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Respect for Employees : Health Management

We understand that employees’ health is one of our management issues. In September 2017 we released the Toyo Seikan Group Health Management Declaration for maintaining and enhancing the health of employees.

Toyo Seikan Group Health Management Declaration

To realize its management policy of “We will constantly create new and innovative values, aspire to achieve a sustainable society and contribute to people’s happiness”, the Toyo Seikan Group hereby declares that it will proactively pursue the promotion of health management. We strongly believe that it is of utmost importance that our employees, who represent our most valuable asset, can maintain their physical and mental health, work with energy, and fully demonstrate their individual abilities.

The employees will endeavor to manage and improve their own health, while the company supports their health enhancement and creates a comfortable and pleasant work environment.

Ichio Otsuka President and Representative Director

2023 Outstanding Enterprise in Health and Productivity Management

In March 2023, nine of the group companies (Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Toyo Seikan, Toyo Kohan, Tokan Kogyo, Nippon Closures, Toyo Glass, Mebius Packaging, Toyo Aerosol Industry and Nippon Tokan Package) were certified as 2023 Outstanding Enterprises in Health and Productivity Management in the large enterprise category of the certification program managed by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Meanwhile, TOMATEC, Nippon National Seikan, Ryukyu Seikan Kaisha and Tokan Takayama were certified in the small and midsized business category.

The Group’s Health Management Promotion Framework

To allow everyone to work with good health and energy, we drive health management under the supervision of Toyo Seikan Group Holdings’ operating officer in charge of human resources and in cooperation with Human Resources Department and the occupational health promotion team, which consists of occupational health physicians and nurses and health-and-safety managers.

Health Management Promotion Framework
Organizational structure for health management promotion

We have built a framework to promote health management in order to implement the Group’s personnel policy. The members of the Group Health Management Promotion Meeting from 14 group companies meet twice a year to discuss relevant matters not just to protect employees’ mental and physical health, but to take health management to a higher level that meets modern requirements. Paying more attention to employees’ work engagement and well-being, we will aim to realize health management that provides a foundation to support future development.

Establishing Group’s Common Health Management Indicator

We have set a health management indicator as a common target for the entire group, based on the health management surveys conducted by Toyo Seikan Group Holdings and the six primary management companies to identify health-related issues in the Group. We are working to achieve the target with a three-year plan launched in 2021.

Group Common Indicator (Target for three years)

  1. 1)70% or more of the workers maintain an ideal body weight to prevent lifestyle diseases from occurring or becoming serious.
  2. 2)Raise non-smoking rate from the previous year(Lower smoking rate from the previous year)

Health management data for group companies (FY2021)

  • *This chart is scrolled
Company name Ratio of persons
with ideal body weight
Smoking rate
70% or higher
Lower than previous year
Toyo Seikan Group



Toyo Seikan



Toyo Kohan



Tokan Kogyo



Nippon Closures



Toyo Glass



Mebius Packaging



  • *The data was collected from employees at age 40 or older.

Group-Wide Quit Smoking Program

In September 2017, as part of our initiatives to maintain and enhance employees’ health, we launched a campaign to “achieve a complete smoke-free workplace during work hours for all domestic facilities,” and the campaign has been expanding among domestic group companies.

They are actively taking measures to prevent passive smoking and to help employees quit smoking. Such measures include gradual removal of smoking spots in plants and offices and financial aid to use smoking cessation outpatient services. In addition, we provide various useful information through messages from the occupational health nurses using the intranet and the company letters as well as with posters to encourage smokers to stop smoking.

Purposes of encouraging quit-smoking

  • Prevent health damage from secondhand smoke
  • Top priority on employee health

Quit-smoking support

Group companies and several health insurance associations in the Group have taken measures to help employees quit smoking, including financial aid to use smoking cessation outpatient services, drugs to help stop smoking, and incentives for those who achieved quitting. These measures encourage smokers to increase their willingness to face the challenge.

