Society > Together with the Local Community Contributions to Medical Care and Welfare

As a life sciences company, in addition to our business activities, we are working to help resolve issues in the areas of medical treatment and welfare, such as access to healthcare in a variety of forms.

Support for Patients with Intractable Diseases and their Families

The Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Tenohira Partner Program

The Company believes in the importance of developing new drugs for intractable diseases and providing support for patients with diseases and their families. Accordingly, in 2012 we established the Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Tenohira Partner Program. This program provides aid for the activities of associations and support groups for patients with intractable diseases. These organizations work to improve patients' medical treatment, education, and career prospects and to enhance their quality of life. In fiscal 2019, we provided aid to 19 of these organizations.

At meetings held on October 3, 2019 (Head Office) and October 7, 2019 (Tokyo Head Office) to report on the fiscal 2018 activities of organizations receiving assistance under the Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Tenohira Partner Program (16 organizations), participants engaged in a lively exchange of views about challenges and solutions for all parties. The daily lives of patients and their families are irreplaceable and should not simply be spent fighting disease. The Tenohira Partner Program strives to support people fighting disease, to assist them in finding more joy and satisfaction in their lives, and to help them realize their dreams and hopes for the future. On that basis, we will continue to offer support. In fiscal 2020, we will provide aid to 15 groups that support people fighting diseases.

Meeting to report on support operations (Head Office)
Free discussion (Tokyo Head Office)

For details about grant recipients and other information, please see the Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Tenohira Partner Program website (Japanese only)

Support for ALS Patients and their Families (US)

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America (MTPA) co-sponsors and participates in various charity walking events to raise awareness and recognition of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In fiscal 2019, we co-sponsored more than 175 walking events and participated in more than 100 of them. The number of walking events that we participated in has more than doubled compared to fiscal 2018.
MTPA cooperates with The ALS Association to raise awareness of ALS, and support ALS patients and their families/caregivers and provides various financial support {support for ALS educational symposia (diagnosis and management of ALS), caregivers' programs,, support for healthcare professionals and healthcare services}.
In fiscal 2019, we launched “ALSO US™,” a new program for teens and young adults impacted by ALS to widely share their experiences through art including videos, paintings, and poetry (https: //www.alsousart.com/). Five participants contributed to ALS awareness by engaging with art under this program and displaying their work at ALS patient group events.

Through these efforts, MTPA will continue to support patients and their families in the fight against intractable diseases.

Charity walking event
Charity walking event

Participation in Commemorative Event of “World Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) Patient Day” (South Korea)

On June 19, 2019, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Korea (MTPK) participated in the “World Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) Patient Day” commemorative event together with patients, their families, visitors, and volunteers. By participating in the event, we reconfirmed the actual status of patients with Lou Gehrig's disease and the need to improve welfare policies. We also held an “Ice Bucket Challenge” as a donation campaign for Lou Gehrig's disease with MTPK volunteers and spent time feeling a sense of unity with with patients that we do not experience in our ordinary business activities.

*Called Lou Gehrig's disease because it afflicted Lou Gehrig, an American professional baseball player. It is also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The Ice Bucket Challenge (MTPK Sales & Marketing Division volunteers)
The Ice Bucket Challenge (MTPK Sales & Marketing Division volunteers)

Activities to Support Children Fighting Disease

The Company conducts activities to support children and their families in their fight against disease through NPO and NGO support.

Participating in the "Osaka Great Santa Run"

Since 2014, the Company has supported the Osaka Great Santa Run, a charity event for children who are fighting disease.
At the event held on December 8, 2019, 14 employees and their families participated as volunteers and runners. After running about five kilometers the volunteers quickly changed into Santa Claus costumes and happily began handing out drinks. In total, they handed out about 3,800 Aspara drinks, a Company product, to participants.

*The Osaka Great Santa Run is a charity event in which certain participants wear Santa Claus costumes, run around Osaka Castle Park with big smiles on their face, and distribute Christmas presents to children who are fighting disease with the aid of a portion of the participation fee. The Christmas presents were delivered to children in hospitals, principally in Osaka Prefecture.

