ITOCHU Announces Development of the Health Management and Enhancement Support Mobile Application for Companies, Re:Body, in Cooperation with NTT DOCOMO; ITOCHU introduces the application for its employees starting from January 2017

January 10, 2017

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today that it had planned and developed the health management and enhancement support mobile application for companies, Re:Body, in cooperation with NTT DOCOMO, INC. (headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President & CEO; hereinafter “DOCOMO”) and Wellness Communications Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Yasuhide Matsuda, President & CEO; hereinafter “WCC”), one of ITOCHU’s group companies that carries out domestic health-related business. ITOCHU will launch the service in April 2017.

In recent years, insurance providers, including companies and health insurance associations, have been required to implement stress checks and data health plans with a strong focus on support for employers’ commitment to health management and the enhancement of their employees. In addition, with the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry selecting companies with outstanding health and productivity management*1 every year, more and more companies are seeking to reduce health and medical costs, increase operational productivity, and improve corporate values by enhancing employees’ health management.

Our newly planned and developed mobile application Re:Body enables you not only to check the results of your yearly health examination and compare them on a yearly basis but also to carry out centralized management of exercise and sleep data from docomo Healthcare, Inc.’s wearable device Moveband 3®, weight and body fat data by a physical composition measuring device, and daily lifestyle data, including dietary records. The mobile application enables you to check the primary numerical values necessary for health management. The mobile application also enables you to communicate with dietary professionals, such as registered managerial dietitians, and provides you with advice for improving your health and enables you to manage and check health-related data.

ITOCHU instituted the ITOCHU Health Charter to realize the continuous improvement of corporate values and focuses on improving healthiness as an important management strategy. In January 2016, ITOCHU was selected as a company with outstanding health and productivity management and actively carries out reforms for working styles and health-increasing measures, especially with the morning-focused working system. As part of such measures, in January 2017 ITOCHU will introduce Re:Body for the Style-Up Program*2 for about 100 employees under the age of 35 to improve their lifestyles, including their exercise and diet. ITOCHU will secure an environment in which such measures are available to all employees starting from April 2017.

In addition, from now on ITOCHU will provide many corporate customers with Re:Body as a health management solution tool for their employees through WCC’s client companies and health insurance associations, DOCOMO and ITOCHU’s corporate sales and marketing networks in an effort to make contributions to corporate health and productivity management and improving the health of employees.

  • *1The Health & Productivity Stock Selection is a system for evaluating and selecting companies taking a strategic approach to employees’ health management from the perspective of organizational management from among the companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a focus on six points—management policy, organizational structure, systems and measures, assessment and improvement, compliance, and risk management.
  • *2The Style-Up Program provides specialists online on a one-on-one basis for health instructions for a period of two to three months based on the data of the daily lifestyles of the target users of the Re:Body application to help them improve their lifestyle habits, including exercise and diet.

Overview of the Re:Body service

Overview of the Re:Body service