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Toppan's 110-year Journey Under wartime regulation during World War II, the entire industrial sector of Japan was under general mobilization for the war effort.

Chronology
1945 Toppan’s bid to the Ministry of Finance to print new designs for all Bank of Japan notes was accepted (¥1,000, ¥500, ¥100, ¥10, ¥5, ¥1)
1946 Itabashi, Fuji, and Osaka Plants designated as Ministry of Finance administered plants under the regulations for management of currency manufacturing plants (effective until 1952)
Postwar rush

After the war ended, Toppan was busy meeting demand from the government, such as printing Bank of Japan notes, postage stamps, and lottery tickets.
In October 1945, the Ministry of Finance at that time announced the production and issuance of new Bank of Japan notes whose designs would also be done by experts at private printing houses. For the designs of new yen banknotes, 47 entries were submitted from the Printing Bureau as well as from Toppan and other major printers for consideration by the Ministry, which ultimately selected Toppan’s designs for all six bills, the ¥1,000, ¥500, \100, ¥10, \5 and ¥1.
For postage stamps, because the Ministry of Finance’s printing presses and other equipment for producing stamps were destroyed in an air raid, the Printing Bureau was making some postage stamps at a banknote printing plant and others were outsourced to private printing companies. At that time, glue-less, unperforated stamps were called “third issues of the Showa series” and much of the portion consigned to private printers went to Toppan. Also, as soon as regional lottery ticket issuance was permitted, nine prefectures immediately issued regional recovery lottery tickets. Toppan got orders for printing those of three prefectures for the first formal regional lottery, Fukui, Kanagawa and Niigata.

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