The April 1960 issue of Yamato Factory Bulletin magazine featured an article entitled, "Do You Have Great Skills That No One Knows About?" This article suggested that work-history notebooks should be created and distributed to all workplaces.
This work-history notebook was intended to be much like a diary. It was to allow each employee to share the hopes and passion invested in his or her hard work-and as well with the frustrations-with colleagues and supervisors alike. The notebook was to be kept at work for anyone to read, anytime. Its aim was to properly evaluate the individual's efforts and uncover any special skills that could be brought to the fore.