【SPECIAL CONTENT】Fighting Against COVID-19
Lifestyle Disease Prevention
Practicing the Fujifilm Group Seven Wellness-promoting Actions
The Fujifilm Group Seven Wellness-promoting Actions were introduced in 2020 and employees were called on to put them into practice, as it is important for employees to acquire a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent the occurrence and aggravation of problems such as lifestyle diseases, cancer, mental disorders and COVID-19 infection. We will regularly check the degree to which each of the Seven Wellness-promoting Actions is practiced in order to improve the health level of the entire Group.
Seven Wellness-promoting Actions—Education Activities
Weigh yourself once a week
Check your health check results
No alcohol once a week
6 hours sleep every day
30 min. walk every day
Paticipate in the walk event("Arukatsu")
The implementation status of the Seven Wellness-promoting Actions: Rates of Adherence for each item
The implementation status of the Seven Wellness-promoting Actions was verified in an e-learning questionnaire conducted in September 2020.
Seven Wellness-promoting Actions—Education Activities
At FUJIFILM Kyushu Co., Ltd., creative efforts were made to catch the eye of employees waiting for their regular health checks.
Quiz questions were placed on panels and the back of seats at the venue.
This is being introduced throughout the worldwide group.
A Walking Event(Arukatsu）
Since 2016, we have been hosting a biannual competition that sets up teams that compete for the highest average daily steps called, “Everyone Stepping.” This has led to behavioral changes of those who normally do not walk much. We are also seeing an increase in the number of participants (Fall 2019 participation: 16,728, which is 36.8% of employees). More and more group company employees have started enjoying walking together with some who have Presidents taking the lead and almost all employees participating (9 companies have a participation rate of 90% or more).
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, A Walking Event (Arukatsu), which was to be held twice in FY2020, was canceled out of consideration of employee safety.
The event was brought back in the spring of 2021, and 7,035 people took part and enjoyed walking after thoroughly completing measures to prevent infections. We received various comments regarding the event, including “thanks for bringing the event back” and “walking is the quickest way to get healthy during this pandemic.”
Preventing severe illnesses by encouraging high-risk populations to have regular checkups
Each group company had its own measures and practices for lifestyle diseases, but from FY2019, Fujifilm has been sending letters in collaboration with Fujifilm Group Health Insurance Association to recommend a health checkup directly to the employee’s home for those group employees who are determined to be high-risk. Each company’s medical staff follows up to ensure that the employees receive medical consultation.
Cancer Prevention and Treatment
In 2014, we established the Fujifilm Nishi-Azabu Medical Center*1 at Fujifilm Nishi-Azabu Headquarters Building for cancer prevention and treatment. This has contributed to increasing the percentage of Group employees in Japan receiving cancer screening in the company’s regular health checkup program. The percentage of employees who have received stomach cancer screening have increased by at least 10 points (from the FY2015 level).
By FY2022, we strive to bring the percentage of Group employees in Japan receiving cancer screening (for stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer) to at least 90%. We have been promoting these initiatives determined to increase the chances to detect cancer early to allow for early appropriate treatment in order to minimize the number of Fujifilm employees passing away from cancer.
Cancer Screening System
|Cancer Screening||Screening Method||Eligible Employees||Screening Interval|
|Endoscopy (X-ray)||35 years old and 40 or over||Every year|
|Colon||Fecal occult blood
|35 years old and 40 or over
50 years old and over
|Once a year
Once while employed
|Breasts||Ultrasound (up to 39 years old)
Mammography (from 40 years old)
|Prostate||PSA (blood)||Men 50 or over||Every other year|
|Lung||X-ray||30 or older*||Every year|
|Liver, kidney, pancreas, biliary tract||Ultrasound||35 years old and 40 or over||Every year|
Colorectal Cancer and Colonoscopy
We are promoting awareness and understanding of the importance of colonoscopy among employees, which has a high morbidity rate in Japan. All those who have tested positive for the presence of fecal occult blood are encouraged to follow up with a colonoscopy and are kept track of by each of their company medical staff. We also encourage employees who are 50 years old to schedule a colonoscopy by sending individual emails.
In July FY2019 we hosted a lecture at our head office by Dr. Yokoyama, the director of Fujifilm Nishi-Azabu Endoscopic Clinic, entitled “Recommending Colonoscopy” which drew 165 participants. The video of this lecture is available on the company’s intranet to employees anywhere in Japan.
Cancer Screening Rate
In order to increase the cancer screening rate, we have moved forward with offering a choice of testing organizations, adding screening to regular health checks, and conducting educational activities.
Stomach Cancer Screening Rate
Colorectal Cancer Screening and Fecal Occult Blood Test Rate
Promoting Anti-smoking Awareness
Updating of Employment Regulations to include Smoking Ban during working hours and closure of all smoking areas on company premises
From FY2015, the Fujifilm Group has been promoting smoking cessation during working hours. Starting in FY2019, we designated a non-smoking day once a month to create an environment for encouraging smokers to stop smoking.
Furthermore, in order to support smokers to quit smoking and to commit to preventing secondhand smoke in the company environment, we updated the Employment Regulations for all Group companies to include a smoking ban during working hours and closed all smoking areas on company premises in Japan in October 2020. We have gained the understanding and cooperation of customers who visit the company, as well as that of partner companies on our premises.
We have also explained the Employee Wellness policy to the subcontractors and business partners, and jointly implement a no-smoking policy on our premises.
