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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.

Contributing to Communities

As a good corporate citizen, the Otsuka group cares about the natural environment and local communities. It places importance on a community-based culture, and companies across the group are undertaking social contribution activities.

Healthcare Support Activities: Otsuka Welfare Clinic

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Otsuka Welfare Clinic

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Otsuka Welfare Clinic

In 2003, the Otsuka group established the Otsuka Welfare Clinic in Peshawar, Pakistan, and began to provide medical treatment to Afghan refugees and others in need.
The more than 1.8 million refugees and displaced persons who have fled to Pakistan since 2001 have been unable to receive adequate medical treatment. Upon witnessing this reality and driven by a strong desire to contribute to the health of the local people as companies engaged in lifesaving activities in Asia and the Arab world, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and the 23 group companies that operate in the Asian and Arab regions jointly set up the Otsuka Welfare Clinic. In 2014, the clinic was recognized for contributing to the medical treatment of Afghan refugees and healthcare promotion in the region for over 10 years, and was awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation. The honor is given to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in promoting friendly relations between Japan and other countries. The clinic provided medical care to over 880,000 patients since its establishment and shut down in 2017 after fulfilling its mission during the nearly 15 years of its activity.
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Sub-Rural Health Center in Myanmar

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Sub-rural health center

In rural areas of Myanmar, many women choose to give birth at home rather than at medical clinics, and ensuring a safer childbirth environment for the health of infants and expectant and nursing mothers can be a significant challenge. Through the non-governmental organization, People's Hope Japan (PHJ), Otsuka Pharmaceutical donated a sub-rural health center to Allel Kyum, a rural village in the northern part of Myanmar's capital city, Nay Pyi Taw, in 2016. Allel Kyum was chosen as the site for the new center at the request of the Myanmar Ministry of Health due to the lack of nearby hospital facilities for childbirth. Midwives are stationed at the clinic, and in addition to childbirth assistance, basic treatment and ongoing health education are provided to expectant women and other villagers. Since its establishment in July 2016, the health center has been utilized by approximately 180 people a month on average and over approximately 4,000 people (as of the end of March 2018), and has contributed to primary medical care in the region.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical also provides support for various PHJ projects, including donations of auto rickshaws (tuk-tuks) to transport expectant women in emergencies in Cambodia.
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Health Promotion, Disaster Prevention and Relief Activities

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Providing relief supplies, visiting refugees and displaced persons

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Visiting refugees and displaced persons

The Otsuka group conducts health promotion, disaster prevention, and disaster relief programs in collaboration with communities. As a company engaged in lifesaving activities, Otsuka Pharmaceutical works with local governments to contribute to maintaining and improving the health of people. It has carried out various health awareness-raising and educational activities for people throughout Japan, using its insight and know-how in areas such as nutritional education, prevention of lifestyle-related diseases, treatment of heat disorders, sports promotion, women’s health, and disaster preparedness. To date, the company has concluded partnership agreements with 45 prefectures in Japan, beginning with Saga Prefecture in 2015 (as of April 2018).
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory maintains disaster preparedness in collaboration with local residents, and works proactively with local governments to implement disaster management. The company has designated the roof of the head office factory building (located near the coast) as a temporary tsunami evacuation site for local residents. Emergency goods, such as disaster kits and daily necessities, are also stockpiled on-site. Additionally, the company holds briefing sessions on its business continuity plan initiatives, facility tours, and joint tsunami evacuation drills for local residents and other relevant persons. Recognized for such initiatives, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory and neighboring voluntary disaster management organizations were selected as a “community disaster management model area for FY2015” of the Community Disaster Management Plan promoted by the Cabinet Office. The company’s activities were also introduced in the White Paper on Disaster Management 2016 published by the Cabinet Office. In 2018, the company reported the status of its activities at the Community Disaster Management Plan Forum 2018 organized by the Cabinet Office.   
Otsuka Foods has concluded agreements with 20 local governments in Japan to provide relief supplies in the event of a disaster.
On December 16 and 17, 2017, 13 employees of Taiho Pharmaceutical volunteered at a Christmas event organized by NPO Place to Grow in Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture. The event was held for the third consecutive year to support the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake. On the 16th, an event was held for children who were unable to attend the main party on the following day. At both an elementary school in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture and a commercial facility in Minamisanriku, the employees sung and danced with the children and helped make Christmas cards and fill bags with Christmas presents. On the 17th, with President Masayuki Kobayashi also volunteering, everyone worked hard from the morning to set up and decorate the venue.    
In Indonesia, PT Amerta Indah Otsuka delivered 24,000 bottles of POCARI SWEAT, as relief supplies to help prevent dehydration and heat disorder, to those people who had to evacuate in severe circumstances due to the large-scale eruption of Mount Agung in Bali in 2017. In addition, in Pacitan Regency in East Java Province, which had massive flooding due to a cyclone that hit the southern coast of Java in November 2017, Otsuka Indonesia dispatched volunteer staff to help transport daily necessities and provide nutritional supplements purchased with employee donations. In China, following damages caused by Typhoon Hato that landed in August 2017, Otsuka Sims (Guangdong) Beverage worked with local governments and volunteer groups to clear road obstacles. It also provided POCARI SWEAT to prevent dehydration of staff engaged in relief activities.  
         
