October 21, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) Visit to Vietnam

The other day, I visited Vietnam, a country showing remarkable growth.

Even during the Vietnam War, we did not close our office in Saigon (present-day Ho Chi Minh City) and continued our business in a wide variety of fields centering on electric wire construction and infrastructure development. At the time of Saigon's fall in 1975, however, our expats left Vietnam, barely escaping with their lives.

Aiming once again to enter the Vietnamese market, we founded a joint venture with a company affiliated with the country's government and began production of automotive parts in 1996, after the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was established. This company is the first of our 14 group companies, consolidated and non-consolidated, that currently operate in Vietnam. With approximately 34,000 employees, these companies contribute to local society.

While in Vietnam, I remembered the days when, as general manager of the automotive division, I had visited Hanoi a number of times and wrapped up negotiations for the company's establishment in 1996, with the spirit of ignoring minor differences in order to accomplish a common goal. These memories stirred my emotions very deeply, leaving me unable to describe how I felt.

Although it was just a four-day trip, staff members of some group companies in Vietnam, including locally hired executives, held a warm get-together for me each night. I was totally grateful for their hospitality. In addition, when I visited their plants, local executives gave me in-depth explanations, enabling me to see how hard all of the staff members were working. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to them all.

  • At Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products (Vietnam), Ltd.
    At Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products (Vietnam), Ltd.
  • Together with local staff members at a get-together
    Together with local staff members at a get-together

October 19, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) Autumn Ceremony to Welcome and Encourage New Staff Members

On October 3, we held an autumn ceremony to welcome and encourage our new staff members. The event was attended by those who had just entered the company that day and mid-career workers who had joined us in the first half of this fiscal year.

Compared with the ceremony held this spring, the number of participants, 55, was smaller, but it must have been a special day for each of them.

When each person's name was called in a solemn atmosphere, he or she replied "Yes!" From the serious look on their faces, we felt their expectations and enthusiasm for the future.

Presenting an appointment letter to the representative of the new staff members
Presenting an appointment letter to the representative of the new staff members

In my welcome address, I made the following three requests to the new members, by expressing my warm welcome and encouragement to them:

  1. Ensure that your work is based on the Sumitomo Spirit, understand it well, and implement it conscientiously;
  2. Strive to become professionals through constant efforts to improve and develop yourselves; and
  3. Take great care with your communication with others.

I hope that as members of the Sumitomo Electric Group they will pay close attention to their physical conditions and safety, and develop fulfilling and wonderful careers.

September 30, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) Sumitomo Electric Joins the Ikuboss Corporate Alliance

We have joined the Ikuboss Corporate Alliance, organized by the specified NPO Fathering Japan.

Advocated by Fathering Japan, ikuboss is an ideal boss model, referring to the top management and managers who consider the work-life balance of their subordinates and other staff members working with them, and support such staff members in developing their careers and enjoying their private lives, while generating desired achievements for their organizations, and enjoying their own careers and private lives as well. Naturally, this concept covers female leaders as well as male managers.

Under a pledge to promote diversity, we have long strived to establish a corporate climate in which all 240,000 employees of the Sumitomo Electric Group can fully demonstrate their capabilities as diverse human resources, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, and other social conditions. Since the concept of ikuboss totally matches our aim, we decided to join the alliance.

I hear that as of the end of August, the alliance has 96 member companies, including Sumitomo Electric. By joining the organization, we would like to learn from other member companies about their measures. We believe that this will help us further enhance awareness among managers, key players in their organizations, and thereby accelerate our diversity management.

  • Signing ceremony
    Signing ceremony
  • With Director Ando of Fathering Japan
    With Director Ando of Fathering Japan

September 29, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) Our Volleyball Team Wins the Championship!

One of the teams at our volleyball club won the cup in the 69th All-Japan Nine-Man Volleyball Industrial League Championship. This is the eighth time for the team to win the championship, for the first time in six years. Some members of the team visited me to report their victory.

Three teams from our volleyball club, each based at the Osaka Works, Itami Works and Yokohama Works, respectively, competed in the event, and the team from the Osaka Works advanced to the final heat and won the championship.

I hear that because the members work on different shifts, they have only two hours or so for their weekday training, forcing them to really focus during the training and attach great importance to efficiency.
The Osaka Works will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, motivating team members all the more to become the national champion in their anniversary year. They have successfully achieved their target.

At Olympic Games and other meets, volleyball teams usually comprise six players, leading some people to be less familiar with games with nine players. However, the sport has a long history; in Japan, this form became popular first and was the mainstream for a long time. Even today, many people in different age groups play nine-player volleyball, from elementary school kids to members of corporate teams belonging to the industrial league.

A feature of nine-player volleyball is that there are many positions and the appropriate division of roles is the key. Each player needs to fulfill their role properly in their respective position and make a series of passes through cooperation, thereby aiming for victory.
I feel that this overlaps with the approach that each employee at a company should adopt when working through collaborative efforts. I hope that the team members, who have gained this spirit through volleyball, will steadily bring a fresh breeze to their workplaces.

  • Team photography after the game
    Team photography after the game
  • Players reporting on their victory
    Players reporting on their victory

August 31, 2016,10:30 +0900(JST) End of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

The curtain fell on the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, which featured many touching moments. As I wrote in my blog previously, Mr. Tomoya Tamura, a member of our athletics club, competed in the games as the second runner in the men's 4 x 400 meter relay.

On the day of the event, we held a public viewing at the Itami Works. Although I could not participate in the event, it drew many board members and employees of Sumitomo Electric. The event was also attended by Mr. Tamura's family from Aichi Prefecture and Mr. Shinji Aoto from Chukyo University, who instructed him during his university days. I heard that everyone at the venue cheered their hearts out and yelled out to Mr. Tamura on the screen as loudly and enthusiastically as they could.

The result of the Japanese team was 3:2.95, 7th place in the first elimination heat and 13th of 16 competing teams overall. In a TV interview after the race, Mr. Tamura showed his disappointment with the result, commenting that he could not demonstrate his best performance.

This was the first Olympic Games for Mr. Tamura, and he was the first employee of Sumitomo Electric to ever compete in an Olympic Games. I guess the pressure that he felt as a representative from Japan was beyond imagination, but he made it through to the finish line. I hope that he will learn a lot from this invaluable experience and the frustration that he felt, in order to demonstrate an excellent performance at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Thank you very much for the generous support you gave him.

Cheering him on at the public viewing
Cheering him on at the public viewing

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC President CEO Masayoshi Matsumoto

Born in 1944 in Hyogo Prefecture, Masayoshi Matsumoto joined Sumitomo Electric in 1967. After serving as General Manager of Chubu District Office, Managing Director and Senior Managing Director, he assumed office of President and CEO in June 2004.

His leisure activities include jogging, reading and art appreciation. Also a seasoned athlete, he played baseball in junior high school and practiced judo in senior high school. In university, he threw the javelin competitively and participated in all-Japan inter-university competitions.

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