JPS Pursues Sustainability

Aiming to be a company that keeps expanding along with the realization of a sustainable society

JPS Pharmaceutical has kept producing Kampo medicine for over 60 years. We need to make the best use of the blessings of nature for the production of quality kampo medicine. This pursuit could lead to the notion of sustainability. Sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” This is an attempt to create a society that does not destroy the planet’s environment or use too much of its resources but can allow citizens to lead a peaceful and affluent life. JPS Pharmaceutical regards sustainability as a grand framework that contains Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has striven toward it without setting a time limit.
To realize sustainability, we have set the following five actions as key themes: Contribution to the good health of people, Contribution to local communities, Preservation of the consistency of the Earth, Promotion of diversity and inclusion, and Enhancement of employees’ satisfaction and wellbeing. We will work on these themes strategically as key issues and fulfill our corporate responsibilities.

Kikuchi Toshio, President of JPS Pharmaceutical

Contribution to the good health of people

When JPS Pharmaceutical produces kampo medicine, centrifuges are employed in the process of solid-liquid separation to split crude drugs and extract liquid. By using centrifugal force, the liquid can be taken out without squeezing the crude drugs too hard. Additionally, we take a very short time and use low temperatures to make the liquid concentrated, so that we produce bright-colored extract without losing its fragrance as if it were brewed in an earthen teapot. Besides providing such quality kampo in a stable manner, we are spreading the idea of self-prevention and self-medication and proposing lifestyles that are in harmony with nature, thereby helping people improve their health.

Integrated manufacturing in Japan

Our strength is that we can manufacture high-quality Kampo and crude drug preparations through integrated domestic manufacturing at our own factories, from the management of crude drugs to the production and packaging of extracts.

Carefully selected crude drugs

The raw materials and crude drugs for extracts, which greatly affect quality, are rigorously checked for each crude drugs, and purchased in a form as close to their original form as possible.

Commitment to water

We purify water at our own factories and always use clean water of constant quality for extract extraction. Wastewater is also purified with the help of microorganisms.

Formulating a BCP

A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a plan designed to prevent a company from going bankrupt or downsizing after the occurrence of an unforeseen event, such as a natural disaster or a pandemic of infectious diseases, ensuring that business can continue.

As a pharmaceutical company, providing a stable supply of medicinal products is one of our primary missions.
Shrinkage in business will also impact our ability to employ staff.

The company’s BCP was thus developed to protect both people and business from such emergencies.

A crude drugs warehouse in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake image

A crude drugs warehouse in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Protecting the Lives of Employees

To prevent damage from falling objects or overturned equipment, we took measures such as fixing in place all the shelves at our head office, factories and local liaison offices. We also reformulated our disaster prevention manual to ensure that appropriate action can be taken in the event of a disaster.

Plant disaster drill (August 2022) image

Plant disaster drill (August 2022)

Rebuilding on Our Own

As a company, JPS Pharmaceuticals aims to be a provider of support, rather than a recipient. In order to do that, we must maintain the ability to provide rescue, first aid, food and other care on our own. Each of our sites is thus equipped with stockpiles and rescue equipment.
The Tochigi Plant also conducts "blackout start" drills to ensure that power can be generated without an external power source in the event of a power outage.

Stockpiles at Headquarters (only a portion) image

Stockpiles at Headquarters (only a portion)

Supporting the Community

Our Tochigi Plant shares a disaster support agreement with the town of Haga and Moka City. In the event of a disaster, our facilities can be used as a free charging station.

The Tochigi Plant cogeneration system image

The Tochigi Plant cogeneration system

Our BCP will continue to be reviewed and revised on a regular basis to ensure that we are fully prepared for business continuity.

Contribution to local communities

Agreement on the supply of OTC pharmaceutical products in the event of disasters

One of our partnerships is the Agreement on the supply of over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products in the event of disasters. The agreement is part of our partnerships with Hagamachi (a town) and Moka-shi (a city) in Tochigi Prefecture, where our plant is located, to ensure the smooth provision of pharmaceuticals in case of disasters. The plant has adopted an energy supply system and has an agreement with Hagamachi to offer the use of the plant as a venue for charging mobile phones and other devices for free during disasters.

Agreement on the supply of OTC pharmaceutical products in the event of disasters image
Social Studies Field Trip for Elementary School

As part of a social studies field trip for a nearby elementary school, students visited the JPS kampo lism store. The students had the opportunity to learn about kampo medicine by holding and smelling the crude drugs and experiencing grinding with special tools "Yagen".

