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 patients, 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. The Foundation also engages in disaster relief in places where Otsuka has a presence globally, and supports efforts to build resilient, healthy, and vibrant communities in a 50-mile radius of Otsuka's offices in the United States. To learn more about Otsuka, please visit:

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.

The Sozosei Foundation is pleased to invite you to the Second Annual Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness. December 13-15, 2021, Philadelphia, PA.