Together with volunteers
Together with volunteers
Presents were given to each person
Presents were given to each person

Supporting TSURUMI Children's Hospice with a Marathon

TSURUMI Children's Hospice (TCH), located in Tsurumi-ku, Osaka, is Japan's first community hospice for children created in harmony with the ideals of the "Helen & Douglas House" in the UK, the world's first children's hospice. Six employees were internally recruited and selected to participate as charity runners for TCH in the Osaka Marathon held on December 1, 2019. On the day of the marathon, everyone finished the race with the encouragement of the volunteer cheerleading squad. All funds donated by employees in support of the charity runners' wish to help sick children were given to TCH. As charity runners, we will continue to support TCH's activities in fiscal 2020.

Cheering on the runners with handmade support flags
Cheering on the runners with handmade support flags
Giving high-fives with a smile
Giving high-fives with a smile

Helping Spread Public Awareness of the Children's Hospice and Child Palliative Care

The NPO Yokohama Children's Hospice Project is a group that spreads public awareness of the children's hospice to support children with life-threatening disease and their families. We are working to open the Yokohama Children's Hospice in 2021 while also conducting public awareness activities for the palliative care of children.

Twenty employees participated as volunteer staff in the NPO Yokohama Children's Hospice Project event held on November 23, 2019 and February 11, 2020. We have been participating in this project as event management volunteers since 2018. Participation in the event was a good opportunity to understand the importance of supporting children with serious disease and their families.

Comments from the Executive Office of the Yokohama Children's Hospice Project

Every time we hold a symposium or other event, we encounter new people and make new connections, and our organization's activities have made great strides. Above all, everyone who has been our constant supporter is our motivating force. We hope you will continue to follow our progress and support us in our future activities.

Together with volunteers
Together with volunteers

On May 11, 2019, we participated in the “Tokyo Yamathon,”* a fundraising event that donates the full participation fee to the NPO Yokohama Children's Hospice Project. On that day, in addition to employee participation in the event, we handed out 1,000 Aspara drinks, a Company product, to the runners.
Through various initiatives, we will continue to support this organization in fiscal 2020.

*Yamathon is a fundraising challenge in which you walk to all 29 stations on the JR Yamanote Line within 12 hours with a team of 3 or 4 people.

Together with employees participating in Yamathon
Together with employees participating in Yamathon

Support for the Palliative Care of Children in Developing Countries (Indonesia)

In the suburbs of Jakarta, there are children who suffer from serious diseases in areas where medical care is unavailable. In fiscal 2019, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Indonesia's (MTID) employees and companies have given matching donations in the hope that all children will be equally provided with palliative care services and it will donate 10 million rupiahs (about 70,000 yen) and our anesthetics to NGO Rachel House*, a pioneer in palliative care in Indonesia. Employees also provide support as volunteers when children go to palliative care clinics to receive medical services. MTID will continue to support children fighting serious terminal illness.

*Rachel House provides free specialized medical care (home-palliative care) to children suffering from serious illness in areas left behind by society. It also educates healthcare professionals and the community on palliative care skills and knowledge, and provides care to those in need.

Presentation ceremony
Presentation ceremony

Participating in the Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge

On Aug 10, 2019, a total of 14 Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Europe (MTPE) employees (Team Name: Mit5upeakers) participated in the Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge, a charity event held in the Lake District area of Cumbria, England.

With a mixture of Sponsorships and Bake sale proceeds from colleagues within MTPE and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Group, friends and family, we are extremely pleased to confirm our fundraising has reached beyond our target over 5000 pounds (approximately 650,000 yen).

By participating in this event, we were able to donate the collected funds to the International Children's Charity (UNICEF).

On the day of the event, the weather forecast for the Lake District was heavy rain, thunderstorms, very strong winds, and with low visibility. We were advised that there was a risk that due to these weather conditions and to ensure our safety we may not be able to do the 5 Peaks Challenge, as planned. This did become the reality and we sadly did not complete the 5 Peaks Challenge. We instead embarked on a different, yet still challenging 24km hike at a lower level in the heavy downpour. With our bright orange Mit5upeakers Team T-shirts, our spirits remained high and great teamwork, conversation, banter and tasty snacks ensured we all completed this, happy, safely and with no injuries.