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Participation in Community Events

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Otsuka Ren

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: Otsuka Uzumaki Ren

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Tiovita Ren

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Otsuka Foods: Hatsuratsu Ren

The Otsuka group, with its origins in Tokushima Prefecture, is proud to participate in maintaining exemplary, local cultural activities, such as the Awa Odori, one of the Japan’s largest dance festivals, which has a 400-year tradition. Every year, employees from the Otsuka group participate in the festival by organizing four dance groups, called ren, made up of employees from six group companies. Otsuka employees help promote this traditional festival by participating as both dancers and spectators in this exciting dance.
In addition, every year EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical participates in the Hanamaki Festival with Mikoshi, portable Shinto shrines. In fiscal 2017, 90 employees from EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical and 10 employees from Otsuka group companies in Morioka and Sendai Cities, or a total of 100 employees, participated in the festival.
Otsuka Foods’ Kushiro Factory participates in community events, including sponsoring the Betsukai Pilot Marathon and supporting the fireworks festival held at Shin Kushiro River in Kushiro City. The Shiga Factory has continued to engage in the cleanup of the premises and the surrounding city road area once a month, and participates in the Chagamagawa River grass-cutting event organized by the industrial park in Konan City. JIMRO participated in Takasaki City’s traffic safety guidance event in April 2017.  
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Factory Open to the Community

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Exciting Summer in Wajiki

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Illuminated display at the Kitajima Plant

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Tree workshop

Factories of the Otsuka group carry out regular cleanup activities in areas around their grounds. With a policy of openness toward local communities, some factories open their grounds to the public for cherry blossom viewing in the spring. Group sites also collaborate on various community events for regional revitalization.
Together with Otsuka Techno, the local government, and the chamber of commerce, Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Wajiki Factory holds a free outdoor concert every year, called Exciting Summer in Wajiki. The concert is staged on a grassy area on the factory grounds during the Awa Odori Festival. In 2017, the concert drew approximately 5,000 people from all over Japan. The factory has been recognized for its large ratio of green area, the lack of fences and walls around factory grounds, making its greenery accessible to the general public, as well as the factory’s continuous and proactive engagement in the planting of seedlings of an acorn variety native to the area and environmental awareness lectures for elementary school students, and was awarded the METI Minister’s Award of the FY2017 Factory Greening Award Program.   
Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory holds an event with the local community under the theme of health and environmental protection. The event is called Asan Walking Festival in Itano. Elsewhere, the Saga Factory makes use of the abundant greenery on its premises to hold a tree workshop for children and local residents to better understand the natural environment. In such ways, the company provides opportunities for interaction between factories and local children and/or community members.
Taiho Pharmaceutical’s Kitajima Plant has built walking paths lined with rows of cherry blossom trees on its grounds, which provide a peaceful, relaxing space for local residents during plant operating hours. The plant also hosts community interaction events each season, such as evening cherry blossom illumination in the spring, opening up of the plant’s park to the public during the fireworks festival in the summer, and an LED illuminated display in the winter. Furthermore, disaster prevention agreements have been signed with Kitajima Town, Tokushima City, and Tokushima Prefecture. In the event of a large-scale disaster, the park at the plant’s premises will be opened as a temporary evacuation site. The plant also works with the local community to hold disaster drills and develop a system for disaster preparedness.
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Support for Cancer Patients