The mascot of the
Toyo Seikan Group’s
quit-smoking support

Health Lecture on Smoking Risk

In October 2021, the industrial physician at TOMATEC’s Kyushu Plant held an online lecture for all employees of the company on “biological effects of smoking and passive smoking.” The lecturer discussed the health hazards of smoking, which do not just affect the smoker but also family members and other people around who are exposed to secondhand smoke. The audience also learned that carcinogens are contained in secondhand smoke several to 100 times more than in mainstream smoke and increase the risk of stroke and ischemic heart disease; that around 15,000 people die annually from passive smoking; that PM2.5 is also contained in secondhand smoke; and that smoking on the balcony can affect persons inside the room.

With the knowledge from the lecture, the company will advance no-smoking and separatedsmoking initiatives for a healthy and comfortable workplace.

COVID-19 Workplace Vaccination Program

The Toyo Seikan Group conducted a COVID-19 workplace vaccination program to cooperate with the government’s policy to reduce the burden on local governments in vaccination and accelerate the vaccination process as well as to prevent the further expansion of coronavirus infection and ensure the safety of the Group’s employees and related parties. At the head office building in Osaki, Tokyo, the first and second vaccination were completed by September 2021, and the third one was provided in April 2022.

In this program, we introduced a dedicated chatbot to respond to inquiries from vaccination applicants, in particular those who were working from home. We will continue our activities to help ensure the safety and security of employees and communities and prevent the spread of COVID-19, thereby contributing to containing the pandemic as early as possible.

Silver Award in Cancer Ally Award 2021

As part of the Toyo Seikan Health Management Declaration activity, launched in 2017, Toyo Seikan is working to enable employees who develop cancer to balance work and medical treatment so that they can receive treatment without worries and continue to work.

In the Cancer Ally Award 2021, held by Cancer Ally Project, a private organization that addresses issues related to managing cancer and work, the company received a Silver Award for its activities such as financial support for medical treatment in cooperation with its health insurance association, educational activities for disease prevention, and creating a handbook for balancing work and treatment help employees who develop cancer to relieve anxiety.

Health Support Online Programs

Tokan Kogyo conducted various training programs both onsite and online from the perspective of preventing COVID-19 infection.

Based on the results of the stress check conducted in May 2021, the company provided a mental healthcare training program including nurse’s lecture for all members. In December 2021, the head office invited a lecturer from M. Stage Co., Ltd. to conduct three sessions of self-care and line-care training focusing on “mental health in teleworking.” At production facilities, occupational physicians and external lecturers from the Occupational Health Service Center provided self-care and line-care training programs. In the training, participants learned how to deal with stress from the perspectives of both self-care and line-care; the former is aimed at early detection of their own stress based on issues in the workplace, while the latter is aimed at identifying and addressing issues for the working environment as a manager.

On July 7, 2021, the company held a seminar on hydration in work, “Water for Life.” The lecturer, invited from Meiji Corporation, discussed the importance of hydration during summer, which is crucial in preventing heat stroke and maintaining health conditions.

On October 22, 2021, the company invited an instructor from fitness club Megalos to conduct a seminar sponsored by the health insurance association on exercises for recovery from fatigue after computer work and women-specific health issues. The participants gained a better understanding of health issues, including the causes of physical pain and poor concentration after long hours of computer work, and learned how to achieve stable performance from the viewpoints of working environment, visual function, and body posture. They also experienced an exercise they can do while sitting at home and office. There was also a lecture on women-specific health issues, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which affects women’s working conditions.

With working from home still prevalent, we continue to focus on physical and mental health support and communication with employees.

Online Workout Program

In May and June 2021, Toyo Glass invited instructors from fitness company TIPNESS Limited to conduct five sessions of an online workout class attended by a total of 76 persons from the head office and plants. With the theme of “improving body posture,” the program introduced an exercise that can be done while sitting to refresh employees who do not get enough exercise or experience cumulative stress. There was positive feedback from participants who were refreshed by the class, as some of them attended multiple times.

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