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Employees

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.

Work-Life Balance

The Otsuka group respects the diverse values and lifestyles of its employees. It endeavors to create workplace environments that allow all employees to realize their full potential while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Caregiver Support

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: seminar to help employees balance work and home care responsibilities

Otsuka group companies promote various initiatives enabling employees to remain at work while still fulfilling home care responsibilities.
The group programs include caregiver leave, shorter working hours for caregiving (for up to one year) and caregiver flextime (for up to one year). Employees who need to support or provide home care to a relative are encouraged to use these programs.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical offers caregiver leave periods that exceed statutory requirements, while Taiho Pharmaceutical is also working to enhance its programs, such as paying the social insurance premiums for employees on caregiver leave. The company encourages the use of these programs and publicizes program information on the company intranet. This includes programs available to employees with home care responsibilities and the respective program contact information. The company also holds regular seminars to raise employee awareness and understanding related to balancing work and home care responsibilities, and to provide employees with valuable information on care-giving.
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical has set up a system that allows employees to save up to 100 annual paid leave days as accumulated leave that would otherwise expire unused. This leave can be used if an employee gets sick, and also if the employee needs time off to care for a family member. Together with legally mandated nursing care leave, this system provides additional support for employees to balance their work and family responsibilities.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Taiho Pharmaceutical, EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical

Parenting Support

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Acquires Platinum Kurumin certification

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Member of “Ikuboss*” *Ikuboss means “childcare (ikuji) boss”

Otsuka group companies in Japan have been accredited with the Kurumin mark,*1 which recognizes enterprises that support raising the next generation of children by creating workplace environments that support employees with childcare responsibilities. The group offers a parenting leave system, shorter work hours for childcare reasons, and a parenting flextime work program. In addition to maternity leave as prescribed by law, a consultation service has been set up to help female employees return to work after parenting leave. Otsuka also has daycare centers inside some workplaces.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical has established support systems that go above and beyond legal requirements to provide expectant female employees with flexible work hours, and also raise awareness of childcare issues in male employee through participation in the Ikuboss Project*2. Through efforts such as these, the company is fostering a corporate culture that supports employees who are raising children.
At Taiho Pharmaceutical, systems have been established that exceed the legal requirements for shortened working hours and child sick-care leave. Furthermore, the company promotes initiatives such as allowing sales employees to drive their preschool children to and from daycare in their company vehicles. The company obtained Platinum Kurumin certification*1 from the Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in January 2017.
Otsuka Foods strives to fully support female employees by making it easier for them to balance work and childcare responsibilities. From the time the company is informed of the pregnancy to the employee’s return after parenting leave, three-way consultations are held involving the employee concerned, her boss, and human resources staff.
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical supports the health and economic welfare of employees with childrearing responsibility through measures to help pay for baby formula, babysitting expenses, and medical checkups. The aim is to promote the use of parenting leave and create a smooth return to work for employees.
 
*1 Under the Kurumin program, the Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare certifies companies that meet certain criteria, such as creation of an action plan and achievement of goals based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children. Companies that have already received Kurumin certification are eligible for Platinum Kurumin certification once they have achieved an even higher level of child-rearing support initiatives.
*2 A corporate network consisting of the NPO, Fathering Japan, and member companies. Its aim is to foster awareness in corporate managers to consider the importance of work-life balance for themselves as well as their team members, and raise awareness among other managers (Ikuboss = “childcare (ikuji) boss”).
Employees taking parenting leave
  FY2015 FY2016
  Male Female Male Female
Otsuka Pharmaceutical 0 116 5 130
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory 0 25 0 34
Taiho Pharmaceutical* 39 30 57 28
Otsuka Chemical 0 1 0 1
Otsuka Warehouse 0 5 1 2
Otsuka Foods 0 5 0 7
Total 39 182 63 202

* At Taiho Pharmaceutical, male employees are encouraged to use the program, even for short periods.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Taiho Pharmaceutical, EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical

Workplace Childcare

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: BeanStalk Kids Center TOKUSHIMA

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Sukusuku Nursery in Ibaraki Prefecture

