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Daisuke Teshima, the representative of the ORALPEACE Project, will appear in the NHK World Japan interview program “Direct Talk”

[Daisuke Teshima, the representative of the ORALPEACE Project, will appear in the NHK World Japan interview program “Direct Talk”]

「Oral Hygiene That’s Safe to Swallow: Teshima Daisuke / Social Entrepreneur」

In 2013, Teshima Daisuke developed oral hygiene products that don’t harm the body if swallowed. His innovative business model supports people with disabilities. We asked Teshima about his motivation.

「NHK WORLD-JAPAN」 is the international service of Japan’s public media organization NHK. It provides the latest information on Japan and Asia through television, radio and online to a global audience.

「Direct talk」Direct and in-depth. Interviews exploring the minds and motivations of the leaders, visionaries, artists and entrepreneurs who are changing our world.


0m 09s
Our guest today is social entrepreneur Teshima Daisuke. His oral hygiene products can be used without water, and are safe to swallow. They’re perfect for elderly people confined to their beds. Or for disaster zones, where water isn’t readily available. Teshima’s business model is also receiving attention for offering a new kind of employment. He spoke to us about the philosophy he applies to his work.

0m 50s
We should all preserve individuality, and help each other out. If we all work together, I think we can create all kinds of new things.

1m 02s
At the core of Teshima’s venture business is an oral hygiene gel called Oralpeace. One tube costs around 1,000 yen, or about 10 US dollars. It uses all-natural ingredients that don’t harm the body. The gel is effective against certain pathogenic bacteria, an important part of oral care. But even if it’s mistakenly swallowed, it doesn’t cause any negative effects. We visited a shop selling the product.

1m 38s
Lots of people who buy it become repeat customers. Parents often ask for a toothpaste for their children. They want something that’s safe even when swallowed.

2m 00s
If you swallow a regular oral care product, the synthetic disinfectants they contain would have a negative effect on good bacteria in the body. This could cause digestive problems. Our product is safer for people who can’t gargle or spit. It’s useful for elderly people confined to their beds, people with physical impairments, and infants, as well as people in disaster zones who don’t have access to water. Even if a user does spit it out, the product is biodegradable, so it doesn’t harm the environment.

2m 37s
Teshima’s distribution system is also very distinctive. The staff who package his products are all people with disabilities. The same is true for delivery staff. He collaborates with over 500 facilities all across Japan that provide employment for people with disabilities.

3m 05s
Over 8,000 facilities aim to offer employment, but they frequently don’t have enough work. They make products, and sell them. But their wages aren’t very high. The important thing is to create work, giving people with disabilities the means to be part of society in a rewarding way. It’s great for their families, and for the people receiving deliveries, too. It creates such goodwill. It’s not just regular buying and selling. It’s more than that. There’s something about it that’s truly heartfelt. That feeling of goodwill is mutual. We’re supporting each other. Our staff get that, and their families too. I think it has a positive effect on society.

3m 59s
Behind the development of Teshima’s product is a dramatic tale involving his family. Before starting his own business, Teshima worked at trading and consulting companies for many years.

4m 17s
My grandfather worked in international trade. And I think that’s the reason why I wanted to work on a global scale. Throughout my career, I have constantly researched ways to gain an edge over other companies, and ways to succeed as a business.

4m 37s
Teshima worked hard, day after day, and built up an admirable career. At the age of 30 he got married, and one year later, he became a father. But something happened that no-one could have predicted.

4m 57s
When my son was born, the right side of his brain was damaged by cerebral thrombosis. This led to paralysis on the left side of his body. A disability. Until that point in my life, I had always thought that my dreams and ambitions would come true. That is, if I just tried hard enough. But when it came to my son’s disability, I had a realization that it was something that I couldn’t just solve through sheer effort alone. That came as a big shock to me. It was something I had never experienced before, and I really struggled with it.

5m 41s
Teshima worried about his son’s future. He began researching what life was like for disabled people in Japan.