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LLS

Every year since 2000, Astex employees and their families have taken part in the Light The Night of East Bay event in Walnut Creek in California to raise awareness and much-needed funds to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS is the largest voluntary organization in the US dedicated to research, finding cures, and ensuring access to treatment for blood cancer patients. Light The Night draws nearly one million participants throughout the year in over 160 evening events across the US. To date, Astex and its employees have contributed over $465,000 to the LLS.
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Participation in Charity Events

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Taiho Oncology: Taking part in a colorectal cancer awareness-raising campaign

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Employees of Otsuka France who participated in the Senegazelle race

The Otsuka group actively participates in various charity events and other fundraising activities for patient support, disease awareness raising, and community contribution.
In the US, Taiho Oncology participates in many activities throughout the year, primarily activities to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. The activities include sponsorship of and participation in a charity run organized by a local colorectal cancer patient group, which raises donations for colorectal cancer prevention, research and development, and patient support.
Otsuka America, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization support the activities of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) that helps people with mental illness, and CaringKind that helps people with Alzheimer’s disease, and take part in charity walks and charity runs held by the respective organizations. US-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals also participates in charity walks and sponsors activities, with the objective of supporting the healthcare of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and migraine and further research and development.    
At Otsuka Pharmaceutical France SAS, five employees took part in the Senegazelle race, a women’s running event that donates school supplies to impoverished areas in Senegal. In 2017, the race was participated by a total of 67 runners and donated school supplies, including stationery, to approximately 7,000 students attending 17 schools. 
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Improving School Facilities

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Commemorative photo of the school’s students, faculty, and participating staff following the completion of the repair work

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Children playing happily in the renovated play area

Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical provided support for the planned repair work of aging facilities at Wat Pa Thum Phu Toey School in the remote Kanchanaburi Province so that the facilities can be utilized safely. A total of 110 people participated in the project from Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Nutraceutical (Thailand), Otsuka group’s related companies—Earth Corporation, Nichiban’s subsidiary Earth (Thailand), and Nichiban (Thailand)—and hospitals.    
The project began in September 2017 and involved the renovation of school facilities, such as study room, meeting room, cafeteria, play area, and nurse’s office, as well as the installation of a waste incineration site. At the handover ceremony held in December, many teachers and students expressed delight at the significant improvement in the school’s sanitary environment and facilities.   
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Providing Hope to Cambodian Children

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The reconstructed Prum elementary school

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Completion ceremony

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Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s company cafeteria Sam-mul Hall

At Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical, profits made by its employee cafeteria Sam-mul*1 Hall are saved and donated for projects in developing countries, such as educational support and drilling water wells. The latest education support project covered everything from choosing a recipient elementary school to its remodeling. The old classrooms of Prum elementary school in Cambodia’s Prey Veng Province had wooden posts and old tile roofs. In March 2017, a completion ceremony was held locally with great fanfare for the reconstructed Prum elementary school in Cambodia’s Prey Veng Province.
Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical provides reasonably priced beverages at the Sam-mul Hall cafeteria near the head office entrance, and the cafeteria has become a communication space for employees. In 2010, the company began raising donations via the cafeteria for three purposes: 1) cultivate compassion for others through donations; 2) provide educational support for children in developing countries; and 3) support well drilling in countries with water shortages. In the well drilling project, 81 wells have been completed thus far. The company has drilled a total of 104 wells*2, including Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

*1. “Sam-mul” means “fountain” in Korean.
*2. 81 wells in Cambodia, 19 wells in Indonesia (including water tank), 4 wells in Sri Lanka.
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Monthly Volunteer Activities on “ION Day”

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Dong-A Otsuka: ION Day activity

Since July 2009, Dong-A Otsuka in South Korea has marked the 25 th of every month as ION Day. The approximately 100 employees who work at the company headquarters take turns performing volunteer activities and distributing products. Employees visit local educational institutions and provide teacher assistance in after-school learning and club activities, such as sports or cooking classes. By establishing ION Day as part of its company culture, the company continues to promote individual volunteer activities in communities.
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“SATU HATI” (One Heart) in Indonesia

