Health Promotion Activities

Health issues and countermeasures

In conjunction with our medium-term management plan Chori Innovation Plan 2025, Chori is addressing the following five health-related issues.

Health issue 1

Measures for cancer and lifestyle-related diseases

The growing severity of cancer and lifestyle-related diseases not only affects lives, but also has a major impact on individuals, families, companies, and society. "If possible, we want to prevent diseases, we want to find diseases as soon as possible." Chori believes that early detection of cancer and the prevention of the serious illness of lifestyle-related diseases are of paramount importance.

①Early detection and treatment of cancer

Cancer screening

Target: 30-year-old/35-year-old or older
We conduct tests for stomach cancer, cancer of the lungs, cancer of the large bowel, cancer of the breast, cervical cancer, cancer of the Prostate, cancer of the livers, and cancer markers in a half-day medical checkup every year.

Self-extracting cancer examination

Target: Young employees not eligible for a half-day medical checkup or their families who are interested in undergoing the examination.
We use a mail-based, self-extracting method to test for cancer in the lungs, for cancer in the large bowel, and for HPV, without paying for own expenses.

Assistance for Ladies' Examination

Target: Young employees who are not subject to a half-day medical checkup
We provide subsidies for breast and cervical cancer screening.

Regular Breast Cancer Seminar (for women only)

Target: All female employees
Palm experiences using models are conducted to lead to early detection.

Participation in corporate action to promote cancer countermeasures and promotion of cancer examination

Target: All employees
Regular distribution of newsletters and other media to encourage employees to undergo cancer examinations.

Cancer screening rate
Stomach cancer 65% 65%
Lung cancer 96% 100%
Colon cancer 64% 65%
Uterine cancer 49% 75%
Breast cancer 56% 75%
Eligibility: All employees (however, women only in the category of endoscopy and breast cancer)
1. The target does not include 35% of young employees who are not subject to medical checkups for the stomach and large bowel cancer screening.
2. The target includes young employees for the lung cancer screening.
3. We are aiming to increase the cancer screening rate of young employees who are not eligible to undergo medical checkups for cervical and breast cancer.

②Countermeasures against the aggravation of lifestyle-related diseases

Based on the results of the annual half-day medical checkup for employees 30 years of age and 35 years of age or older, we have implemented three measures to prevent the seriousness of these diseases.

Managing High-risk employees

Target: Employees who are judged by industrial physicians to be highly likely to become seriously ill with lifestyle-related diseases if left unattended are recognized as "high-risk employees." The industrial physicians notify the employee.
Physician interviews are conducted at in-house health clinics to follow up on the status of appropriate treatment.

Specific health guidance

Target: Eligible employees for specified health guidance (metavos and their reserve army)
We are encouraging employees to undergo medical examinations and have prepared some options, such as attending in-house health clinics and programs that utilize ICT, in order to promote initiatives that will produce results.

Necessary detailed inspections and required re-inspections

Target: Employees who have been assessed by industrial physicians on the results of health checkups and have undergone necessary or re-examinations.
We will follow up on the status and results of re-examinations.

Changes in assessment results of medical checkup data (lifestyle-related)
No abnormal 28% 33% 35%
Health guidance 40% 37% 40%
Recommendation for consultation 26% 24% 20%
High risk 6% 7% 5%
High risk of severity, lower ratio of recommendation level

③Promotion of Moderate and Responsible Drinking and Absence of Smoking

Regarding alcoholic beverages and smoking, which are factors in lifestyle-related diseases, Chori has a high ratio of heavy drinking groups and a high ratio of boys smoking. Therefore, we are promoting initiatives for moderate and responsible drinking and non-smoking.

CHOI-Katsu (Companywide CHORI Innovation Activities)

Each department has set targets for moderate and responsible drinking
(Examples of specific initiatives: Parties to be completed at the first one, setting and ending time, etc.)

Moderate and Responsible Drinking Seminar

We invite outside lecturers to hold a "Moderate and Responsible Drinking Seminar" and conduct alcohol patch tests to deepen understanding of the impact of alcohol on the body.

Smoking cessation support system

Regardless of the success or failure of smoking cessation, we support smoking cessation by, for example, subsidizing the full cost of non-smoking outpatient treatment.

Smoking cessation guidance at in-house health clinics

Publication of ranking of liver function and smoking rate

The results of examinations are tabulated on a department-by-department basis, and using the mean values, γ-GDP and smoker numbers are simulated to a sumo number to create and publish a ranking table for each department, thereby promoting awareness of health.

Ratio of high-volume alcoholic beverages and the ratio of male smokers
Ratio of high-volume alcoholic beverages 17% 18% 15%
Male smoking rate 38% 36% 33%
Health issue 2

Improving health awareness

Chori are implementing a variety of measures under the theme of “Let's have fun to get healthy.”

Establishment of a health portal site

In June 2023, we released an internal health portal site utilizing PHR (personal health record) owned by Chori Health Insurance Association. Employees can confirm their own medical expenses, the results of health checkups and "Overall Evaluation" and "Health Level" based on the results of health checkups. They can also receive health advice based on this evaluation, as well as the ranking and graph of "Health Level Ranking" created based on age and gender.
Daily vital registration and the achievement of the mission set by the company accumulate points and can be exchanged for health goods.