Since 2011 within the Otsuka group, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has operated the BeanStalk Kids Centers Tokushima and Osaka, while Taiho Pharmaceutical operates the Sukusuku Nursery in Ibaraki in order to support employees requiring childcare. By establishing daycares with flexible services—such as accepting new children each month, and offering temporary and extended-hour childcare—the Otsuka group helps female employees advance their careers, and encourages male employees to more actively participate in childcare. In particular, the BeanStalk Kids Center Tokushima has been well received by parents and children. It is managed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical and offers a remarkable program that emphasizes the nurturing of creativity, and has no manufactured playground equipment. Initially, the enrollment was set at 100 children, which expanded to 150 in 2014, and is increasing to 210 children in 2017. The aim is to continue supporting the varied lifestyles of employees while also energizing the organization by attracting a diversity of employees.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Taiho Pharmaceutical

Initiatives to Prevent Long Work Hours

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As part of efforts to reduce overtime hours, Otsuka Warehouse uses its intranet to post the name and clock-out time of the last team to leave each night for each floor of the office building. The result of this effort has been higher employee awareness of their time-use productivity, reduced overtime hours in fiscal 2016 by 18% from the previous year, and an increase in the use of paid time off each year.
The problem of long working hours has worsened among drivers in the logistics sector. In 2015, Otsuka Warehouse developed and introduced a smartphone app as part of a delivery time reservation system, which has shortened excessive driving hours. Drivers now book their delivery times in advance, can unload upon arrival, and thus have reduced driver wait-times by 65%. From warehouse receiving to shipment, logistics is a relay operation involving external companies. Otsuka Warehouse will continue to implement various initiatives aimed at improving the way employees function within the supply chain.

Percentage of employees taking paid leave (including full-time plus contract employees / carryover days)
  FY2015 FY2016
Otsuka Pharmaceutical 63.8% 66.6%
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory 52.9% 53.8%
Taiho Pharmaceutical 69.5% 71.0%
Otsuka Chemical 56.6% 67.1%
Otsuka Warehouse 57.1% 61.4%
Otsuka Foods 53.5% 56.2%

 

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Development of a Delivery Time Reservation System
Toshihiro Murata Section Chief, Logistics Department
Otsuka Warehouse Co., Ltd.
 

In October 2015, I noticed a line of trucks waiting to unload at the logistics center, and knew it was an opportunity for system development. The cause of the problem was the conventional operating method. Other businesses, such as hairdressers, have improved efficiency thanks to the proliferation of smartphones. The reservation system we introduced is based on the same model. By providing visible unloading and schedule times, we created a highly efficient process for truck drivers and our warehouse. Logistics is similar to passing the baton in a relay race. Otsuka Warehouse acts as the intermediary between producers and our customers, and we will continue to promote activities that improve this dynamic relationship.

Taiho Pharmaceutical, EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical

Certification as a Health and Productivity Management Organization

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Recognition ceremony for Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization (large enterprise category: White 500) 

Otsuka Pharmaceutical believes that each and every Otsuka employee should be able to work enthusiastically and be in the best of health. The company encourages employees to take charge of their own health and has organized workplaces so as to transform them into worker-friendly environments where employees can do so. To promote the maintenance and improvement of the health of everyone, the company is further developing a better workplace environment to support, maintain and enhance health. Specifically, employees 30 and older receive free medical checkups, and employees and their families have access to health seminars and programs augmented by the company’s healthcare knowledge base. Top management issued a Health Declaration to further promote employee health improvement activities in January 2017.
In recognition of its diverse efforts to support employee health, Otsuka Pharmaceutical was recognized in February 2017 as a Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization (large enterprise category: White 500)*.

* Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Council) that identifies large corporations and small-to-medium-sized enterprises that practice a high level of health and productivity management. Five hundred companies expect to be certified by 2020.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Taiho Pharmaceutical

Employment Support for Cancer Patients

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: TOKYO WORK CIRCLE PROJECT*

As a company committed to developing treatments for several types of cancer, Taiho Pharmaceutical aims to create a workplace where employees can continue working even during treatment for cancer and other diseases. The company provides employees with the necessary assistance through the Cancer Patient Employment Support Team formed by the Human Resources Department and industrial nursing staff. Additional measures include extended leave periods for employees with cancer, and a reemployment (return to work) system. It streamlined a system for work styles that enables employees with cancer to focus on their treatment.
In February 2016, the company was recognized with an excellence award from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government under a program that recognizes companies with outstanding initiatives that help employees remain employed while undergoing cancer treatment.

* An award program of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that recognizes companies with outstanding initiatives to help employees with cancer to keep a good balance between treatment and work. Taiho Pharmaceutical received an excellence award in February 2016.
Taiho Pharmaceutical

Employee Health and Safety

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Lunchtime seminar on cancer screening

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EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Winter tires check

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Otsuka Techno: AED course

The Otsuka group offers various health programs and consultation services to promote employee health. The group companies offer health consultation by telephone for employees and their families, and distribute health newsletters. It also provides mental health counseling, stress management training, and training for managers on recognizing and managing mental health issues in employees; mental and physical health management is actively promoted. In addition, to help prevent occupational injuries, the group also focuses on various types of training for emergency situations and traffic safety.
Otsuka Holdings holds health seminars for employees and their families, which draw on knowledge gained from its business activities. The aim of these efforts is to create more supportive work environments that encourage working women to understand and monitor their health, especially to be mindful of changes in hormonal balance.
Taiho Pharmaceutical conducts educational activities for employees, such as organizing lunchtime seminars on cancer screening and distributing related booklets to all employees. The employee cafeteria of the Tokushima Plant strives to promote health awareness on a daily basis. It shares seasonal eating tips for heath improvement using tabletop sign holders. In addition, workshops on cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are regularly carried out in order to train employees in first aid emergency skills.
At Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, employee cafeterias are used to promote understanding and awareness concerning healthy diets and nutrition management. In addition to providing salad bars and nutritionally balanced meals rich in vegetables, the cafeterias also display the calorie and salt content for each item on the menu. The company has devised other ways to get more employees interested in healthy eating, such as placing information cards on cafeteria tables, outlining health facts and recommendations for balanced diets of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
The main sites of EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical are located in the cities of Hanamaki and Kitakami, in Iwate Prefecture, regions which get a lot of snow in winter. Many employees there drive to work. To ensure they can commute securely while fulfilling their responsibilities for road safety, both sites inspect employee vehicles each year before the first snowfall to ensure that winter tires have been installed. The initiative has been successful, and there were zero employee injuries from commuter traffic accidents in 2016.
The Shiga Plant of Otsuka Electronics is focusing on measures to prevent metabolic syndrome by raising employee awareness of good eating habits and recommending the office exercise program. In 2016, a speaker from Otsuka Pharmaceutical gave a health seminar on the theme of obesity, diet and exercise.
Otsuka Techno has installed AEDs in its offices and factories and provides training on their use. Since 2013, wallet-size cards with instructions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), issued by the Japan Medical Association, have been distributed to all employees with the aim of increasing emergency readiness. In addition, sports tournaments are held every spring and autumn as an employee health initiative. Training is provided for managers to help them understand employee mental health needs; 43 managers participated in fiscal 2016. As part of occupational safety, safe driving seminars are held three times a year in cooperation with police stations for employees who commute to work by car.
Otsuka Holdings, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Taiho Pharmaceutical, EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Electronics, Otsuka Techno, JIMRO

POCARI/fresh

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: POCARI/fresh

Otsuka Pharmaceutical carries out various health education and physical fitness programs aimed at raising employee health awareness, and maintaining and promoting health. The POCARI/fresh exercise program was begun in 2007. An instructor visits each office once a week and leads the employees in an invigorating eight-minute workout they perform near their desks. The theme of the workout changes each time, and can include things such as shoulder stretches and brain-stimulation exercises. Today, the program continues at the Tokyo and Osaka headquarters and in the Tokushima area, which has also led to improved business efficiency. Going forward, the company will continue to provide opportunities for employee fitness and exercise.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical

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