The Challenge has brought us closer as colleagues and made us stronger as a team. We hope to continue this tradition of challenges every year at MTPE.

*In the U.K., donations to charity organizations are almost always solicited at sporting events such as the London Marathon. There are also events where donating to a charity organization will gain you the right to participate.

Taking a 24-kilometer hike
Taking a 24-kilometer hike
Team Mit5upeakers
Team Mit5upeakers

Donating Over-the-Counter Medicines to Children's Land

On June 3, 2019, as a part of our corporate citizenship activities, we donated OTC medicines and other items to Kodomo-no-kuni (Children's Land) in Yokohama City. Kodomo-no-kuni is a natural amusement park that utilizes a thickly wooded area of approximately 100 hectares in the Tama Hills area of Yokohama City. It was opened in 1965 in commemoration of the marriage of His Imperial Highness (now Emperor Emeritus) in 1959. Since 1971, for 48 consecutive years, the Company has contributed OTC products and made other contributions to Kodomo-no-kuni.

On the day of the presentation ceremony, Deputy Park Director Suzuki expressed his appreciation by saying, “The park is a place where children playing freely in a natural environment. As a result, many children get injured while playing, so the medicines that you donated are very useful.”

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary, the Company donated a setting for commemorative photographs that features the home of Kodomo-no-kuni bird characters Juru and Chichi, and visitors are enjoying this setting.

Donation of OTC drugs
Donation of OTC drugs
“Juru & Chichi's House,” donated by our company, has become a popular photo spot
“Juru & Chichi's House,” donated by our company, has become a popular photo spot

Blood Donation

According to the Japanese Red Cross, about 3,000 patients in Japan receive blood transfusions each day. Because the blood that is used cannot be artificially produced or stored for long periods of time, in order to secure the blood that is needed for transfusions, there is said to be a need for approximately 13,000 people to donate blood each day.
Blood is important to save the precious lives of patients who need blood transfusions due to a disease or accident. At the Head Office and other sites, the Group actively cooperates in the blood donation activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Overseas, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Indonesia's Bandung Plant is participating in quarterly blood donations in cooperation with the Indonesian Red Cross Society. In fiscal 2019, more than 530 employees cooperated in the donation of blood in Japan and overseas.

Blood donation at the Yoshitomi Site
Blood donation at the Yoshitomi Site
Donating blood at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Indonesia
Donating blood at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Indonesia

Contributing to Developing Countries

Participation in the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund)

The Global Health Innovation Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) was established as Japan's first public-private partnership to discover new drugs for infectious diseases that affect people in the developing world, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases. We endorse the GHIT Funds objective of contributing global health, and following the provision of financial support for the GHIT Fund first phase activities (fiscal 2013 - fiscal 2017), the Company is also providing financial support to the GHIT Fund for second phase activities (fiscal 2018 - fiscal 2022). Through the GHIT Fund, the Company provided its pharmaceutical compound library to research institutions to conduct joint research on drug exploration for malaria and neglected tropical diseases.
Moving forward, we will continue working to contribute to the health of people around the world, including contributions to the treatment of infectious diseases in the developing world.

TABLE FOR TWO (TFT)

TFT is a social contribution activity that originated in Japan. It is aimed at simultaneously resolving the problems of hunger in developing countries and the problems of obesity and lifestyle-related diseases in industrially developed countries. At the employee cafeterias, when employees eat low-calorie meals that help prevent obesity, through TABLE FOR TWO International, 20 yen of the price is allocated to the cost of school meals in developing countries, such as countries in Africa. Twenty yen is the amount of money needed to provide one meal in a developing country.

