With a licence from the GHQ, Takeda converted the bombed-out ruins of a naval arsenal in Hikari, Yamaguchi Prefecture, into a factory. This marked the first private use of publicly owned land after the war. It became Takeda's second main plant, following the Osaka Plant, and primarily manufactured vaccines, which were acutely needed by society at the time.
In May, Takeda opened its stock and became a publicly traded company.
Takeda produced Panvitan® which was Japan's first multivittamin.
Takeda and American Cyanamid Company (ACC) each provided half of the capital to establish Lederle (Japan) (now Wyeth K.K.). This was the first pharmaceutical joint venture in Japan after the war. Lederle (Japan) manufactured the antibiotic Aureomycin, which Takeda marketed.
Takeda successfully developed and began sales of the vitamin B1 derivative Alinamin®, a prodrug that increased absorption of vitamin B1. Around the same time, the Company also started supplying vitamins for food enrichment to ease the malnutrition caused by postwar food shortages.
Shoshisha dates back to 1923 when Chobei Takeda V started using his own money to support deserving students with financial needs.
The Shoshisha Foundation was established in 1960 to carry on this work.
Following the establishment of a manufacturing and marketing company in Taiwan in 1962, Takeda established manufacturing and marketing companies in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. Tianjin Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., established in 1994, became the first plant in China to be certified for Good Manufacturing Practice.
Funded with an endowment from Takeda, this foundation was established to contribute to the development of scientific technologies and culture by encouraging and supporting research in relevant fields.
The foundation has been expanding its operations steadily each year.
In 1978, Takeda established a pharmaceutical marketing joint venture in France, followed by operating bases in Germany and Italy.
Date of Preparation: March 2018