10th Tokushima Environmental Learning Forum, and at a Community/Planet Environmental Activity Seminar held at Taiho Pharmaceutical. The Eco-School Adoption Program is expected to become a catalyst for students to examine environmental problems close to home.
Since 2011, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has sponsored a class for junior high school students, Life Studies Through Cancer, organized by LOHAS Medical Japan, A doctor and a cancer patient teach the class of students and their parents, and reflect on the meaning and ways of life. By 2016, more than 10,000 students and their parents from 29 different schools took part in the class.
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Plant Tours for Students

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Factory tour of the Okayama Plant

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Takasaki Factory

Otsuka group companies proactively welcome visitors to tour their plants. Otsuka Pharmaceutical plants have prepared informative displays and exhibits for visitors to learn not only about manufacturing processes for Otsuka products, but also about health and the environment.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical's Takasaki Factory—manufacturer of POCARI SWEAT, Amino-Value and other products in plastic bottles—has worked to make its factory open and friendly to visitors, for example, by creating an accessible visitor route by installing an elevator. In 2016, the total number of visitors exceeded 100,000.
Since its completion in 2013, Taiho Pharmaceutical’s Kitajima Plant has actively worked with elementary and junior high schools to provide factory tours that help students to learn outside school walls. In fiscal 2016, the plant hosted 46 tours for a total of 898 students.
Otsuka Foods offers tours mainly to elementary schools, as well as children’s and elderly groups in the community. In addition, every year the Shiga Factory provides nearby junior high schools with workplace-experience learning so students can experience the joy and challenges of working life, and apply this experience to their studies.
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical's Hanamaki Factory provides many factory tours to local high school, technical college, and university students from Iwate Prefecture, as well as to students throughout Japan. An increasing number of these visitors subsequently express an interest in the company and a desire to one day work at the company.
Otsuka Sims (Guangdong) Beverage provides factory tours to so-called left-behind children* in collaboration with the Mental Hygiene Association of the Third People's Hospital of Jiangmen, which provides educational support to the children. The tours are provided at the Jiangmen factory, which produces POCARI SWEAT. The company also conducts health education for the prevention of heat disorders; in 2016, 72 children participated.

* Children whose parents have left to work in urban areas and are being raised by grandparents or other relatives in their hometown. Some left-behind children do not receive adequate education, which has become a social issue.
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Healthcare Support Activities: Otsuka Welfare Clinic

In 2003, the Otsuka group established the Otsuka Welfare Clinic in Peshawar...

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Sub-Rural Health Center in Myanmar

In Myanmar, births typically occur at home with a midwife in attendance, an...

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Health Promotion, Disaster Prevention and Relief Activities

The Otsuka group of companies works with communities to engage in health aw...

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Participation in Community Events

The Otsuka group, with its origins in Tokushima Prefecture, is proud to par...

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Forest Conservation Activities such as Tree Planting and Thinning

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory and Taiho Pharmaceutical have supported the T...

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Support for Cancer Patients

Every year since 2000, Astex employees and their families have taken part i...

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Participation in Charity Events

Taiho Oncology participates in charity events and other fundraising for pat...

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Delivering Vitamins to Mothers and Children

Since 2006, Pharmavite in the United States has supported the nonprofit Vit...

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Sponsor Workplace Mental Health Initiative

One in five adults in the US experience a diagnosable mental illness in any...

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Improving School Facilities

Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical, with the participation of 110 employees, donate...

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Providing Hope to Cambodian Children

At Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical, income generated by its employee cafeteria ...

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Monthly Volunteer Activities on “ION Day”

Since July 2009, Dong-A Otsuka in South Korea has marked the 25th of every ...

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SATU HATI Programs in Indonesia

In Indonesia, PT Amerta Indah Otsuka (AIO) has held SATU HATI (One Heart) c...

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Otsuka Museum of Art

In the Tokushima area specifically, the group established the Otsuka Museum...

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Tokushima Vortis Professional Soccer Team

The Tokushima Vortis professional soccer team was founded in 2004 around a ...

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Track and Field Program Sponsorship

The Otsuka Pharmaceutical track and field team includes male and female ath...

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Support Through Education

Since 2007, in Japan, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Chemical, and Taiho Pha...

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Plant Tours for Students

Otsuka group companies proactively welcome visitors to tour their plants. O...