Holding health events and seminars

CHOI-Katsu Health Promotion Subcommittee, single dormitories, labor unions, in-house health clinics, health insurance societies, and the Human Resources & General Affairs Department collaborate to hold various initiatives to promote health and raise awareness of health.
 - Departmental walking convention using the walking app
 - Health seminars regarding sleep condition and stretch classes held by outside instructors
 - Participating in WFP Walk the World (Charity Walk)

Number of health portal sites users
  As of August, 2023
Registration rate 46% 75% 90% 100%
Health issue 3

To promote mental health care

We are working to promote mental health care.

Implementation of stress checkups

We conduct stress checks in September of each year. If an employee is judged to be highly stressed, all eligibilities are contacted by in-house health clinics regardless of whether they wish or not to have a physician interview. If necessary, a physician conducts hearing and introduces external organizations to follow up.
Organizations with more than 115 comprehensive health risks in group analysis will be shared within the company, and the organization will be requested to respond to improvements. Individual interviews will be conducted by the Human Resources & General Affairs Department to confirm improvements.

Disseminating mental health information

On the first day of each month, we post the "Health of Everyone" on our intranet, and we select articles, videos, and other content related to mental health from the "Mental Ears" under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Comprehensive health risk
Risks related to operational burden 98 99 97 95
Workplace support 89 91 89 87
Comprehensive health risk 87 90 86 82
Risks related to operational burden (degree of burden and control of work) are on par with the national average, while workplace support (support from superiors and colleagues) is better than the national average. The overall health risk was 82 in fiscal 2023, compared to the national average of 100. Our goal is to maintain this status.
Health issue 4

To maintain and promote women's health

We are implementing measures related to women's health.

Seminars and information dissemination

"Health for Everyone" is posted on the company intranet on the first day of each month. In this program, we select and introduce related articles, videos, and other content from the "Website for Supporting Working Women" under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and conduct seminars specializing in women's health, such as the Breast Cancer Seminar.

Consultation Desk

We have set up a consultation service at our in-house health clinics located at our East and West headquarters.

Health issue 5

Working environment and working styles

We are working to promote a work-life balance.

Promote work-life balance (initiatives for managing working hours and taking leave)

Compliance with 36 agreements, reduction of long working hours, establishment of no overtime days, and setting of time for leaving the building for the entire company are all implemented to ensure proper management of working hours.
In addition to enabling individual work schedules such as teleworking and flextime, in order to maintain and promote health and to engage in work in better mental and physical conditions, we have established a system of legal annual paid holidays, seasonal holidays (five days a year), and refreshment holidays (once every five years) that encourage employees to take consecutive holidays.

Other initiatives

Establishment of in-house health clinics

Our in-hosue health clinics at the Tokyo and Osaka head offices make a significant contribution to employee health management.
A system is in place to give employees the opportunity to have consultations with a physician twice a week to provide treatment and assess the results of medical checkups.
In addition, our in-house nurses and public health nurses actively provide a broad range of in-depth health guidance tailored to each individual’s health condition, including specific health guidance.

Health Management Support for Employees Stationed Overseas and Their Families

Currently, there are around 60 employees and family members living overseas. As there are only a limited number of overseas facilities where employees can comfortably receive medical care in Japanese, we provide support led by our in-house health clinics for employees stationed overseas and their families.

  • We are aiming to achieve a rate of 100% of employees and their family members undergoing medical checkups.
    So that employees and their family members can undergo regular yearly medical checkups without exception, even while stationed overseas, we follow up with those that have yet to receive a medical checkup.
    Depending on the level of medical treatment available in the area in which employees are stationed, we have established a system in which individuals can receive medical checkups in neighboring countries or temporarily return to Japan for their checkups.
  • To prepare for sudden accidents or illnesses among employees based overseas, we have a contract with a support service company and have a system in place for such employees to utilize this service.
  • We regularly send Japanese food to support employees stationed overseas in areas where it is difficult to obtain.

Connection with Company Improvement Activities (“CHOI-Katsu”)

Since 2013, we have been implementing Chori Innovation Activities (“CHOI-Katsu”), whereby each year “staying healthy” is the goal. As part of the initiative, the Company has implemented improvement activities both Companywide and on the front lines.

  • The Health Promotion Subcommittee has been established as part of “CHOI-Katsu” to implement and hold Companywide walking events, yoga classes, and other activities.
  • On the front lines, annual health targets are set by each division, business department, and overseas office. We manage the progress of goals for developing enjoyable and healthy sporting habits; reducing alcohol consumption and tobacco use and weight loss; and achieving other related goals throughout the Company and regularly report the progress to the Board of Directors.

Groupwide Initiatives

In accordance with the Chori Health Declaration, we are implementing initiatives to promote the maintenance and improvement of Group employees’ health.
We have been encouraging the expansion of health and productivity management to Group companies, and three Group companies have been recognized as outstanding organizations in the category of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program.

Examples of initiatives
The Chori Health Insurance Society analyses the results of employees’ medical checkups from each Group company, identifies health issues, and shares the results with the respective companies.

External evaluations

Recognized under the 2023 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program
Chori was recognized under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program 2023. This program recognizes organizations that are excellent in considering the health management of their employees and strategically addressing health-related issues.
Certified as a Sports Yell Company in Fiscal 2023
In 2023, Chori was certified as a Sports Yell Company by the Japan Sports Agency. This certification recognizes companies that actively engage in sports as a means for promoting the maintenance and improvement of employees’ health.