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President’s Message
Newsletter "SEI WORLD" 2016 Vol. 468

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

Still Far from Signs of Autumn

Although some of you may feel that September is the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, the severe heat of late summer actually lingers even during this month, as indicated by the Japanese proverb meaning “summer heat and winter cold last until the equinox.” I’m writing this manuscript on an August weekend, and it’s blazing hot outside. Even inside of a building, however, I have sweaty palms when watching exciting events of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

As you may know, Mr. Hirooki Arai, competing in the men’s 50 kilometer race walk, became the first Japanese medalist in racewalking. In the men’s 4 x 100 meter relay, a Japanese team set a new Asian record and won the first silver medal in 88 years in a short-distance track event. As a member of a number of athletics organizations, I was very excited by these results.

Mr. Tomoya Tamura, who was the first employee of Sumitomo Electric to ever participate in an Olympic Games, competed as the second runner in the men’s 4 x 400 meter relay. Although his team unfortunately couldn’t advance to the final heat, we held a public viewing at our Itami Works, where he works, for the first time in our history. I hear that attended by his family, the event took place in a very lively atmosphere.

On the other hand, even during the Olympic Games, civil wars are going on in Syria and Yemen, and painful news stories are making the headlines around the world. Japan was able to end a war around this time 71 years ago. The Olympic Charter stipulates that the goal of the Games is to contribute to peace. In the Rio Olympic Games, a Refugee Olympic Team was organized for the first time ever, which I believe strongly encouraged many people to consider peace and conflicts.

On September 7, the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games began. The Japanese nobleman Fujiwara no Toshiyuki composed a poem that could be translated as follows: “Although nothing shows too clearly to my eyes that autumn has come, I am startled by the sound of the autumn wind.” However, it seems that it will be a while yet before we can feel that way.

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO


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