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The DAIICHIKOSHO Group is working to create safe and comfortable environments where anybody can enjoy karaoke as an accessible leisure activity. The Group is also actively tackling social issues through karaoke and music.

■Promoting health through karaoke

Supporting healthy lifestyles for the elderly

As Japan’s population declines and its society ages, extending healthy life expectancy and reducing workloads in nursing care settings are major issues that need to be addressed in order to optimize social security spending.
To prepare for Japan’s rapidly aging society, we developed and started promoting the DK ELDER SYSTEM in 2001 with the aim of using our core karaoke business to support the health of Japan’s elderly. The DK ELDER SYSTEM uses our DAM online karaoke machines to provide functional training programs and preventive nursing care. Based on the concept of musical, physical and visual stimulation, the system includes a wide range of songs and musical content that allow nursing care staff to develop enjoyable recreational and functional fitness sessions that participants are likely to continue, while also reducing the workload of facility staff. For public facilities, the system can be used to create preventative care classes that help revitalize local communities and prevent seniors from becoming frail. As of June 30, 2022, a total of more than 25,000 private nursing homes and public welfare facilities had introduced the system, with more facilities likely to follow suit.
Our aim is to use the DK ELDER SYSTEM to help solve some of the issues faced by Japan’s rapidly aging society today.

< Number of facilities that have introduced DK ELDER SYSTEM >

< Initiatives in the elder business >

Providing outsourced preventive nursing care services
The DAIICHIKOSHO Group provides fun and sustainable health and fitness programs for the elderly through its DK ELDER SYSTEM on an outsourced basis to a large number of local governments.

Preventive nursing care session, Nakano Ward, Tokyo

Izumisano Genki Class, Izumisano City, Osaka

□Joint research with universities and other companies
University / company name Research period Research content
Tohoku Fukushi University September 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011 Study into the impact of karaoke systems on health, preventive nursing care and community building
June 2014 – March 2015 Study into the functional efficacy of music + fitness programs using the DK ELDER SYSTEM
Tsurumi University December 2011 – April 2012 Study into the functional efficacy of singing using the DK ELDER SYSTEM
■International journal of BioPsychoSocial Medicine
Kobe University March 2014 – March 2015 Study into the creation of local communities for the elderly using the DK ELDER SYSTEM
Tsukui Corporation September 2016 – March 2017 Research related to preventing a decline in cognitive capability and alleviating the symptoms of BPSD
September 2017 – March 2018 Research related to preventing a decline in cognitive capability and alleviating the symptoms of BPSD (Phase 2)

□Participation in government projects
(1) Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Project to create industries that extend healthy life expectancy
<FY2015 Healthy Lifespan Extension Industry Creation Promotion Project>

Local governments Details
Fukushima City, Fukushima FY2015: Project to detect early symptoms of diabetes and dementia and prevent symptom progression

<FY2016 Healthy Lifespan Extension Industry Creation Promotion Project>

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Kobe City, Hyogo FY2016: Trial project to build an autonomous, comprehensive local care system through new industry creation
Sendai City, Miyagi FY2016: Health initiatives and job placement matching to create societies with opportunities for the elderly during their whole lifetimes
Wako City, Saitama FY2016: Active lifestyle project for Wako citizens

(2) Ministry of Education: Super Professional High Schools

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Osaka City, Osaka FY2015: Fostering professionals who can create new value to address the challenges of Japan’s super-aging society

(3) Japan Sports Agency
< FY2021 Sport in Life Promotion Project >

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Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture Field trial to resolve issues preventing participation in sports
Project to create new sporting environments for seniors using digital content
Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture
Seto City, Aichi Prefecture
Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture
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Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture Project to boost participation in sports across target groups
Building inclusive communities through sports x SDGs
Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture

<FY2022 Sport in Life Promotion Project>

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Gamagori City, Aichi Prefecture Integrating sports into daily life through exchange and communication between the generations! Bringing communities together to get healthier! "Dance de exercise" project that senior citizens and young people can enjoy taking part in together

(4) Fukuoka Health Lab
< FY2018 Fukuoka Health Lab Test Project >

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Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture Health and vitality class using karaoke equipment

(5) Osaka Prefecture
< FY2022 Osaka Smart Senior Life Project >

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Sakai City, Sayama City,
Izumikawa Nagano City
Music health classes utilizing the DK ELDER SYSTEM

□Participation in the Japan Music Health Association
DAIICHIKOSHO was a key driver in the establishment of the Japan Music Health Association in July 2014. The association was set up to harness the power of singing and music to extend healthy life expectancy, a major issue facing Japan. As the founding company of the association, DAIICHIKOSHO has been involved in various projects since it was established.

Study into the effectiveness of karaoke in stress relief

DAIICHIKOSHO and NTT Communications Corporation conducted a joint study into the effectiveness of karaoke in reducing stress as part of stress management strategies to support company health management. The study was conducted between January 15 and February 28, 2018 and involved 121 employees of NTT Communications. Each employee was required to take part in karaoke at least once each week and sing for one hour or longer each time. Stress levels were monitored to detect any changes.
The study showed that negative feelings declined and positive feelings increased after karaoke sessions, leading to an improvement in stress levels that also increased motivation on a daily basis. Based on the results of the study, we plan to develop karaoke programs for corporate clients to help them maintain the mental and physical wellbeing of their employees.