5m 52s
Around eight million people in the country have a certified disability. A monthly wage is available for those who can’t work at a regular company. They work full time for 20 days a month, and are paid around 15,000 yen. A pension is also available, which is around 60 to 90 thousand yen. Even so, their monthly income rarely exceeds 100,000 yen. That’s a real problem, especially when their parents pass away. It’s not enough for them to achieve financial independence. So parents are constantly worrying about what they’re able to leave behind for their children after they’re gone. It’s something that really weighs heavily on their minds. In all honesty, I had no idea what to do.

6m 43s
Over time, as he raised his son, Teshima arrived at a new point of view.

6m 52s
I realized that everybody has something that makes them unique. Before then, I was always striving to hit a certain benchmark set by people around me. Whether it was a high score in a test, or high sales figures. I thought people were like fish, all swimming in the same direction. But that’s wrong. Some people swim backwards, or upwards. Everyone’s different, which is great. If someone can take their individual characteristics and put them to use, that’s a really good thing for them. I thought that approach would be a great way for me to live my life, too.

7m 36s
In 2005, Teshima quit his job. He founded a volunteer group, which gave employment assistance and donation-based aid to people with disabilities. To cover its operating costs, he started an Italian-made organic cosmetics brand. But trouble lied ahead.

7m 59s
The financial crash of 2008 caused all sorts of problems. Our Italian partner company went bankrupt. The business I’d built up was essentially wiped out by that event. I was absolutely penniless! The fridge was empty. I carried on volunteering, but I couldn’t afford the train, so I traveled by bike.

8m 27s
Teshima kept himself afloat by doing consulting work and lectures for companies. But another shock lay just around the corner. His father was diagnosed with stomach cancer. And the cancer treatment caused unforeseen problems.

8m 48s
His weakened immune system led to all sorts of symptoms, including fungal infections in his mouth. At this hospital, he was given a medicine that would sterilize those infections. He was supposed to gargle it, and spit it back out. But his body was so weak that he accidentally swallowed it. The medicine was intended for bacteria in the mouth, but it ended up killing bacteria in the body. As a result, he experienced digestive issues. That’s when something occurred to me.

9m 24s
When Teshima was involved in the cosmetics industry, he obtained valuable information from a Japanese university. A natural antibacterial agent could be made using plums, and a byproduct of tofu making called okara. Teshima thought he might be able to make use of that agent to create a new oral hygiene product.

9m 53s
At that time, all my ideas started to come together. On one hand, I wanted to create some kind of work for people with disabilities. I also wanted a product that filled a need in society. Right now, Japan’s population is aging. Many people are suffering from the same problems as my father. For those who can’t gargle or spit, a new antibacterial agent would be very valuable.

10m 24s
In collaboration with the university, Teshima reformed the antibacterial agent. They removed its original salty taste and changed it to a more suitable, refreshing flavor. A year later, in 2013, he succeeded in creating an oral hygiene product that’s safe to swallow. He began selling it under a new business model, using employment facilities for disabled people as distributors.

10m 56s
They buy it from us for 650 yen per item, and sell it for 1,000 yen. That means they make 350 yen of profit per tube. Before that point, disabled workers would be making just one yen for doing work like making an envelope or crushing an aluminum can. They were paid extremely low amounts. Selling just one tube equates to crushing 350 cans. As a result, it creates lots of opportunities. It’s not just an oral care or oral hygiene product. I thought it was also a message, one that’s carrying real value. It doesn’t only address problems pertaining to disabled people. These are universal issues, ones that are shared by billions of families. I wanted my product to become a symbol of mutual support.

11m 54s
Teshima was proud of the revolutionary product he had created. But at first, business was worryingly slow. Then, his company started appearing in newspaper and magazine articles. And after a year, sales had risen to nearly ten million yen a month.

