Corporate History

A brief overview of DNP’s evolution from its founding in 1876 to the present


1The Birth of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

Shueisha, the predecessor of DNP, was founded in Ginza, Tokyo in 1876. In 1935, Shueisha made a fresh start by merging with Nisshin Printing Co., Ltd. to form Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.


2Entering a New Era

DNP responded to intensified labor movement activities in the printing industry following World War II by promoting labor-management cooperation and by moving boldly into fields other than book and magazine printing.


3Rapid Progress in Response to Dramatic Economic Changes

DNP handled the design and production of numerous pavilions at the Japan World Exposition 1970 in Osaka. The experience gained there served as a springboard for broadening the arena in which DNP’s planning department was active.


4Taking on the Future

In addition to channeling energy into our multimedia business, we also commercialized a range of new products, including smart cards, thermal transfer printing media and color filters for liquid crystal displays.


5Playing an Important Role in the Advancement of Information Society

Having judged the advent of a knowledge-based society to be a golden opportunity for business expansion, DNP started to focus on solution-oriented businesses, including the Internet and information processing services (IPS).


6Contributing to Society based on Prosperous, and Emergent Evolution

DNP developed its public relations activities on the basis of the brand statement: “Today’s Innovation is Tomorrow’s Basic.” We aim to develop new products and services that contribute to solving society’s problems.


7Aiming to Realize DNP's Third Corporate Founding

Making use of its strengths in Printing & Information (P&I), DNP will continue to deliver new value to society through Taiwa (dialogue) and cooperation with its many partners.