Otsuka People Talk

Headquarters of Clinical Development Office of Project Management

An interview with a mom who went to work in America with a two-year-old child, had another child, and has now returned to Japan.

June 2017

Meaningful work that benefits society

I currently manage the schedules and budgets of clinical trials. My workday starts at 8.30am and ends at 5pm; these are family working hours, unlike normal working hours which are from 9am to 5.30pm.
When job-hunting I knew that I wanted to do something that would benefit both society and the company that I worked for. At that time, many of the Otsuka employees who I spoke to talked about the freedom the company gives you, and how employees were given the chance to try new things. These points helped me decide that this was the company for me.

Working in America with a two-year-old child

My child was two when I was given the opportunity to work at an American subsidiary. As a female employee with a young child, I was surprised to be offered this chance to work abroad, but was encouraged by my colleagues to consider taking it if I thought I could. This experience confirmed for me that the company does indeed offer opportunities equally. Before entering Otsuka I’d attended graduate school in America, and had always wanted to try working outside of Japan, so I was delighted to accept the offer and head back to the States.

I think that it’s difficult to be a working parent, no matter where you are living. Having said that, America makes more provisions for working moms compared to Japan; for example, each office had a nursing room. Also, most people commute by car, so it is easier to drop off and pick up children from nursery than it is in Japan, where you have to deal with crowded trains.
Around half of the people in the group I work in are women. It’s a comfortable environment to work in because there is a good level of understanding of the needs of working moms, and everyone's differing working styles.

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