Employees’ Health

Basic Concepts

The KOKUYO Group is promoting safe, secure, and pleasant working environments while encouraging active exchange of opinions with the field site as they are vital to smooth business operations.

KOKUYO Health and Productivity Management Declaration

KOKUYO believes that to secure sustainable corporate growth, it is important to have environments and systems which allow employees to apply themselves safely and healthily in mind and body. Therefore, we undertake initiatives to maintain and promote the health of our employees.
We promote health and productivity management together with employees, labor unions, and health insurance associations to create products and services that apply the creativity of each and every employee who are healthy in mind and body. This is so as to contribute toward society’s vigor as well as healthy work and study, and meet the expectations of our stakeholders through.


Major Initiatives

・Aim to continuously improve the working environments of employees so as to achieve workplaces where employees can work safely and healthily in both mind and body.

・Strive to maintain the health of employees and prevent aggravation of illnesses by following up on health checks and their results as well as establishing health examination options for preventing illness.

・Strive to improve employee mental health and engagement by using the analysis results from stress checks and employee surveys to invigorate the organization.

・Implement information dissemination and education of health promotion so that employees will think about and undertake health promotion on their own initiative.

・Practice diverse work styles, and at the same time, implement initiatives such as promotion of telecommuting; reduction of overtime hours; encouraging the taking of paid leave; support for child raising and nursing care; and striking a balance between work and family.

Health Promotion Management System

To promote health and productivity management, KOKUYO has in place a health promotion management system for the entire Group based on the KOKUYO Group Occupational Safety and Health Basic Policy by the KOKUYO Group Central Safety Health Committee. Health enhancement managers and staff are appointed in each Group company, and initiatives to improve health within the entire Group are undertaken as one by human resource departments, labor unions, health insurance associations, and health management staff.

Health Promotion Management System

* Specific data regarding health promotion is posted here

Recognition as a 2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (White 500) in the Large Enterprise Category

Recognition as a 2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (White 500) in the Large Enterprise Category

KOKUYO Co., Ltd. and Kaunet Co., Ltd. were among the organizations recognized under Large Enterprise Category of the 2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Recognition Program (White 500), selected jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi. This is the second consecutive year being recognized as a White 500 organization, and the third time receiving this recognition.
In addition, our Group company KOKUYO Marketing Co., Ltd. was also recognized as a 2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization in the Large Enterprise Category.

The Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Recognition Program honors outstanding enterprises, such as large enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises, engaging in health and productivity management based on their efforts made in line with the health-related issues in local communities and health promotion activities promoted by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi. From 2020, the format of the program has changed. The top 500 enterprises which meet the criteria for the Large Enterprise Category of the Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Recognition Program will be recognized as White 500 organizations, while remaining enterprises that meet the criteria falling outside the top 500 will be recognized as Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations.

* The Nippon Kenko Kaigi is an organization that takes practical community- and workplace-based actions, under collaboration among private organizations and with full administrative support, to extend healthy lifespans and to provide appropriate medical care, targeting individual persons in Japan, a country facing a dramatically advancing aging society with fewer children. The organization aims to encourage workplaces and communities to undertake specific measures to overcome health-related challenges under collaboration among private organizations, such as economic associations, medical-care associations and insurers, and municipalities.
Note that the term “health and productivity management” is a registered trademark of the Workshop for the Management of Health on Company and Employee.

KOKUYO Group Health Targets and 2019 Results

The KOKUYO Group has been promoting health activities by collaborating with the in-house Health Insurance Association and Health Management Office in setting specific health goals from 2013 in order to prevent lifestyle-related diseases.
We have carried out a walking campaign to encourage the habit of enjoyable exercise in which employees record daily the number of steps taken and their weight, and have also held healthy eating seminars in collaboration with public health centers. Moreover, as cancer prevention measures, we installed mammography systems so that examinations can be performed during regular in-house health check-ups, to promote having medical examinations for breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Furthermore, we have actively enhanced health check options. For example, we now allow employees to undergo complete medical check-ups if desired, and have created opportunities for employees to benefit from medical examinations and increase their health awareness.

Examples of Health Indices (from specific issues)

  2018 2019 2020 targets
Percentage of employees with a BMI over 25 25% 24% 22%
Percentage of employees who smoke (from Q&A data) 32% 31% 29%
Percentage of cancer medical examinations (colorectal cancer) 40% 70% 80%
Percentage of cancer medical examinations (gynecological examination) 20% 20% 25%

Scope: KOKUYO Co., Ltd.; Kaunet Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Marketing Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Logitem Co., Ltd; KOKUYO Supply Logistics Co., Ltd.

KOKUYO's Health Activities!

Organizing “Online Walking Competition—Health Challenge Log”

This is a campaign where employees self-report the number of steps they have taken daily, and those who achieved their goals receive seasonal fruits. It seeks to trigger employees to aim toward building healthy bodies.

  2018 2019 2020 targets
Participants 1,177 persons 1,283 persons 1,500 persons

Employees Staying Healthy with Health Examinations as the Starting Point

For FY2019, KOKUYO again explained the advantages of undergoing health examinations annually without fail, and requested employees to actively undergo them. Health examinations are fixed point observations, and the subsequent follow up measures are important. To prevent illnesses from becoming more severe through early response and follow up by health management staff, employees, KOKUYO, the Health Management Office, and health insurance associations work together as one to actively work on keeping employees health in both mind and body.

Conducting Awareness-raising Activities Together with World No Tobacco Day and No Smoking Week

Comparing the percentage of smokers in the KOKUYO Group against the Japan Smoking Rate Survey conducted by Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT), the number of male smokers is significantly higher than the national average. Together with the World No Tobacco Day on May 31 designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the No Smoking Week from May 31 to June 6 designated by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, KOKUYO also prohibited smoking during this period and conducted activities to proliferate and raise awareness about preventing passive smoking. Information is disseminated to smokers about the health impact from passive smoking for them to review their smoking habits. At the same time, we promote mutual understanding between smokers and non-smokers so as to create comfortable workplaces, including prevention of passive smoking by non-smokers, proper handling of cigarette butts and such, and being considerate about things like the smell of cigarettes on clothes.

Conducting Physical Fitness Test “Let’s Make a BODY! For 2020 Program”

Conducting Physical Fitness Test Let’s Make a BODY! For 2020 Program

As part of the initiatives toward health and productivity management, KOKUYO conducted physical fitness tests at Tokyo and Osaka. KOKUYO’s unique physical fitness test “Let’s Make a BODY! For 2020 Program” incorporates the “ASICS HEALTH CARE CHECK” developed by ASICS Corporation, and was rolled out due to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. On the day of the event, more than 100 participants from various age groups took the test.
Going forward, KOKUYO plans to implement a variety of measures beyond health examinations and various vaccinations to enhance the health of employees.

Mental health initiatives

Since 2016, we have been conducting stress checks based on laws and regulations together with surveys on compliance as our Employee Survey.
In order to establish a system where each employee can receive self-care without hesitating, we are making an environment where we can support prevention at an early stage by introducing the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) operated by an external institution to make the employees notice the burdens that they feel.
In addition, based on the results of the survey, we implement initiatives such as workplace improvement activities (creating open corporate culture) as mental health responses. Using organization analysis results from the survey, we categorize organizations into three stages: Red, Yellow, and Green. We aim to reduce Red organizations by contributing toward the invigoration of communication through workplace improvement activities such as holding discussions at the workplace and workshops with Red organizations as departments prioritized for initiatives.

  2018 2019 2020 targets
Percentage of Red organizations 14.4% 11.9% 10%