November 2, 2017
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Tokushima Wajiki Factory Receives
2017 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for Excellent Greening, a First for the Shikoku Region
- An exceptionally high 63% of the 109,738m2 Tokushima Wajiki Factory site is dedicated to green space
- Based on the concept of a factory park in harmony with its natural environment and local community, the Tokushima Wajiki Factory is engaged in a variety of proactive environmental preservation initiatives
- Factors influencing the granting of the award included a factory site open to the public, ongoing planting of native species of oak trees, and environmental education programs for elementary students
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. has been awarded the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for Excellent Greening at the 36th National Green Factory Promotion Competition, sponsored by the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center. Presented on November 1, 2017, the award is a first for the Shikoku region. The award is presented in recognition of notable results from efforts to enhance the environment in and around manufacturing sites, with the aim of promoting green space and harmony with the local environment.
Otsuka's Tokushima Wajiki Factory was praised for its exceptionally high ratio of green space and for factory grounds that were designed to be open to the public, without any fences or walls. The facility was also recognized for environmental conservation initiatives such as planting of native species of oak trees and active involvement in environmental education for local elementary school students.
In addition to activities to promote greening and preserve and enhance the environment, Otsuka Pharmaceutical will continue efforts to coexist with nature and implement initiatives for greening and biodiversity at its manufacturing facilities.
Based on our corporate philosophy of 'Otsuka - people creating new products for better health worldwide,' Otsuka Pharmaceutical is dedicated to the development of innovative products that contribute to the health of people worldwide.
Tokushima Wajiki Factory
The Otsuka Pharmaceutical Tokushima Wajiki Factory is located in the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture, near the clear-flowing Nakagawa River. Created as a factory park in harmony with its natural environment and local community, 63 percent of the 109,738 square meter factory site is green space and the factory is engaged in a variety of proactive environmental preservation initiatives. Interaction with the local community includes hosting factory tours and organization of outdoor concerts on the grounds. The factory park concept is also embodied in plantings of beautiful weeping cherries and other trees and greenery.
As part of efforts to minimize the environmental impact, the grounds are tended by hand with minimal use of herbicides or other agricultural chemicals. Employee awareness is enhanced by activities to maintain and manage stands of broadleaf trees such as oaks, which are native to the area. The factory is actively involved in community action programs with the aim of environmental preservation, such as tree planting in the NakaNaka Forest area of Naka-cho Sakura Park, which is used as an environmental education site for elementary school students.
Located in an area known for many scenic spots including the rugged gorge carved by the swift-flowing Wajiki Line, the Tokushima Wajiki Factory has adopted numerous environmentally responsible practices such as boosting the recycling rate for waste plastic and maintaining zero-emissions status.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Tokushima Wajiki Factory
Information in this news release was current as of the original release date.