Smoking-cessation Support Program
- The health program operated in collaboration with the Fujifilm Group Health Insurance Association offers various types of programs to help employees stop smoking and provides support so those efforts progress smoothly.
Online Smoking-cessation Program
It has been well-received as a program that busy employees can commit to easily and quit smoking reliably. Since the adoption of the Employee Wellness Declaration in September 2019, 586 applicants (as of the end of March 2021) have applied to the Program with the goal of quitting cigarette smoking.
Distribution of free patches and Gum to employees to help quit smoking
A new measure for FY2020. By lowering the hurdles, we are supporting the challenges associated with quitting cigarette smoking. Many employees took the first step to quitting smoking as 803 employees applied for nicotine patches (Equivalent to 5,000 yen per person), and 170 applied for nicotine gum (Equivalent to 5,000 yen per person).
- The Health Management Office in each business office also accepts smoking-cessation outpatients at any time.
In addition, we publish a series of success stories about executives quitting cigarette smoking on the company’s intranet and also publish feature articles on quitting cigarette smoking in the Group newsletters to cultivate a culture of non-smoking at all our Group companies.
Change in Smokers (%) for all Fujifilm Group (Domestic Group Employees)
Mental Health Prevention and Treatment
Every November, we conduct a stress check for all domestic group employees. Based on those results, we “diagnose” a workplace. For workplaces that present a high health risk, the company physicians and human resources department work collaboratively, first holding a workplace meeting, to analyze the causes, and then to create a plan to improve the work environment.
In addition, we have created a tool used across the group for employees to check themselves any time.
Line Care Training for All Group Employees and Managers by Fujifilm Group Mental Health Management Physician
In June 2021, e-learning-based Line Care Training was provided for all group employees and managers in Japan.
At the start of the training, General Manager of the Human Resources Division, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, as the Employee Wellness Manager, commented on “the need to give consideration to and guidance on wellness to employees and particularly the importance of detailed management during the COVID-19 pandemic” as mental health is a priority employee wellness issue.
Then the Fujifilm Group mental health management physician (company physician) directly discussed the importance of mental health measures in the workplace and what is required of managers regarding mental health measures based on his experience and knowledge. Numerous managers submitted comments that the training was useful, such as “I really learned that superiors play an important role in responding to subordinates” and “I want to be a superior that subordinates can seek advice from.”
We are promoting preventative initiatives throughout the group by implementing trainings using a manual on mental health management for all new executives.
Maintaining Appropriate Working Hours
The entire group uses a health checking system to prevent health problems caused by working excessively long hours. If overtime work is more than 80 hours in a single month and more than 45 hours on average per quarter, a health check questionnaire, a senior supervisor interview, and a company physician interview will be conducted to ensure health and to provide allowances for work.
To better manage work hours, Fujifilm established a group policy in anticipation of the legal amendments in April 2019. We have reviewed and implemented internal rules for the entire group based on this policy. We also provided e-learning courses for all employees to enhance their foundational knowledge of legal compliance and labor management parameters.
In addition, we are strengthening our system for employee wellness and attendance management using IT, such as sending automatically generated alerts by email before an employee reaches the maximum hours of work or if they have not recorded their attendance at work.
As a result, we reduced the number of those who worked 80 hours or more overtime in a single month by more than 90% compared to the previous year (FY2018).
The Fujifilm Group Health Insurance Association collaborates with the Employee Wellness Promotion Group, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, to facilitate understanding the health status of each company from FY2016 by issuing a “Health Report” per company which summarizes and visualizes the data in numbers and graphs. For companies with high health risks, the department directly explains what that means to the management, thereby clarifying the health challenges each group company must address and reflecting them in their programs.
Addressing women’s health issues
Health consultation desk for female employees established
A female public health nurse provides advice to female employees based on consultations with in-house specialists (6 consultations in FY2019).
Female Health Seminars
—Female Health Seminar for Living to 100
We invited an outside gynecologist to hold a seminar titled “Women’s Health Management and Benefits to Society—Learn More! Women’s Body and Health Literacy.” The gynecologist spoke on women’s health issues, health risks by age group, and tips for working happily while maintaining good health. The seminar was held twice, once at the Tokyo Mid Town Head Office and once at Yokohama Minatomirai Center, and a total of 160 employees participated. Responses to the survey of participants included comments such as “I learned the importance of confronting one’s mental and physical state,” which reveals that there is growing interest in wellness and healthy work.
Material provided on the day of the seminar is posted on the in-house intranet.
In October FY2020, we hosted an online seminar titled “The Importance of Breast Cancer Screening” by radiologist Dr. Tokiko Endo, who standardized mammography screening in Japan and is working to further improve the screening rate and accuracy.
At the same time, Fujifilm’s mammography system developers explained the untold story behind its development. Around 450 group employees throughout Japan took part on the day of the seminar.
The seminar was highly praised as can be seen in the responses to the survey of participants, which included comments such as “I gained an understanding of not only breast cancer but also the importance of undergoing screening,” “it was informative because of the doctor’s careful explanation,” “I learned about Fujifilm’s products,” and “I will recommend that family members and people I know undergo screening.”
The video is available to employees throughout Japan via the in-house intranet health portal site.
At the Fujifilm Group, we are focusing on early detection and treatment as one priority area in cancer control measures and working to increase the gynecological cancer screening rate. By adding cancer screening to regular health checks and promoting educational activities, we are steadily increasing the screening rate throughout the group, and our goal is a 90% screening rate.
(Aid of up to 8,000 yen are provided by the Fujifilm Group Health Insurance Association for breast cancer screening and cervical cancer screening respectively.)