Health is borderless.
Busaburo Otsuka, the son of a Tokushima farmer,
broke with family tradition
and launched his own company.
He became a supplier of
chemicals from the sea,
to various industries.
his son Masahito had turned
the business into an IV solution company;
distributing products to
In 1971, Akihiko, the 3rd generation
in the family business,
decided to create original therapeutic drugs,
and established Otsuka's first institute
of drug development.
Its motto affirmed the
dedication of all
to our bold mission:
Otsuka-people creating new products
for better health worldwide.
In the 1970s,
as globalization was advancing rapidly,
major pharmaceutical companies
focused on the Western world.
opened its door to Asian
neighbors in need of IV solutions.
China was hit by the Tangshan earthquake.
The need for high quality IV
solutions was overwhelming,
prompting officials to visit
Otsuka and ask for assistance.
the first Chinese joint venture with
a foreign pharmaceutical partner was established
in 1981-a symbol of hope for
a new understanding between nations.
building on their experience with IV solutions,
Otsuka launched in Japan
an ion supply drink, POCARI SWEAT.
POCARI SWEAT quickly replenishes
fluid lost through dehydration,
and soon became popular as a first aid drink
in many parts of Asia affected by the heat.
In this way, by answering everyday needs
Otsuka's products found their way across
the Asian and Arab regions.
Otsuka's dream was realized when,
after years of dedicated research,
its first two original drugs became available in Asia.
But the desire for
a healthy life knows no borders.
To create first-in-class products
for patients worldwide,
we opened research centers
in Frankfurt, Germany, and on the US East coast,
the first Japanese pharmaceutical
to open such a center in the US.
Fusing our research and creativity
with an international perspective,
we achieved our aspiration for a world with better health.
This marked the true
beginning of our globalization.
During the 2000s,
our antipsychotic drug was introduced
and has become widely used around the world.
And in 2014, two original drugs were approved.
Thirty years of effort have led to
the creation of the first drug approved
in European countries to combat
While global cooperation among researchers,
doctors and patients has resulted
in approval in Japan of the first drug treatment
for Polycystic Kidney Disease,
an inherited disorder.
Health is borderless,
and health is timeless.
Otsuka is creating today
the solutions of tomorrow.
Soybeans are nutritious
and gentle on the ecosystem and people's health.
That's why we developed "Soylution",
delicious soy products for people around
the world to enjoy.
Good health is a universal wish,
shared by all countries and cultures.
With respect and free of prejudice,
we choose untrodden paths towards
making this wish come true.
Today, our healthcare
products are found in over 80 countries.