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Library built in 2011

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SATU HATI School in Kejayan Factory

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Environmental awareness lecture for local residents

In Indonesia, P.T. Amerta Indah Otsuka, which manufactures and markets POCARI SWEAT, conducts the “SATU HATI” (One Heart) social contribution activities under the three themes of education, environment, and health. These activities are aimed at community development and coexistence with the community. In the education area, the company constructs libraries and donates books, and holds the “SATU HATI School” to teach science and math to children, with employees taking turns as a teacher. In this way, the company is active in supporting the education of the children who will lead the future.
On the environment front, the company carries out tree planting activities and manages green spaces in cooperation with local governments as part of its efforts to preserve the environment. It also implements cleanup activities in factory areas collaborating with the Ministry of Health on health promotion. Furthermore, it holds environmental awareness lectures for residents to learn about the importance of waste separation and recycling.  
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Support Through Education

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Eco-School Adoption Program

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Life Studies Through Cancer

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Library in Laos supported by Otsuka Warehouse

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People in Indonesia learning about hydroponics

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 2017, a lecture was held on garbage reduction methods. Students learned about Tokushima City’s garbage separation and collection and approaches for reducing garbage. As homework for the summer holiday, students measured the weight of the garbage generated at their homes and studied the situation and issues of household garbage. The outcomes of this program were presented at the 11th Tokushima Environmental Learning Forum.  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 classes of students and their parents, and reflect on the meaning and ways of life. By 2017, more than 12,000 students and their parents from 34 different schools took part in the class.
Otsuka Warehouse has been participating in projects carried out by NPO Room to Read for improving the literacy rate and promoting women’s education in developing countries since 2015. The company provided donations for elementary school libraries and supported literacy education programs in Cambodia in 2015, Vietnam in 2016, and the suburbs of Vientiane, the capital of Laos, in October 2017.       
Otsuka Indonesia works with local governments to provide local residents with a program to learn about hydroponics. The skills acquired through this program help not only with home gardening but also with providing a source of household income from selling the cultivated vegetables.  
PT Widatra Bhakti collaborates with the National Nurses Association of Indonesia and other organizations to implement a nurse program for children between the ages of 6 and 11. The program teaches children about proper hygiene, such as the correct way of washing hands and methods for treating wounds. The program held in March 2017 was participated by 21 children.   
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Plant Tours

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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.
Based on the concept of building harmonious relationships with the natural environment, Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory manufactures pharmaceutical products, such as Mucosta and Samsca, as well as SOYJOY and SoyCarat. Within the factory, there is an untouched forest and a biotope where visitors can observe wildlife. The factory partners with the local community to hold a walking event on its premises as well as a SOYJOY plant tour. In addition, it holds family tours that offer hospitality to employee family members. In 2017, the cumulative number of factory tour visitors exceeded 150,000. Aiming to be a factory that is people- and eco-friendly as well as open, it will continue to actively host factory tours as part of its social contribution activities.    
Taiho Pharmaceutical’s Kitajima Plant has actively held plant tours to provide opportunities for elementary and junior high schools, and the general public since its completion in 2013. In fiscal 2017, the plant hosted 55 tours for a total of 917 people.
Otsuka Foods offers tours mainly for elementary schools as well as children’s and elderly groups. The Shiga Factory hosts work experience opportunities for local junior high school students every year. The students get to experience the joys and difficulties of working and apply this experience to their studies.
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical hosts factory tours as part of its goal to become a company rooted in the community. In fiscal 2017, 495 people visited for the factory tour, including members of local governments and schools. The company actively hosts workplace tours for high school, technical college, and university students, with the objective of contributing to local employment. In fiscal 2017, 194 students took part in such tours. Following the tours, many students have shown interest in the company’s initiatives for pharmaceutical production and quality management. The tours have prompted some to seek jobs at the company and are now employees. In response to a request from the local social welfare council, the company has also begun hosting factory tours for students enrolled in after-school programs.    
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. Local left-behind children are invited to the Jiangmen Factory, which produces POCARI SWEAT. In addition to factory tours, the company also conducts health education for the prevention of heat disorders. In 2016, 72 children participated. In July 2017, the company was certified as a “food safety education base.” The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) examines and certifies companies that regularly offer food safety education to local people, and certified Otsuka Sims (Guangdong) Beverage in recognition of its factory tours.     
Dong-A Otsuka actively holds factory tours for young children and youths. It provides not only tours of the beverage production process, but also a range of other programs, such as watching educational videos on water intake and workshops on ion beverage production. To make tours of the beverage production process easier to understand for visitors, the company has renovated to create a more open display space, and explanation of the process is provided by the staff.

