Otsuka People Talk

Product Marketing Manager
for Calorie Mate

She earned a degree in education before
joining Otsuka Pharmaceutical.
For the first five years or so, she
handled sales of nutraceutical products.
In June 2013, she was promoted to
product marketing manager for Calorie
Mate, becoming the youngest person
and the first woman to hold this position
at Otsuka Pharmaceutical.

In collaboration with NHK Enterprises, Inc.

December 2013

Stubborn about things I believe in

When it comes to things I feel confident about, I don’t worry about what other people think. At the same time however, I realize there is a lot to learn from others every day, and I am always open to improving myself. My previous bosses often told me that I am very stubborn. In fact, on several occasions we had quite a strong difference of opinion and neither of us would budge.

I often disagreed with my boss, and would say so openly. But he encouraged this. Rather than expecting me to just do what I’m told because I have no experience, he insisted that I voice my amateur opinions because they could generate new ideas. Due to this environment, there were times that I became really forward with my opinions. That boss still cares about me, even after my transfer, and I appreciate that.

It’s different when I’m not at work. I’m not so stubborn in my personal life.

Started with an interest in nutrition

In junior and senior high school, I was a high jumper on the track and field team. Although I jumped well in junior high, in senior high I went through a growth spurt. At that time, I was convinced that my poor performance in competitions was due to weight gain. So I went on a crash diet and became ill. That was one reason that I became interested in nutrition. The other reason also came when I was in high school. I went to a nutrition seminar given by a university. Otsuka Pharmaceutical was providing information about POCARI SWEAT and Calorie Mate, and it seemed like an interesting company to me. I was really quite surprised to learn that these products have their roots in the medical field. After that, I clearly remember talking to a teammate about how it would be fun to work for a company like Otsuka Pharmaceutical. However, I had no idea I would end up where I am today.

Initially clients called her the “Otsuka girl”

For the first five years after joining the company, I did sales in Hokkaido. At first I found it very frustrating because customers did not seem to have any confidence in me, maybe because saleswomen were unusual there, and they called me the “Otsuka girl.” It made me determined to make customers remember my actual name. I wanted to be recognized not as a man or a woman, but as a human being.


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