About “Copying Machine Heritage”



The Imaging Society of Japan started a project to certify “copier heritage” in 2018. The purpose is to honor the technical and social achievements of the early copying machines that were the driving force behind the copying machine industry in Japan, and to preserve the memory of the technology installed in existing historical copying machines and pass it on to future generations. As you all know, the spread of copiers and printers that use electrophotographic technology has revolutionized office document processing operations. Researchers and engineers from companies involved in Japan’s information equipment industry have contributed greatly to the development of electrophotography technology, and the Imaging Society of Japan has supported them from an academic perspective.
We ask all members to understand the purpose of this “copying machine heritage” and to send us information about models that are candidates for inheritance and the owners who own them. We would appreciate your cooperation in introducing and recommending candidates. We welcome non-members to provide information that will lead to the discovery and recognition of heritage. For details, please refer to the letter of intent and application form.

 “Copier Heritage” prospectus:


The Imaging Society of Japan certifies “Copying Machine Heritage,” a historical heritage primarily related to copying machine-related technology, with the aim of carefully preserving historical copying machine-related technological heritage and passing it on to the next generation as a cultural heritage.

[Certification guidelines]

Specific objects and materials that show the history of copying machine-related technology that meet any of the following;
(1) Items that represent important achievements in the “history of progress” in copier-related technology (from an engineering perspective).
(2) Copy machine-related technology that has contributed to “national life, office work, culture, economy, society, and technical education.”
Please refer to the “Copier Heritage Prospectus” for detailed guidelines.

[Certification criteria]

Items that have contributed widely to copying machine-related technology and copying machine-related engineering, meet the above certification guidelines, and meet any of the following criteria.
(1) The object is distinguished by its uniqueness (e.g., it was the first to be developed, it was the first, it is the oldest in existence, it is a copier that was once widely used and there are very few extant copies) thing.
(2) Other features that have characteristics from the history of copier-related technology.
(3) Includes items that have already been recognized as monuments by museums, etc.

[Certification target]

As a general rule, the following items are certified:
(1) Landmark: Symbolic buildings, structures, and facilities related to copying machines.
(2) Collection: Copying machines and other image-forming devices and related equipment that have been preserved and collected.
(3) Documents: Copier-related documents with historical significance.
This does not apply only to so-called “electrophotographic copying machines”. The scope of certification is the area covered by the classification table of the copier heritage application form. The scope of coverage may be revised annually.