*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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Workplace Tours

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: Plant tour for families

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Otsuka Electronics: Internship program

The Otsuka group holds workplace tours for family members of employees etc. The purpose is not only to promote work-life balance, but also to foster awareness about creating an environment in which the entire company warmly supports childrearing by employees and to deepen their family members’ understanding of the workplace.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory holds family tours that offer hospitality to employee family members. Tour programs are designed to provide a memorable learning experience, including touring the production line, eating at the employee cafeteria, and wearing work uniforms. The company also collaborates with “Company Intern Work,” a program in which companies give out practical assignments that junior high and high school students work on at their schools. This program has received the Career Education Award (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) (2015) that honors outstanding education support activities. The company has supported this program since its first year in fiscal 2010, with the objective of raising awareness about the company’s attractiveness, philosophy, and business activities among not only students but also teachers, staff, parents, and guardians, increasing its brand value, and contributing to training human resources of the future.             
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory holds plant tours during children’s summer holidays. A variety of events are organized. In addition to learning about the corporate philosophy and company history and touring a pharmaceutical plant, children can visit the workplace of their family members and exchange business cards which are made by hand at a workshop held on the same day.     
Otsuka Electronics’ Shiga Plant accepts interns from local universities. In 2017, it hosted a total of six interns from two universities.
Otsuka Warehouse holds a workplace tour once a year for approximately 40 children of its employees as well as employees of partner companies. Along with tours of the group’s plants, warehouses, and offices, the program offers hands-on experience, such as workplace introduction through a business card exchange tournament and use of the video conferencing system, as well as test rides on trucks and cranes. Children learn that the business of their family members’ company fulfills an important role in society.     
China Otsuka Pharmaceutical held a family day event for local employees in 2017. Organized every year, this event aims to promote the integration of corporate culture and family and strengthen employees’ sense of belonging to the company. After touring the cultural/sports training center and a plant of another company, parents and children enjoyed playing games and eating meals.     
 Taiwan Otsuka Pharmaceutical holds an internship program that allows students of Taiwan’s medical universities to learn on-the-job about sales, post-marketing surveillance, pharmaceutical activities, development, and more. It has received positive reviews for offering an outstanding opportunity to gain professional experience.        
We will continue to provide opportunities that deepen mutual understanding of work-life balance through events that connect the workplace and families.
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Sponsor Workplace Mental Health Initiative

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Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

One in five adults in the US experience a diagnosable mental illness in any given year, and many will go untreated. In partnering with the American Psychiatric Association’s Workplace Mental Health Initiative, Otsuka in the US recognizes that respecting and treating mental illness on par with other medical illnesses is the first step to improving employee quality of life as well as improving the performance of the organization. Mental illness should not be considered in isolation from the personal circumstances of each employee. In addition to face-to-face consultation, employees and their families are provided with advice regarding financial, legal, caregiving and parenting issues.
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Otsuka Museum of Art

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Seven Series Sunflowers

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Last Supper (before and after restoration)

The Otsuka group endeavors to promote regional development of the arts and culture through the Otsuka Museum of Art, which was established in 1998 to mark the 75th anniversary of its founding.
The museum features more than 1,000 replicas of Western masterpieces, from ancient murals to modern works, across four kilometers of display space. The replicas have been produced to original size using the special technology of Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics. This allows visitors to view masterpieces from 190 art museums in 25 countries all under one roof.
The museum’s creative exhibits take advantage of the attributes and benefits of ceramic plates. A set of six altar panels by El Greco, which cannot be viewed in a set under ordinary circumstances, is arranged in their original configuration; a display of da Vinci’s Last Supper compares the painting before and after restoration; and the replicas of Monet’s Water Lilies are displayed outdoors in recognition of the painter’s desire that this series be viewed in natural sunlight. In addition, a new exhibition room opened on March 21, 2018 to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the Museum. All seven versions of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers are reproduced and displayed there enabling visitors to view all seven Sunflowers at once. This would not have been achieved without the work of ceramic plates, provided the original versions of seven Sunflowers are scattered around the world, specifically in the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, England, and the United States, and some of which are individually owned and some have been destroyed during the war.
The fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, also known as “Ode to Joy” in Japan, has been performed at the Otsuka Museum of Art’s Sistine Hall since 2011. At this concert called “‘Naruto’s Ninth’ at the Art Museum” (organized by Naruto City and Sing DAIKU in Naruto), “Ode to Joy” is sung by a choir consisting of group/solo singers and others from Japan and overseas. 
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Tokushima Vortis Professional Soccer Team

