1960: ‘Girls’ Take Stretch Breaks At Tokyo’s Sony Factory
FLASHBACK to August 30, 1960:
Young girls at Japanese radio manufacturing plant in Tokyo, stretch in unison to the beat of a man blowing the whistle. The stretch break takes place twice a day and, according to company officials, raises the efficiency of the girls who assemble the miniature parts of transistor radios. The girls use microscopes to insert needle-like parts into the radios.
‘Stop working, take a deep breath, one, two, three, four.’ says a loud speaker. Then, you’ll see such a ‘mass yawning’ at the factory of Mitsumi Electric Company on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, shown May 7, 1963. Workers along assembly lines at the transistor radio parts maker take a brief break every hour in this unusual way. This was helped promote the company’s productivity, according to the company officials. (AP Photo)