12m 19s
Facilities for disabled people nationwide began helping us sell the product. At the moment, around 3,000 people with disabilities are working with us. When we compared the amount of product shipped to the amount of product sold, over seven years, there has been 30 to 40 million yen in profit. That profit has in turn been shared between members of the workforce. One member of staff, who used to make 14,000 yen a month, now makes more than 100,000 yen. In some cases, sales activity has led to people selling homemade cookies and other items at regional care homes for the elderly. I think it has increased regional communication and understanding, leading to brighter communities.

13m 10s
Teshima’s success was acknowledged by the Japan Venture Awards, who presented him with their top prize. Since 2016, he has been expanding the business overseas.

13m 25s
Our products are sold in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, and Singapore, as well as Mexico, Guatemala and the United States of America. From next year, our goal is to manufacture our products in those places. It’s not just about helping people in Japan. Making and selling products in the same region supports the community. I want to expand that model to the rest of the world.

13m 59s
(Do you have any words to live by?)

14m 07s
“Try our life.” It means keep trying, no matter what. In our lives, we all face hardships and difficulties. We all deal with barriers, or obstacles we have to cross. And by overcoming them, we can each find value and meaning in our lives. My family story has given me all sorts of insights into life. And thanks to the support of a great many people around me, I’ve been able to take the business this far. If each of us, in our individual lives, faces up to the challenge, together, we can overcome the larger barriers that lie in front of us. That’s what I believe.


As a social entrepreneur from Japan, I would like to talk about my thoughts on the ORALPEACE Project, which aims to create jobs for people with disabilities, improve their income, and participate in society.

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オーラルピース世界中にラジオ放送 Oralpiece will be broadcasted by the world radio program

NHK国際放送局のラジオ番組「RADIO JAPAN ONLINE」で、オーラルピースのことを世界中にご紹介いただけることになりました。

Radio Japan Focus
Technology & Business: Revolutionary Oral Care Products Protect Health
Tooth-brushing and general oral care has become a focus in Japan in recent years. New oral care products using biotechnology have been developed. We report on oral care products developed in the hopes of protecting people’s health.






Oralpiece will be broadcasted by the world radio program!!

NHK international “RADIO JAPAN ONLINE”
Radio Japan Focus
Technology & Business: Revolutionary Oral Care Products Protect Health
Tooth-brushing and general oral care has become a focus in Japan in recent years. New oral care products using biotechnology have been developed. We report on oral care products developed in the hopes of protecting people’s health.

It’s broadcast by all over the world by 16 languages including English, French, Arabic and Hindi.
We are really happy that activity and messages of Oralpeace are reported to beyond 7,200,000,000 people of all over the world!!
We would like to send information to the world from Japan the country of senior citizen rate No1 in the world.
You can listen the radio on the Internet for about 1 week from tomorrow.
Please listen to the radio!!Thank you!!


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About the support situation to the facility for the disabled in Yokohama City where the new coronavirus infected population (cluster) outbreak

【About the status of support for facilities for the disabled in Yokohama City, where a new coronavirus-infected population (cluster) has occurred】

We would like to report on the status of support for facilities for persons with disabilities in Yokohama, where a group of people infected with the new coronavirus (cluster) is occurring.

Infection of users and staff was confirmed at a disability support facility in Yokohama City, which is also an ORALPEACE project sales partner facility.

Currently, as of December 14, the cumulative total of positive users is 44 (31 users and 13 staff), and 1 positive user is hospitalized, but all others are mild. The room is closed, and medical treatment and follow-up are being carried out in each room and living room, and the staff is mildly ill and is being treated at a medical treatment facility or at home.

On December 13th, the ORALPEACE project received an emergency support request from the director of the cluster generation facility and the director of the non-profit organization Yokohama Adult Guardian Tsubasa, and provided oral hygiene through oral care to avoid aggravation of positive individuals. To achieve this, we have provided the following emergency support.

On December 15th, 100 Oral Peace Clean & Moisture Sprays were urgently shipped, and on the following 16th, we started care to avoid aggravation by thorough oral hygiene.

We would like to provide as much support as possible to preventive care and avoidance of aggravation by oral hygiene for people with severe disabilities who have difficulty brushing their teeth, gargling, or oral care.