Social Studies Field Trip for Elementary School image
Exhibited at Sou Terrace Festa

We exhibited at a community event "Imoni Kai & Sou  Terrace Festa" held at the Municipal Archaeological Center in Yokohama. We enjoyed interacting with the local community and visitors to the event had the opportunity to learn about herbal medicine through a Yagen  experience and other crude drug displays.

Exhibited at Sou Terrace Festa image

Preservation of the consistency of the Earth

Utilization of crude drug residues

A pulpy matter made from crude drugs is generated in the production process of kampo medicine, and we offer it to farmers near the plant to use as an ingredient of fertilizers or composts. Two to four 2-ton truckloads of crude drug residues are generated a day, depending on the daily output. At present, the recycling rate of crude drug residues is 100%, but we have to keep looking for users in order to maintain their stable reuse.

Introduction of users of crude drug residues

1. Big Dream Oshima Bokujo (ranch)

Big Dream Oshima Bokujo, situated in Hagamachi, Tochigi Prefecture, raises about 60 cows. Mixing our crude drug residues with cow manure, rice husks, etc. to produce compost, the ranch uses it as a fertilizer for their grass. Milk from the cows there is very rich.
This process establishes an almost perfect recycling system from cow to manure to compost to grass.

Healthy cows raised with grass fertilized by crude drug residues

2. The Kobanawa farming family

A married couple is engaged in farming. They mainly grow rice but also produce asparagus. Although it is said that the root of an ordinary asparagus plant can last about eight years, some asparagus plants with 17-year-old roots are thriving here.

asparagus image

Fully grown asparagus

3. Employee Home Gardens

Crude drug residues is also used as fertilizer in the home gardens of our company’s employees.
Fertilizer with crude drug residues can help soil maintain good water retention and breathability, enabling vegetables to be grown with less fertilizer used overall.
The vegetables that result have deep roots and a reputation for being very delicious.
Some of the vegetables grown include tomatoes, eggplants, Chinese cabbage, radishes and rice.

Chinese cabbage image

Chinese cabbage

Eggplants image


Rice image


Wastewater treatment using microorganisms

Wastewater from the plant is collected in the wastewater treatment facility. The water is treated by aerobic bacteria, such as Pseudomonas and Bacillus, that absorb and decompose organic substances in the wastewater. In order to make these microorganisms work efficiently, we control the pH of the wastewater and the amount of organic matter flowing into the reaction tank and manage the oxygen concentration, turbidity, chromaticity and other properties. We also deploy sand filters and activated carbon adsorption towers to discharge the treated water. This effort can stop the water quality from deteriorating by preventing wastewater containing organic substances from flowing or leaking into rivers and soil.

Wastewater before purification image
Wastewater before purification

All the wastewater from the plant, such as water used for cleaning machines, wastewater from cooking or washing, and sewage, is turned into clean water before being discharged.

During purification image
During purification

A wastewater treatment facility called an aeration tank uses microorganisms to decompose and purify pollutants in wastewater. The water becomes murky temporarily during purification.

Discharged water after purification image
Discharged water after purification

In order to discharge used water, the water has to be purified through 10 processes or more and further, satisfy strict standards.

Management items cover diverse fields, including daily management items, bi-daily management items, and weekly management items, and reporting is done monthly. On top of this, we commission specialist dealers to perform management and inspections on a regular basis.

the wastewater treatment facility image

CO2 Reduction Plan

Aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association of Japan has announced a revision to its target that set “Net Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050” as its long-term vision and a “46% reduction of CO2 emissions in FY2030 from the levels of FY2013” as a Phase II Target. JPS Pharmaceutical has set its targets so as to achieve Phase II.

Tochigi Plant CO2 Emissions graph image

*from the level of FY2013

Cogeneration system image

Energy supply system
Cogeneration system

Headquarters CO2 Emissions graph image

*from the level of FY2013

Introduced electric vehicles image

Introduced electric vehicles

  • 2020:

    Achieved about 7% reduction in CO2 emissions, due to the introduction of an energy supply system at our Tochigi Plant

  • 2021:

    Implement target of 46% reduction from FY 2013 levels by FY 2030

*Both headquarters and plant figures apply only to scope 1 and scope 2 emissions

Promotion of diversity and inclusion

Enhancement of employees’ satisfaction and wellbeing

*As of January 2024

Average age (employees)  40 years old
Ratio of female employees (employees and part-timers) 49%
Ratio of female managers 8.0%
Average length of service (employees) 15 years
Ratio of recruitment of women (employees and part-timers) 58%
Ratio of female board members 22.2%