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About OtsukaTimeline of Otsuka's History
1974~1983

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1974

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Headquarters built in Tokyo

At the completion of the new office building, then president Masahito Otsuka delivered this message to employees: “Our mission is to ensure that the Otsuka Group prospers for decades to come and will continue to help enable better lives, not just for employees and their families, but also for the broader society. This new building has not been constructed only in Kanda; it has been built in the hearts of many people. Please do not forget this.”

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P.T. Otsuka Indonesia established

Taiwan Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., established

First office in Europe opened in Italy

1976

Corp

Akihiko Otsuka appointed president

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Otsuka Assay Laboratories established

1977

Corp

Osaka Headquarters building inaugurated

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Arab Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., S.A.E. established in Egypt

Immunoresearch Laboratories (now JIMRO Co., Ltd.) opened

1979

Ph

HINEX-R launched

HINEX-R, the original inspiration for balanced nutritional products, is a concentrated liquid nutrition product used in medical settings

1980

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Mikelan and Meptin launched

"Michelin" is a β blocking cardiac agent and "meptin" is a bronchodilator

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POCARI SWEAT launched

1981

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First overseas expansion for Mikelan and Meptin

China Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. established

Otsuka was the first Japanese Pharmaceutical company to enter China, through a joint venture, after economic reforms began in 1978.

1982

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical declared two main business areas

Then president Akihiko Otsuka declared the establishment of Otsuka's Pharmaceutical business to help the ill recover good health, and the nutraceutical business to sustain the wellbeing of the healthy.

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JE-IL Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (now Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.) established in South Korea

Frankfurt Research Institute opened in Germany

Frankfurt Research Institute was established as an R&D base in Europe

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POCARI SWEAT launched in Hong Kong and Taiwan

1983

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Biwako Research Institute (now Fujii Memorial Research Institute) established

Hi-Z Tower opened in Tokushima

Expansion of pharmaceutical R&D division

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Calorie Mate launched