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ORALPEACE’s special TV program was broadcast nationwide! Change the World-Aspirations for Building the Future-“Toothpaste without Water in Stricken Areas”

[ORALPEACE’s special TV program was broadcast nationwide! Change the World-Aspirations for Building the Future-“Toothpaste without Water in Stricken Areas”]

TV TOKYO information, documentary program
Change the World-Building the Future-“Toothpaste without Water”

This summer, there is a miracle toothpaste in Chiba Prefecture, which was hit by a typhoon, which helped live in the affected areas. You can brush your teeth without using water & swallow it! What is the secret?

Program contents
This summer, a toothpaste that can brush without water has been very active in Chiba Prefecture, which was hit by a typhoon & suffered from power outages & water cuts. Developed by Daisuke Teshima of ORALPEACE. Made from natural ingredients such as tofu and plum, it is safe to swallow. The trigger of the development was the appearance of my father, who was living a fighting illness in late cancer. He was too weak & swallowed even after brushing his teeth. Currently, it is helping people in 20 countries around the world, not just in the affected areas.


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ORALPEACE project sent free distribution of ORALPEACE products to 3,600 passengers and crews on the Yokohama Port cruise ship – “Diamond Princess”.

“Diamond Princess” has a collective infection of the new Corona Virus anchored in Yokohama Port.

According to prefectural Dental Association, there is a research reports that you will be able to prevent the infection of the virus by purifying the oral cavity. We hope that ORALPEACE product will help to prevent infection and improve the quality of life of the people on board.

We are a small social venture, but we would like to do a little as our corporate social responsibility to help our customers from Japan and the world who are in trouble at “Diamond Princess”.

We hope everyone is safe from the viruses and hope everyone can go back to their home where lovely family lives.

On February 12, the ORALPEACE project (Yokohama City) will carry passengers and passengers on the large-scale passenger ship “Diamond Princess” that has been infected by the new coronavirus, which is moored at Yokohama Port via Yokohama City. For oral hygiene product “ORALPEACE”, we provided free distribution support for about 3,600 people.

According to the prefectural dentist’s association, there is a research report that virus infection can be prevented 10 times by cleaning the oral cavity. We hope Yokohama’s oral hygiene products will be useful in preventing infection and improving quality of life for people who are having trouble on board.

Our company is a small social venture, but we are limited in what we can do, but we hope that it will be useful for customers from Japan and the world who are in trouble at this local office, Yokohama Port on the office side. , Through the Yokohama Municipal Economic Affairs Bureau, which has been nurtured by the generous support of the project since its inception, we supported it with a little effort.

And thanks to the staff of the Yokohama City Economic Bureau, we were able to deliver it. We would also like to thank the Nihon Keizai Shimbun for their kind support in this project.

It will be wonderful if we approach the concept of the ORALPEACE project, “a society in which each and every one of us supports each other in times of trouble.” We pray that everyone on board will be able to return to their loved ones as soon as possible.

[Reference Material]

“Relationship between oral care and viral infections”

The bacteria in the mouth excrete, as their metabolites, proteases and enzymes called neuraminidase, which destroy proteins. These enzymes have the property of making it easy for the influenza virus to enter cells through the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract. If the oral cavity is left unclean, the amount of protease and neuraminidase will increase, which will easily lead to the onset and aggravation of virus and influenza. A research conducted by a university institution found that cleaning oral cavity with oral care reduced the infection rate of influenza virus by a factor of 10, indicating that there is a correlation between viral infection and keeping oral cavity clean. It recognized.

What is “ORALPEACE”?

