National Safety Week in Japan is observed from July 1 through July 7. According to the website of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, this year marks the 90th National Safety Week.
Two wall newspapers in the Prange Collection celebrate National Safety Week.
The first, “Anzen Eisei Kabe Shimbun,” was issued in June 1948 by Nihon Sangyo Fukuri Kyokai/日本産業福利協会. The headline reads, “The beginning of National Safety Week: Let’s maintain a safe and healthful workplace.” It asks readers to do whatever they can to secure a safe work environment and encourages readers to do a deep-cleaning of the workplace during this week.
The second, also “Anzen Eisei Kabe Shimbun,” was issued in June 1949 by Sangyo Rodo Fukuri Kyokai/産業労働福利協会. It celebrates the 23rd National Safety Week. It emphasizes that absolute workplace safety has not be achieved and that the number of accidents in workplaces varies from year to year. At the bottom of poster is the proverb, “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” with the warning that that type of attitude contributes to workplace accidents. A stamp by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) indicates that 1,000 copies were printed.
Both wall newspapers were designed by Enomoto Masao. Click the images to enlarge. These wall newspapers have been digitized and are available in the Prange Collection. Please contact us if you would like to view them.