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AstraZeneca in Japan

Throughout the world, we’re proud to have created inspirational work environments that are full of world-class talent and opportunities for collaboration and innovation. In Japan, you can make a difference with the power of science and discover what you can do.

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At AstraZeneca Japan, we have Commercial, R&D and Operations across the country. Our business focuses mainly on Oncology, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Gastrointestinal, and Respiratory. Together, we’re passionate about improving lives for the whole of Japan, and beyond.

Here, we specialise in automated translation systems using state-of-the-art AI translation engines in the field of bilingual data. It’s important work that sees us positively challenged every day. The development of a highly accurate automatic translation system specifically for the pharmaceutical field makes it possible to streamline translation work and submit new drugs and drug applications more quickly.

Did you know? We received the coveted British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ’s) 2018 Company of the Year trophy for bringing seven innovative treatments to the Japanese market in a single year.

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Osaka is our head office and is a calm environment where colleagues like you can focus on projects and collaborate effectively in eco-friendly spaces designed to get the best out of your work.

The patient-first attitude that runs through our entire global company is particularly prominent here. There’s a passionate dedication that leads the work we do in Osaka and is driven by our concentration on health and the future of medicine. And, with such dedication flowing through our office, it helps that there are fantastic views to fuel our innovative thinking.


Our Tokyo branch office is in Marunouchi and is the centre of the business district. It’s a convenient location adjacent to the largest station in Japan. Along with the perks of being located in one of Tokyo’s most innovative areas, the office also offers many other benefits for our colleagues. With massage rooms and relaxation areas, this is a haven for employees looking to take some time for themselves before sharing great ideas in a meeting or developing business strategies in a fast-paced discussion.

What we offer

Wherever you find yourself working in Japan, we appreciate the importance of recognising individual needs and supporting work-life balance. Appropriate personnel systems and schemes are continually refined and enhanced to ensure we’re giving our people the best choices we possibly can.

Life in balance

We believe in the energy that happy and healthy employees bring to our business. That’s why we have a range of initiatives designed to help meet the increasingly flexible demands of the modern world. This includes generous maternity and parental leave.

Your development

Whether you’re driven by deeper studies in a certain field or wish to broaden your competency in different areas, we encourage self-improvement through a challenging working and learning environment. Here, you’ll follow your own career path and be entitled to apply for any vacancies locally and globally at AstraZeneca after a year’s service. We want you to grow personally as well as professionally. There are location specific workplace groups, both work related and socially, where you can connect with other people in Japan to share knowledge and stretch your skills. We also help new graduates settle in with a freshman follow up programme.

Inclusion and diversity

Here, everyone is different, that’s our strength. We celebrate and promote inclusion and diversity (I&D) in everything we do. We run a number of I&D initiatives and seminars which are open to all employees. We also have an employee resource group “Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI)” launched in 2014. Since then, we have offered projects aimed at finding self-help solutions and gaining confidence in demonstrating leadership, and leadership/career development related seminars. It is run by volunteer employees and everyone is welcome to join events or join as a committee member.

Flexible benefits

Reaching your full potential inside and outside of work is all about striking a balance. That’s why our flexible and comprehensive benefits package exists – with flexible work arrangements and a range of benefits to suit you. As well as a great work-life balance, you’ll enjoy working with the most cutting-edge technologies, great on-site amenities and all the support and encouragement you need to succeed.

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  • Location 1

    Osaka, Japan

  • Location 2

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Location 3

    Maihara, Japan

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Great culture, great work assignments, supportive management. Rotation opportunity within the company. They value inclusion and diversity.