History of Mechanization and Organizational Change in the Life Insurance Industry in Japan (Examples from Dai-ichi Life, Nippon Life, Imperial Life, Meiji Life)

  • Shunei NorikumoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 193)


This research explores the history of managed machines in the life insurance business in Japan and explores how the technological innovations of the times have changed and impacted organizational and human resource development. The purpose of this research is to derive clues on how organizations and people should adapt to the next generation of innovations. The period about a century ago will be focused on. This was a time when the world’s political, economic, and financial conditions were worsening, and major Japanese life insurance companies created the mechanization of management which was to become the foundation of today’s information technology. The research explores the organizational decisions that were made before and during the war, when the supply of parts faced difficulty.


Management information systems Organizations Artificial intelligence Life insurance industry Decision-making 



This research is part of the research results that received the “Management Science Research” award from the Japan Business Association in 2019.

I would like to express my gratitude for the support of the foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Osaka University of CommerceOsakaJapan

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