1 | The Birth of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Shueisha, the predecessor of DNP, was founded in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1876, shortly after Japan's Meiji Restoration.
The impetus for its establishment came from the founders' passionate desire to help raise the level of people's knowledge and culture through letterpress printing.
Shueisha's first major job was the printing of a revised Japanese translation of Samuel Smiles' “Self-Help,” which became a best seller and imparted courage to young Japanese. It was the first Western-style book made entirely in Japan, with Shuseisha even developing the paperboard used for the cover.
In 1886, Shueisha built a factory in Tokyo's Ichigaya district. In 1923, after the Great Kanto Earthquake, the Company's head office functions were consolidated in Ichigaya. In the late 1920s, the introduction of low-priced collections of literary works led to the "one-yen book boom." After it ran its course, Japan's printing industry faced hard times. In 1935, Shueisha made a fresh start by merging with Nisshin Printing Co., Ltd. to form Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
||Oct.||9||Shueisha, the predecessor of Dai Nippon Printing, founded in Ginza, Tokyo|
||－||Printed revised edition of “Self-Help,” translated by Masanao Nakamura, the first book with Western-style binding made entirely in Japan using letterpress printing|
||Jan.||－||Adopted first company rules, expressing the founders' intentions to contribute to civilization through printing|
||Jul.||－||Began casting printing type|
||Sep.||－||Founded Seibundo and began selling printing type|
||Nov.||－||Built Ichigaya Plant in Tokyo|
||Jan.||17||Teiichi Sakuma became president|
||Feb.||－||Began printing the "Kokumin Shimbun" daily newspaper. Established a branch factory within Minyusha in Tokyo|
||Feb.||28||Teiichi Sakuma enlisted the help of a co-founder, Hisanari Yasuda and established Insatsu Zasshi Co., Ltd., which issued "Printing Magazine"|
||Jan.||19||Shueisha established and registered as a joint stock company|
||Dec.||22||Completed expansion of main factory, Japan's first building using a steel frame and bricks|
||Apr.||30||Used intaglio plates to print 100-yen Osaka Municipal port construction bond certificates (followed by printing of 500-yen certificates as well)|
Nisshin Printing Co., Ltd.|
Opened Enokicho Plant
||Aug.||10||Issued “Type Specimens”|
||Feb.||－||Completed matrix using Western point-based sizing (for 9-point type)|
Specimens” of size 2 type (based on Japanese sizing system)|
Completed third revision of Shueitai font
|1916||Apr.||－||Began offset printing with the introduction of our first 788x1091mm offset printing machine|
||Sep.||1||Head office and type sales department burned in the Great Kanto Earthquake|
|Oct.||15||Moved head office to Ichigaya, Tokyo|
Launch of “King” magazine by Dai-Nippon Yubenkai
Kodansha (currently Kodansha Ltd.). Shueisha was chosen to print "King."|
Established a framework for mass production
won the contract for printing an anthology series of modern Japanese
literature issued by Kaizosha.|
Start of the “one-yen book” boom
|Jul.||10||Launch of Iwanami paperbacks (by Iwanami Shoten, Publishers)|
|Nov.||26||Opened Ginza type sales office at current site of Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg)|
|Dec.||30||Opening of Japan’s first subway line (from Ueno to Asakusa)|
||Sep.||12||Nisshin Printing Co., Ltd. acquired Tsujimoto Shashin Kogeisha. Began Japan's first gravure printing in primary colors|
||Oct.||1||Nisshin Printing Co., Ltd. opened Osaki factory|
Changed name to Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. following merger between Shueisha and Nisshin Printing Co., Ltd.
Giichi Masuda became president
||May||24||Hiromu Aoki became president|
|Dec.||8||The Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor; start of the Pacific War|
||Dec.||23||Chokichiro Sakuma became president|
||－||Launched the Technical Research Laboratory|