Health Maintenance and Improvement

Mazda is promoting Company-wide health improvement activities to maintain and enhance the health of Company employees emphasizing on reduction of health risks by conducting health checkups, and recognizing as priority issues on mental health measures, lifestyle improvements, aging countermeasures and health maintenance support overseas. Similar activities are promoted and supported at domestic Group companies.

Health Checkups*

In addition to legally prescribed health checkups for all employees, Mazda carries out comprehensive medical checkups covering a variety of areas for employees when they reach the ages of, 25, 30, and 35, and when they pass the age of 40. Furthermore, the Company conducts complete physical checkups*1, including gastroscopy and abdominal ultrasonography, for employees when they reach the ages of 50, 54, and 58. Based on the results of these health checkups, Company doctors determine if employees can continue to work or not. Mazda also promotes employees’ health by offering personal guidance and health education by Company doctors and occupational health nurses.

Health Checkup Data


  FY March 2013 FY March 2014 FY March 2015
Percentage of employees receiving health checkups 100% 100% 100%
Number of comprehensive medical checkups (ages 30, 35, 40 and more)
(Breast cancer and uterine cancer examinations are available upon request.)
11,560 11,267 12,184*2
Number of general regular medical checkups (excluding the above) 17,092 17,929 17,563
Number of specific medical checkups 2,000 1,980 1,879
Number of overseas medical checkups 376 484 453
Number of people receiving personal guidance on the basis of health checkup results
(including specific health guidance)
637 1,871 840

*1 Offerings checkups of the brain, the lungs, etc. as paid options.
*2 Checkup eligibility expanded to cover employees who reach the age of 25, since FY March 2015

Mental Health Measures*

In 2003, Mazda declared its commitment to active cooperation between labor and management to promote employees’ mental health in the Warm Heart Declaration, and formulated the Mazda Warm Heart Plan. In 2007, labor and management, including managements, respective divisions, Company doctors and occupational health nurses, and the Mazda Worker’s Union, cooperated to establish the Mental Health Project and construct a Company-wide support system.
Specifically, Mazda has strengthened training by level and division, as well as the consultations by Company doctors and health advisors.
Mazda has introduced occupational stress diagnoses known as “vitality checkups” for all employees to reveal individual and organization-level risks. The results of diagnoses are fed back not only to the individuals, while the result for organization is fed back to their divisions. Based on the results of these diagnoses, each division takes initiatives in promoting workplace improvements to prevent mental health problems.
For employees dispatched to other companies in Japan and overseas, Mazda offers stress diagnoses, on-site healthcare consultations, and consultations via video-conference system to support their health maintenance.
The Company is also making efforts to support employees who have taken time off from work not to be absence again by improving measures to support them in getting back to work. The measures are such as the reduce work hour system, a system of allowing them to return to workplaces on a trial basis, and follow-up consultations after their reinstatement.

<Examples of training and education>

  • ■ Listening skills training and advanced training targeting managers
  • ■ Self-care seminar targeting third-year employees
  • ■ Mental health training on demand of the workplace
  • ■ Mazda distributes copies of “Genki Tsushin,” a healthcare bulletin that provides employees with useful hints on self-care to help them live a healthy and lively life and imparts methods to strengthen resilience (Published five-time a year)

Number of Participants in Mental Health Training


  FY March 2013 FY March 2014 FY March 2015
Training for newly appointed managers 198 202 152
Training for managers
74 360 55
Training for thirdyear employees
(Self-care seminar)
114 136 232
Training by division
(at the division’s request)
265 405 312

Vitality Checkups (Results of brief investigation of occupational stress)


FY March 2013 FY March 2014 FY March 2015
93 95 93

Conducted since 2008 using the Brief Job Stress Questionnaire prepared by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). The above figures show the comprehensive risk value of Mazda Motor Corporation calculated when the national average value (announced by the MHLW) is assumed to be 100. (A smaller value indicates a smaller risk.)

Measures to Prevent Lifestyle-Related Diseases*

Non-Smoking Measures

Mazda has set a long-term target of reducing the percentage of smokers in the Company to 25%. To achieve this target, Mazda offers full individual support and promotes a nonsmoker-friendly environment. Since 2003, Mazda has had a Company-wide smoke-free day, which has been implemented once a month since FY March 2011. In addition, the provision of outside smoking areas is promoted to prevent passive smoking.

