On July 26, 2017, Astellas Pharmaceuticals A.E.B.E., a pharmaceutical company specializing in the treatment of oncology, urology, infections and transplantation, opened its new offices in Marousi. The inauguration was attended by the President of Astellas Europe Middle East and Africa, Mr. Yukio Matsui, the Advisor to the Japanese Embassy in Greece, Mr. Toshio IDA, and members of SFEE (Hellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Companies) in the presence of journalists and Astellas employees.
The launch of the inauguration was marked by Astellas President and Managing Director, Mr. Harry Nardis, who welcomed Astellas guests and employees and excitedly stressed that “our new home embraces the vision and commitment of Astellas Greece in the field of health and dedicated to transforming scientific innovation into medical solutions that provide value and hope to patients around the world”. The new single space of Astellas offices was designed and built with the main aim of freedom of movement, flow and communication. Open and closed spaces are organized in distinct areas with a degree of transparency and privacy. Functionality, structural and aesthetic continuity create a new environment of collaboration and extroversion, in keeping with Astellas core corporate values.'
President Yukio Matsui highlighted that this modern workplace would make a decisive contribution to achieving the company's goals by promoting communication, transparency and extroversion. Referring to the Olympic ideals, he stressed that not only results matter but also the way, they are achieved, is important, and he expressed confidence that the new offices would make a positive contribution.
The speeches were closed by the Japanese Embassy's Counselor and Representative in Greece, Mr. Toshio Ida, expressing his conviction that this new start would strengthen the friendly relations between Greece and Japan.
The inauguration ceremony honored Japanese culture and its customs as Astellas is a Japanese company and many elements of the company’s culture are based on it. The Japanese TAIKO drums and the Shakuhachi instrument were heard by Atene Daiko musicians specializing in the genre and then the barrel breaking and the Japanese sake drink were performed according to the Japanese customs. Finally, a plaque was awarded to President Yukio Matsui to honor him.
The offices were decorated with handmade flower settings by Mrs. Chrysoula Karaisaridou, instructor of Ikebana Sangetsu Hellas, while there was also an exhibition with bonsai trees from the Hellenic Club, whose members provided information on their cultivation. Lastly, the attendees had an origami workshop where they had the opportunity to create their own little work of art, under the guidance of an internationally well-known trainer, Mrs. Mirto Dimitriou.