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Our Past Drives Our Future: Our passion and pursuit of life-transforming treatments are deeply rooted in our history in Japan since 1781

Our history shapes us as individuals. It enables us to understand the complexity of our world and provides us with a sense of identity. Events of the past influence who we are today.

The same can be said about Takeda. Our history, dating back to 1781 in Osaka, Japan, tells the story of who we are and what we believe in. The values and characteristics that inspired us then are foundational to our corporate philosophy and still guide us to this day.

Our passion and pursuit of life-transforming treatments for patients are deeply rooted in our distinguished history in Japan since 1781. Our headquarters in Japan is the pinnacle of our culture, and several institutions in the area pay homage to this history and continue to share our story.

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Takeda Historical Museum
Kobe, Japan

The Takeda Historical Museum in Kobe, Japan preserves the legacy of the Takeda family. Built in 1932 by Chobei VI as a family home, the house was bought from the family by Takeda in 1981 and underwent a renovation in 2007 to become the Takeda History Museum.

Today, the museum is available to employees, illuminating the values which have been cherished by successive leaders. As a visitor, you may learn:

  • Takeda was founded by Chobei I in 1781, who 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.
  • Into the 19th century, Takeda expanded under the leadership of Chobei I and his successors. Successive leaders inherited the name Chobei, until Chobei VI.
  • As a merchant, Chobei I was noted for his business motto “Sanpo Yoshi Philosophy,” which posited “There should be benefits on all three sides: Benefits for the buyer, Benefits for the seller and Benefits for society.‘ This same spirit drives the principles of modern Takeda.
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Takeda Garden for Medicinal Plant Conservation
Kyoto, Japan

Did you know that botanical gardens have played an integral part in the development of new medicines throughout history? The Takeda Garden for Medical Plant Conservation, Kyoto has played this very role since its opening in 1933.

Since its establishment, the garden has served as part of the Takeda Research Institute, conducting research for the development of new medicines derived from natural products and for the breeding of medicinal plants. Over time, it has been transformed into a facility that seeks to maintain a sustainable society by preserving important medicinal plant resources, while inheriting years of plant cultivation techniques from research facilities.

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The garden is home to 3,200 species of plants (including endangered species) to provide scientists with the opportunity to study a multitude of medicinal plants to make developmental discoveries.

Visitors to the garden are encouraged to enjoy the park using all five senses to experience the aromas and tastes of live medicinal plants. As you walk around, you’ll experience a “living history of Takeda” in the plants and discoveries core to our history.

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Kyo-U Library
Osaka, Japan

Chobei V recognized the importance for both academia and public society of preserving herbal and medical texts of Japanese and Chinese origin. Throughout his life, Chobei V collected books and manuscripts that promoted the development of medical sciences. After his death, his personal collections were augmented in quality and quantity and passed down to Chobei VI who established the "Kyo-U Sho-Oku (Kyo-U Library)."

In 1977 and 1978, most of the collections were donated to the Takeda Science Foundation and made available to the public. The library primarily displays historical books of natural medicines. While the Kyo-U Library conserves those documents for generations to come, it also offers facilities to researchers and organizations by holding special exhibitions and research lectures every year, while reproducing some original texts of selected books.

These institutions are just a glimpse into our centuries-long past. They exemplify the sentiment of our founder — work with integrity and deal with medicine as though the patients being treated were your own children—which has become the universal value system for Takeda today.

Explore more about Takeda in Japan today and continue the legacy of careers with purpose.

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