An oral hygiene product containing a patented formulation “Neonisin-e®︎” that is safe to swallow while sterilizing bacteria that cause problems in the oral cavity. It is a safe ingredient that can be absorbed by the body, and is made from only natural ingredients based on lactic acid bacterium biotechnology research with the Kyushu University Agricultural Research Institute in Japan, etc. Another feature of the project is that people with disabilities all over the country engage in business and work to generate jobs and income. Since it can be used without water, support has been provided to the Hiroshima disaster area in 2014, the Kumamoto earthquake disaster area in 2016, the national heavy rain disaster area in 2018, and the typhoon disaster area in Chiba prefecture in 2019. The goods have been provided free of charge. Received “Yokohama Business Grand Prix 2014 Grand Prize”, “Japan Venture Award 2015 Grand Prize”, “Nippon Foundation Social Innovator 2016”, “2018 Japan Agricultural Chemistry Technology Award”, etc., the world’s largest academic publication in 2019 It was also featured in Springer’s book Entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific: Case Studies. Currently, it is provided from Yokohama Port to 10 countries as an oral hygiene agent from Yokohama, Japan.

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2020/02/08 (Saturday)

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A View on Coronavirus and ORALPEACE / Oral Care

[Remarks on new coronavirus (COVID-19) and ORALPEACE / oral care]

This is a reprint from the ORALPEACE project supporter Dr. Tanaka regarding the relationship between oral care and viral infection prevention. We hope that our long-standing research team on lactic acid bacteria antimicrobial peptides and clinical research will be of little help to the health of many people in times of emergency.


Usually, the dentist, otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon will often consult the oral cavity. I will give my opinion as one of the otolaryngologists of the ORALPEACE support member.

I think that what is recently attracting attention in the field of infectious diseases is “why can brushing and oral care prevent or reduce viral infection?”

Viruses, including influenza viruses, have a structure in which a gene called nucleic acid is encapsulated in a protein called capsid (Note: New Coronavirus (COVID-19) is also wrapped in another protein called envelope).

Bacteria in the intestinal tract, including the oral cavity, also have a protein-degrading enzyme called protease.

In an unsanitary oral environment, many bacteria are present in the oral cavity, and many proteinases come into contact with viral capsids and envelopes.

As a result, capsids and envelopes of some viruses, including the influenza virus, are degraded by proteolytic enzymes, causing them to pop, which makes it easier for the virus to enter the mucosal cells, mainly the oral mucosa.

This is the reason why it is difficult to establish influenza virus infection when the bacterial flora in the oral cavity is kept normal and the amount of bacteria is reduced.

It may be more likely to enter the digestive tract mucosa, but as an otolaryngologist, I do not have enough knowledge on this point.

However, many intestinal bacteria have proteinases, and keeping the intestinal bacteria normal seems to be recommended from the viewpoint of preventing viral infection.

The conclusion comes to the end and is tedious and apologetic, but ORALPEACE is mainly based on the lactobacillus antibacterial bacteriocin preparation derived from “Okara” which is an edible food called “Neonisin-e”, and its safety and antibacterial action. Is also revealed in data from the Faculty of Dentistry at Kagoshima University.

The reason why it is okay to swallow is that it is made from only the lactic acid bacterium bacteriocin preparation derived from the food “Okara” and water and plant (food) ingredients.

And even considering the above mechanism, the risk of viral infection (although new coronavirus (COVID-19) is unknown as described below) is reduced if oral bacteria are reduced by ORALPEACE and tooth brushing / oral care. May help.

Like this time, I think the chance of getting an unknown virus on a large-scale cruise ship such as the Diamond Princess carrying 3,700 people is the first time, at least in the modern world where there is a record.

It has not been medically verified that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) suppresses infection through the oral mucosa.

However, at least it is a risk that even if you consider it because it is a product that can be swallowed without exhaling even on a cruise ship that may lack drinking water, and that there is already some medical evidence for suppressing oral bacteria (evidence). From the viewpoint of benefit ratio, I think that prevention of infection by ORALPEACE and oral hygiene is significant.


* The new coronavirus (COVID-19) is unknown, and it is thought that there are differences from the existing viruses. However, we would be grateful if people with illnesses, the elderly, infants and young children who seem to be at high risk can take possible preventive measures and save their lives. This comment is published not as a medical practice but as a view that contributes to the health of the people in an emergency.

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