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The spirit of Sozosei (creativity) instilled in all employees in the Otsuka group stems from their desire to fulfill the corporate philosophy. The group fosters a corporate culture that encourages a diverse workforce to break out of the conventional, broaden their perspectives, and embrace personal development. This collective creativity, in turn, enables the group companies to continue developing innovative products that enrich society.

Development of Human Capital

In conducting its business worldwide, the Otsuka group is committed to developing creative human resources that can break out of the mold and lead our corporate activities for continued growth and innovation.

Human Resources Development Program: Otsuka Global Academy

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Otsuka Holdings: Otsuka Global Academy

A key component of enhancing corporate value for the Otsuka group is nurturing the next generation of executives. Creative growth depends on executive managers and overall organizational business management that can respond to evolving needs. Executive management must be adept at responding to the ever-increasing complexities of business operations as the group expands into new fields. These complexities arise due to accelerating global expansion, and from increased social concerns and responsibilities induced by stakeholders.
Otsuka Holdings launched a mid- to long-term executive human resource development program in 2016 called the Otsuka Global Academy. Its aim is to readily identify and cultivate human resources that will support vital next-generation development.
Otsuka Holdings operates the academy using In-house programs and by effectively engaging external organizations. The programs emphasize passing on the Otsuka group's corporate culture and seek to cultivate ideal management candidates to lead the Otsuka group into the future.
In addition, language learning, business skills training, overseas training and other activities are also incorporated to promote global human resource development.
The academy launched a Senior Leadership Program and a Middle Leadership Program the first year, and expects that the contents of these two programs will progressively expand going forward. These two programs will also work in conjunction with other individual human resource development programs that comprise each Otsuka group company.
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Personal Development

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: Training based on job rank

The Otsuka group has a variety of training programs that enable employees to express individuality and improve their skills and abilities. In addition to on-the-job training for new hires, there is training based on job rank and job content, such as leadership development or technician training. A variety of e-learning programs are also available, including a foreign language qualification incentive system, and courses to prepare for standardized English proficiency tests (CASEC and TOEIC). A Chinese learning course is also available. In this way, the group provides opportunities for employees to achieve personal goals through self-study.
Employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical meet regularly for a voluntary leadership workshop, WING, which aims at engaging and addressing issues from the bottom up, and cultivating problem solving abilities. Participation by employees from various departments provides an opportunity for them to better understand the operations of other departments. The group also focuses on environmental learning to cultivate human resources that can help create a sustainable society and promote environmental and social activities.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory has a scheme called Next Leadership Training. It is based on the concept of continuing to promote innovative growth amid changing internal and external environments, while placing importance on enhancing organizational quality to increase corporate value. The training program creates an opportunity to foster human resources that embody the culture of the Otsuka group, with the aim of developing personnel who can think about and take action on issues independently.
To support the aim of fostering independence in its employees, Taiho Pharmaceutical partially reimburses the cost of certain distance education courses upon successful completion. The number of employees taking these self-development training courses is about 500 annually. When employees achieve a certain qualification, they receive an incentive payment, which encourages further self-development.
With business expansion and increasing organizational complexity due to globalization, Otsuka Techno needs to enhance its organizational strength and upgrade employee skills. The company aims to revitalize its organization by improving individual skills through implementing various types of rank-specific training.
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Safety Training Center

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Otsuka Chemical: Hands-on training for rotary valve accident prevention

Opened in 2012, the Anzen Dojo (Safety Training Center) provides safety training to both Otsuka Chemical employees and those of affiliated companies outside Japan, and their suppliers. Through classroom instruction and simulations of past accidents, the Anzen Dojo heightens awareness of safety hazards and sensitivity to danger, boosts safety knowledge, and cultivates the ability to anticipate one step ahead. There are two levels of internal training, the first for new hires and the second for all other employees. In fiscal 2017, the company plans to launch a new program for all employees that uses the most recent industrial accidents as case studies. In recognition of the safety and health education provided by the Anzen Dojo and its activities to foster a culture of safety, the company received a Responsible Care Award from the Japan Chemical Industry Association in 2014. In 2015, Otsuka Chemical received the Tokushima Labor Bureau Director Encouragement Award for Safety Assurance Measures.
Otsuka Electronics is also striving to prevent occupational accidents while fostering a healthy and comfortable workplace. Efforts include annual safety training where employees watch a video on the proper use of organic solvents and other hazardous chemical substances. Practical skills coaching is also provided by the safety manager.
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Career Planning

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Personal Career Counseling Office

Otsuka group companies provide support for individual career planning, so that all employees can enjoy active and rewarding careers.
Taiho Pharmaceutical has set up a Personal Career Counseling Office that provides consultation on a wide range of topics from career planning, transfers, and promotions, to job descriptions, workplace stress, and personal development. There are four human resources staff members (two male and two female) with professional qualifications as industrial counselors and career consultants; they have provided over 100 consultations so far. In order to further enhance their skills, the counselors periodically receive guidance from a leading career consultant, who provides coaching based on actual cases. The activities of the Personal Career Counseling Office were covered in the journal of the Japan Industrial Counselors Association in 2016, which was widely read and well-received by the larger business community.
In cooperation with an outside employee assistance program provider, EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical has created a system in which counselors with specialized training provide career planning assistance. The company supports and encourages its employees to take on new challenges and plan their careers from a long-term perspective.
Otsuka Electronics has introduced an online self-assessment system where employees can provide information concerning their career plans and desired work locations. The company uses this online assessment to try and understand the goals and health conditions of individual employees to better provide support for career planning and the futures of employees. The data obtained through this initiative is also utilized as a resource for improving workplace environments and revising systems, especially in the case of ideas for company improvement or company issues.
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Human Resources Development Program: Otsuka Global Academy

A key component of enhancing corporate value for the Otsuka group is nurtur...

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Development of Human Capital
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Personal Development

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Safety Training Center

Opened in 2012, the Anzen Dojo (Safety Training Center) provides safety tra...

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Career Planning

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