Freelance news announcer Mao Kobayashi, 26, stars in a drug commercial which began airing on Wednesday, for Takeda Pharmaceuticals and their new “Sutoreji” medicines designed to relieve stomach and bowel pain caused by stress. The global pharmaceutical company released three types of the new product in Japan the same day.
Kobayashi, who is a regular on Nippon TV’s late night news program “NEWS ZERO,” spoke of the stresses in her life at a promotional event for Takeda in Tokyo. “I get home in the middle of the night and I want to eat something sweet. But if I eat that late, I will put on weight, and fighting this urge is the most stressful thing for me,” she said, speaking of the battle between food and beauty that affects many a woman.
A reporter asked Kobayashi if there was anyone she would like to give the new medicine to, and she said: “I’d give it to my beautiful dog, Yume-chan, because she takes my stress away. But she’s a dog, so I’d give it to my mother, who’s always supporting me with a smile on her face.”
Another reporter asked Kobayashi how she reduces stress, and she replied: “I hum in the bath. The echo makes it sound better and makes me think I’m good at it.”© Japan Today