Corporate History


2 | Entering a New Era


World War II ended in August 1945. Although most of central Tokyo had become scorched earth, the Company's Ichigaya factory fortunately remained undamaged.
People had a craving for things to read that resulted in a postwar boom in the publishing industry. Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) was inundated with orders and increased production capacity at the Ichigaya plant in order to meet demand.
At the same time, the labor movement intensified its activities in the printing industry. The situation became so serious that the Company's management was destabilized. The Company decided to respond by promoting labor-management cooperation and by moving boldly into fields other than book and magazine printing, such as paper containers, film packaging, decorative materials and business forms.
The latter half of the 1950s saw a boom in the launching of new weekly magazines, beginning with "Shukan Shincho." Previously, weekly magazines had been issued only by newspaper companies, which had the capacity to move around and gather information, but once DNP began to increase its production capacity to meet the needs of publishing companies, they also gained the ability to issue weekly magazines.

New Bank of Japan 10-yen noteNew Bank of Japan 10-yen note

Checking print quality on paper cartonsChecking print quality on paper cartons

Inaugural issue of Shukan Shincho, the first magazine published by a publisherInaugural issue of Shukan Shincho, the first magazine published by a publisher

Successful production of prototype shadowmasks for color televisionsSuccessful production of prototype shadowmasks for color televisions

May27   Having come through the war undamaged, DNP’s Ichigaya Plant was placed under the control of the army, navy and finance ministry
Mar. 8  The Ichigaya, Shibata, and Akita Plants were placed under the control of the finance ministry and began printing paper money ("A" 10-yen certificates)
Oct. 5  Opened Kyoto Plant in Kyoto’s Ukyo Ward
May  Listed shares on Tokyo Stock Exchange
Sep.   Began printing stock certificates at Enokicho Plant
Nov. 10  NHK (Japanese national broadcasting company) began experimental television broadcasts
Nov.  -  Established paper container plant within Kyoto factory; entered the paper containers business
Jun. 16  Announced five-year reconstruction plan aimed at expanding fields of business
Jul.  -  Began specialized printing on vinyl, cellophane, cloth and other materials
Aug.  Received orders for printing decorative paper with patterns; entered decorative materials field
Nov.  Osaki Plant reopened as a dedicated paper containers production facility
Jul.  Received orders for production of cigarette box packaging
    Succeeded at producing endless plates for multicolor gravure printing; began printing decorative melamine plate
Sep. 26  Acquired New Tokyo Securities Printing Co., Ltd. and dedicated its facilities (predecessor of our Oji Plant) to specialized printing
Nov.   Japan's first supermarket, Kinokuniya, opened in Aoyama, Tokyo
Dec.   Began printing of film packaging at Osaki Plant
Jan. 18  Orie Kitajima became president
Oct. 23  Began printing of business forms at Enokicho Plant
    Printed "Kojien" dictionary (Iwanami Shoten, Publishers, May 1955) using our own Shueitai font
Feb.   Printed the inaugural edition of “Shukan Shincho,” the first weekly magazine issued by a publishing company in Japan
Sep. 1 Opened Osaka plant. Acquired Nihon Seihan Co., Ltd.
Aug.  10  Opened the Oji Plant, which specialized in film packaging
Aug.  Printed Chicken Ramen bags for Nisshin Foods
Oct.   Became first in Japan to succeed in producing prototypes of shadowmasks used in color televisions
Feb.   Toshiba Corp. unveiled the first made-in-Japan color TV, with sales to the public beginning in July 1960
Mar. 17   First editions of manga magazines aimed at young people: "Shonen Magazine" published by Kodansha and "Shonen Sunday" by Shogakukan Inc. DNP won both printing contracts
Nov. 21   Began mass production of shadowmasks
    Succeeded in producing prototypes of photomasks (original plates for making semiconductor circuits)
Jul. 30  Opened plant in Saitama Prefecture, specializing in electronics devices
Sep. 30   NHK and four other broadcasters began color television broadcasts
Apr. 24  Established Kyushu Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Aug.  10  Established Dai Nippon Polymer Co., Ltd. (currently DNP Technopack Co., Ltd.) and began blow-molding of bottles
Aug. 21  Established Central Research Institute
Sep. 1   Acquired Kita Nihon Printing and Paper Co., Ltd. and renamed it Hokkaido Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Dec.   Succeeded in printing in color directly onto copper plate for the first time in Japan
Jul.  20  Established Metalprint Co., Ltd. (currently DNP Ellio Co., Ltd.) as a joint venture between DNP and Fuji Iron & Steel (currently Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.)
Sep.  Began producing paper cups