After publishing his autobiography, Ototake became a successful sports journalist. In 2007, he took a job as a primary school (first through sixth grades) teacher at Suginami Dai-Yon Elementary School in Tokyo. He stars in the 2013 film, based on the events of his own life as a teacher, だいじょうぶ3組 (Daijoubu 3 gumi) Nobody's Perfect (English title).
In May 2013, he complained on Twitter that he was unable to enter a small one-room restaurant without a reservation, accusing them of discriminating against the handicapped. Critics pointed out that one of his own conferences requires that handicapped attendees make a reservation.