In 2014, we introduced the TFT Program at the employee cafeterias at the Head Office and Kashima Site. Also, at worksites, we have installed TFT vending machines, and a portion of the sales of drinks purchased from these machines is used to provide meals for children in developing countries. Employees have given high evaluations to this initiative, in which they can readily participate and which enables children in developing countries and employees to improve their health at the same time. In fiscal 2019, 300,016 yen was donated, and the cumulative total donated since the start of the activity reached 950,000 yen. The school meals that are provided through donations are expected not only to help resolve hunger among children but also to increase school attendance rates and grades, lead to gains in the children's fundamental strength, and help prevent disease. In this way, these meals are playing an important role in helping to eliminate poverty. Moving forward, we will continue this initiative to help resolve hunger and poverty among children in developing countries.

*TFT https://www.tablefor2.org/

TFT framework

FY2019 meals contributed through participation in the TABLE FOR TWO program (Converted at 20 yen per meal)

Contributions from the TFT menu Contributions from TFT vending machines Total
104,520yen
(5,226 meals)
195,496yen
(9,775 meals)
300,016yen
(15,001 meals)
Healthy TFT menu
Healthy TFT menu
Support also provided by TFT vending machines
Support also provided by TFT vending machines
TFT Osaka Meeting Held

On July 8, 2019, representatives from companies, organizations, and schools supporting TFT activities held a meeting on the TFT activities of each organization in the third-floor meeting room of the Head Office. At the meeting, as a panelist, the Company reported on the “Charity Walking Event” conducted as part of its health and productivity management measures, as well as its initiative at the Kashima Site's employee cafeteria. At the event, each department formed a team and the number of steps walked during the event were counted by a wearable device and converted into a monetary amount and donated to TFT (one of the three organizations to receive donations). Everyone who participated took interest in knowing that the amount of energy they consumed would support starving children.

Reporting session
Reporting session
Reporting by panelists
Reporting by panelists

Participating in Vaccine Support Activities

The Group has been participating in vaccine support activities for children in developing countries since 2014. Through this program, unneeded books, CDs, and DVDs are donated and the proceeds from their sale are donated to Authorized NPO Japan Committee Vaccines for the World's Children. Through this international contribution activity, those donations are used to deliver vaccines to children in developing countries, such as vaccines for six major infectious diseases. The price of polio vaccine is only 20 yen per person. One book that is sitting on a shelf can protect two children from polio.
In fiscal 2019, a total of 187,222 yen, equivalent to polio vaccines for 9,361 children, was raised from employee donations and matching gifts from the Company. Since the start of these activities, total donations were about 1.4 million yen, equivalent to about 70,000 polio vaccines. As part of our support for access to healthcare, we will continue these activities as we aim for a future in which children in developing countries live healthy and happy lives.

Fiscal 2019 contributions resulting from participation in vaccine support activities for children in developing countries

FY2019 Amount of contributions Polio vaccine (estimate)
Employees 93,611 yen 4,681 doses
Company matching 93,611 yen 4,681doses
Total 187,222 yen 9,361doses
Participation in vaccine support activities
Participation in vaccine support activities
MTPC Group poster encouraging employee support
MTPC Group poster encouraging employee support

Donating Medicines to Developing Countries

The Company is contributing to the health of patients in developing countries where medical care is unavailable by donating its products to overseas medical volunteer organizations operating in Africa (Kenya).

Collecting PET Bottle Caps

At each worksite, we are collecting PET bottle caps as one aspect of in-house eco-activities. The funds generated by selling the collected caps are used for administration expenses at social welfare facilities and for vaccines for children in developing countries.

Sales of Fresh-Baked Bread by Welfare Services Facility for People with Disabilities

Every month, the Kashima Site, and once every two months, the Head Office and Tokyo Head Office, have been supporting direct sales of fresh-baked bread and cookies that are made at a welfare services facility for people with disabilities. The hand-made, fresh-baked bread has been well received among employees. In addition, from the welfare services facility, we have received comments indicating how everyone looks forward to receiving direct feedback from customers. In the future, we will continue to support the activities of people with disabilities through purchasing support.

I am looking forward to the day of the bake sale (Kashima Site)
I am looking forward to the day of the bake sale (Kashima Site)