Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

August 26, 2022

Otsuka Subsidiaries Become Official Supporters of ASEAN Football Federation Championship
Contributing to Safe Tournament Management and Optimum Conditioning for Players and Staf

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka) has announced participation of ASEAN subsidiaries as official supporters of the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup (ASEAN Football Federation Championship), the premier sports event in the ASEAN region. Otsuka ASEAN subsidiaries have signed on to support the international championship tournament in 2022 and 2024.

Held every two years, the championship tournament is contested by national teams affiliated with the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF). As the level of play continues to improve, the popularity of football is growing significantly, and the tournament to determine the top ASEAN team has become a strong focus of interest throughout the region. As official supporters, ASEAN subsidiaries handling POCARI SWEAT will provide products and health-related information to contribute to safe tournament management and optimum conditioning for players and staff.

Mikio Bando, managing director of Otsuka Emerging Countries and OIAA* Division, commented: "Aiming to contribute to public health and encourage participation in sports in Asian and Middle Eastern regions, we have organized POCARI SWEAT running events and other programs. With support for this tournament as the starting point, we hope to contribute to solutions for health-related issues for ever-increasing numbers of people through football-related activities."

AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022(ASEAN Football Federation Championship 2022)


December 2022 - (provisional)

Participating Countries 11 countries (Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei)


POCARI SWEAT was launched in 1980 as a health beverage to replenish water and electrolytes (ions) lost through perspiration. Overseas distribution was launched in 1982, and today POCARI SWEAT, a global brand originating in Japan, is available in more than 20 countries and regions. Seeking to provide evidence on the efficacy of ion supply beverages, the Otsuka Saga Nutraceuticals Research Institute has been engaged in wide-ranging research for more than 30 years, investigating ion and fluid replenishment in various situations, including during sports activities, dry interior environments, after a hot bath and other daily scenarios. Based on this scientific evidence, Otsuka is engaged in public health awareness campaigns and provides health-related information in keeping with local culture and customs in international markets.

Based on the corporate philosophy of 'Otsuka - people creating new products for better health worldwide,' Otsuka Pharmaceutical continues to contribute to the health and well being of people around the world.

  • *OIAA:Otsuka International Asia Arab Division