Sozosei (Sō-zō-say): Creativity

A catalyst for ideas that nurture
creative solutions for healthier communities.

The Sozosei Foundation was established in 2019 as a philanthropic arm of Otsuka. The name Sozosei means “creativity” in Japanese. Our Japanese heritage is manifest in the Foundation’s fundamental values and day-to-day operations. We are guided by a spirit of “Jissho,” or “proof through execution,” as we employ our unique assets and skills to contribute to the well-being of people with mental illness, families, providers, and each other. Thanks to Otsuka, we are able to fuse a profound understanding of the healthcare landscape with an equally profound sense of corporate social responsibility to advance our goal of building healthier communities.

The Foundation’s primary focus is to eliminate the use of jail and prisons for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. In addition to our primary focus on the decriminalization of mental illness, the Sozosei Foundation also supports efforts to build resilient, healthy, and vibrant communities in Stockton, California; City of Baltimore, Maryland; and Camden, Newark, Patterson, and Trenton, New Jersey, and engages in disaster relief and recovery in places where Otsuka has a presence globally. 

Our Philosophy Focuses Us

Three principles shape the ethos of our philanthropy. To ensure that our giving is meaningful and effective, initiatives must live up to these principles:

1. Community-driven, using a racial equity lens to ensure programs and policies are developed by and for the people they seek to support;

2. Original, taking an innovative and data-driven approach toward problem solving; and


3. Sustainable, cultivating the circumstances and motivation necessary for long-term, self-supported success.



4th Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness

April 16 – 17, 2024