Lifestyle Improvements and Preventing Metabolic Syndrome

In April 2008, specific medical checkups and healthcare guidance became mandatory, and the Company has launched programs offering specific medical guidance (for both individuals and groups) by occupational health nurses and trainers. In FY March 2015, individual guidance was provided to 581 employees. In addition, a seminar on how to prevent and alleviate lifestyle-related diseases was held for employees under 40 years old (with 130 participants in FY March 2015).

Walking to Improve Health

To support the improvement of health through walking, Mazda promotes walking, with the goal of getting 50% or more of employees to achieve 10,000 steps a day. Specific measures include: the “10,000-step Challenge” (with the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day), which is held for indirect employees; providing tools on the Company Intranet that help employees record the distances they walk; establishment of an in-house walking course; and the “Light Muscle Training While Walking” event, which combines walking and light muscle exercise. Furthermore, the Company promotes walking through the Eco-Walk Commuting Program (with allowance payments).

<Light Muscle Training While Walking>

As part the Health and Hygiene Month activities conducted in October every year, Mazda holds a walking event during lunchtime using the in-house walking course. In FY March 2015, the event was entitled “Light Muscle Training While Walking.” By adding exercises, such as high knees, side twists, tiptoeing to walking, this event was intended to build up participants’ muscle strength and increase expenditure of calories (Around 200 employees participated in FY March 2015 event).

Encouraging Healthy Eating

Starting in FY March 2010, a new type of healthy meal that is low calorie, low salt, and uses high-fiber ingredients, is being offered as a regular part of the Company lunch menu. It is also applied to dietary instruction of specific health guidance.

Data on Measures to Prevent Lifestyle- Related Diseases


    FY March 2013 FY March 2014 FY March 2015
Antismoking promotion activities Percentage of employees who smoke 30.3% 30.6% 30.5%
Number of employees receiving nicotine patches / guidance 39 16 13
Walking activities Number of participants in the “10,000-steps Challenge”/ Percentage of employees who achieved 10,000 steps per day 8,607
Number of participants in Mazda Active Walking ■ Smile Course (2,000 km/year)
■ Steady Course (2,500 km/year)
■ Speedy Course (3,000 km/year)

Health Risk Measures*

Preventing Health Problems and Accidents Due to Overwork

In April 2003, Mazda initiated a system where Company doctors and occupational health  nurses conduct interviews with employees who work more than a certain amount of overtime and offer guidance to prevent potential sickness resulting from overwork.
In July 2007, Mazda started a No-Overtime Week system in which these employees are prohibited from working overtime and from working on holidays. The Company has also introduced a health status check tool called the SEE Check*3, which comprises health checks of members by supervisors.

Prevention of Falling Accidents and Measures to Help Aging Employees

Mazda has independently developed and introduced performance safety tests and fun exercises to prevent falling accidents and protect aging employees in production divisions. In comparisons between pre-introduction and post-introduction periods among employees 50 years of age or older, balance and alertness have improved. In divisions not directly connected to production, “Zoom-Zoom Stretching Exercises” for the maintenance and enhancement of sense of balance and leg strength is being implemented at each workplace so as to help employees develop healthy bodies and prevent falling accidents.
As the measures for aging of society, these initiatives are gaining attention in the occupational health field: information on the initiatives has been provided to the Japan Safety & Health Association, and research results have been presented at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the United States.

System for Health Maintenance Support Overseas

For employees on overseas assignment, Mazda carries out health checkups before they leave Japan and provides healthcare instructions after they return to Japan. While employees are working overseas, Mazda offers consultations via e-mail, telephone and the Internet to support their health maintenance, from the time they leave Japan to the time of their return. Moreover, every time a new overseas project is launched, the Company makes efforts to reduce the anxiety of assigned employees, by obtaining information on the healthcare situation of the relevant country and diseases endemic to the region, and showing specific measures to be taken when a health problem arises there.
In recent years, for employees assigned to work in an emerging country, Mazda has offered on-site healthcare consultations limited to the setup period of a production site. Company medical staff members are dispatched to the local site, where they are involved in early detection of, and responding to health problems through face-to-face communication.

* Initiatives at Mazda Motor Corporation
*3 Confirmation of sleeping habits (Are you getting enough sleep?), eating habits (Are you eating well?), and life enjoyment (Are you finding time for hobbies and enjoying life?).