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Our History

The sentiment of our founder - work with integrity and deal with medicine as though the patients being treated were your own children - became the universal value system for Takeda.

Takeda Foundation Day

June 2021 marks our 240th anniversary. On Founder's Day we recognize the unwavering philosophy of Takeda since 1781 - to work with integrity and always put patients first. 

In 1781, Takeda founder, Chobei I, began selling traditional Japanese and Chinese herbal medicines in Doshomachi, the medicine district of Osaka, Japan. He soon gained a reputation for business integrity and quality products and services. These values and characteristics have continued through the years and have become embedded in our uncompromising corporate philosophy, which still guides us today.