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Tokushima Vortis’ community activity

The Tokushima Vortis professional soccer team was founded in 2004 around a core group of members from the Otsuka Pharmaceutical soccer team. Tokushima Vortis was conceived to revitalize the local community, and with support from the Tokushima Prefecture Board of Education, the team published the Tokushima Challenge Program, a booklet on ways to improve physical strength. The booklet is distributed to elementary school students in the prefecture and available online. Team players also take part in physical education classes at elementary schools to motivate youth and interest them in engaging in physical activities.
To address the various community issues facing Tokushima Prefecture, Tokushima Vortis holds soccer classes and other events called “Smile Up Class,” primarily for kindergarten and elementary school children, the childrearing generation, and senior citizens. The team’s soccer players also take part in the activities, with the aim of increasing interactions across generations through sports.   
The Otsuka group provides support for the soccer team. It helps to promote the athletes’ health and nutrition, sponsors events at the team’s home stadium, and carries out other efforts to develop the local region through soccer.
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Track and Field Program

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Track and field program for junior high and high school students

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Tokushima Athletes’ Meeting

The Otsuka Pharmaceutical track and field team includes male and female athletes, some of whom have gone on to compete in the Olympics and world-class sports events. In between their training commitments, team members participate in local school or community track and field programs. Since 2016, the Tokushima Athletes’ Meeting (venue: Naruto Otsuka Sports Park POCARI SWEAT Stadium) has been held, aimed at strengthening, raising awareness of, and promoting junior athletes in Tokushima Prefecture, in cooperation with the Tokushima Athletics Association. At the meeting in which sprinter Yuzo Kanemaru, who has competed in three Olympic Games and seven World Championships, and hurdler Hideki Omuro, who has competed in a World Championship, served as instructors, lectures and practices were held by splitting into sprint and hurdle groups.
In addition, the track and field team holds the “Sawayaka Running Class” since 2009 for people in Shibecha Town in Hokkaido, the team’s training ground, aimed at raising awareness of track and field and improving track performance. The class in 2017 was held jointly with Tenmaya Co., Ltd., Kyudenko Corporation, and Uniqlo Co., Ltd., participated by approximately 40 people, including members of junior sports club, junior high and high school students, and the general public. Athletes provided guidance on basic activities, such as warm-up and body movement. At the end, all participants deepened their interactions through a relay race.     
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Providing Supplies to Regions in Need

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OAPI and OPDC colleagues after packing 10,152 meals!

One role of the Otsuka group is to make contributions to local communities. To that end, the group companies are engaged in a host of activities.
Avanir Pharmaceuticals (US), as part of their “Pay it Forward” activity, helps support the operation of a Ronald McDonald House* in Florida by providing supplies and volunteers.

*Ronald McDonald Houses are facilities located near hospitals that sick children and their families can use.

Daiya Foods (Canada) donates products which cannot be sold because of damage to packaging (although quality remains intact) to charity organizations in Canada and the US through a local NPO, FoodMesh. In addition to providing disadvantaged regions with supplies, this activity lowers disposal costs and helps protect the environment by limiting the carbon footprint associated with waste disposal.
Otsuka Pharma (Germany) donates Christmas presents every year to children in Eastern Europe through the Stiftung Kinderzukunft charity organization.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization provide supplies and donations to food banks as part of their efforts to support the Stop Hunger Now campaign. In 2017 employees of these two companies packed more than 10,000 nutritious meals into bags and sent them off to disadvantaged regions.
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