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Pocari Sweat (ポカリスエット, Pokari Suetto) is a Japanese sports drink, manufactured by Otsuka Pharmaceutical. It was launched in 1980, and is now also available in East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Australia.

Pocari Sweat
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Product typeSports drink
Produced byOtsuka Pharmaceutical
MarketsEast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East

Pocari Sweat is a mild-tasting, relatively light, non-carbonated sweet beverage and is advertised as an "ion supply drink", "refreshment water" (1992), "body request" (1999), and "electrolyte beverage" in Thailand. It has a mild grapefruit flavor with little aftertaste. Ingredients listed are water, sugar, citric acid, trisodium citrate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium lactate, magnesium carbonate, and flavoring.[1] It is sold in aluminium cans, PET bottles, and as a powder for mixing with water. An artificially sweetened version with reduced sugar called Pocari Sweat Ion Water (ポカリスエット イオンウォーター, Pokari Suetto Ion Wōtā) is also sold.[2]


An Vietnamese infographics about the benefits of Pocari Sweat for body

The reference to sweat in the name of the beverage might have a somewhat off-putting or mildly humorous connotation for some native English speakers. However, the name was chosen by the manufacturers originally for the purpose of marketing the product as a sports drink in Japan,[3] where English words are used differently. It was largely derived from the notion of what it is intended to supply to the drinker: all of the nutrients and electrolytes lost when sweating.[4][5] The first part of the name, Pocari, gives a refreshing impression. The Otsuka Pharmaceutical's official FAQ webpage (in Japanese only) states: "'Pocari' was named for its light nuance and bright sound, and it has no particular meaning.(「ポカリ」は、語感の軽い明るい響きを持つ言葉としてつけたもので、特別な意味はありません。)" [6][7]

Lunar Dream Capsule projectEdit

On 15 May 2014, Pocari Sweat started a project to send a "dream capsule" to the Moon. The capsule will have the same shape as a Pocari Sweat can and will be filled with Pocari Sweat powder. Once it arrives, Pocari Sweat will be the first commercial product advertised on the Moon.[8] Originally scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in October 2015,[9] it is currently booked on a Astrobotic Technology lander which will launch in 2021.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Welcome to Pocari Sweat Website". Archived from the original on 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  2. ^ "価格.com - 大塚製薬 ポカリスエット イオンウォーター レビュー評価・評判" (in Japanese). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  3. ^ Global Business Languages, pp.18-19 Tracy L. Melin, Nina M. Ray, 2005
  4. ^ "Maeda-Use/Misuse of Loan-words".
  5. ^ Herbig, Paul A. (1998). Handbook of cross-cultural marketing. Binghamton, NY: International Business Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-7890-0154-3.
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  7. ^ "History of Pocari Sweat" by PocariID (in Indonesian). YouTube. Uploaded on 17 March 2011.
  8. ^ Pocari Sweat is putting the first ever ad on the lunar surface,
  9. ^ Sports Drink Set for Moon Mission; But, Why?,
  10. ^ [1]

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