July 26, 2012,17:06 +0900(JST) U.K. and Associated Episodes
I have purchased new curtains and lamps to match the yew tree furniture that I used when I was stationed in the U.K. Along with the new items, the furniture is now placed in one of the rooms in the head office. Let me tell you once again about the furniture.
The bookshelf, which doesn’t hold many books right now, goes very well with the color tone of the room, reminding me of my days in U.K. Last April, I wrote about the furniture in the blog titled “Yew Tree and Associated Episodes.” Since the furniture would be no longer used at the U.K. office, I asked my staff to send the furniture to Japan to use it in a parlor especially for guests from foreign countries.
When I was stationed in the U.K. as the president of our local corporation, I had many staff under me, and was tasked with managing our entire Europe area. I was enthusiastic about creating a “mini Sumitomo Electric” in Europe. To make my determination known to all my staff, I purchased a building situated on the street backing onto Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes had once “lived.” The building we bought as our London base had been the private residence of the former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Perhaps it was only to be expected, but the building was totally empty of furniture when we bought it, so I had a local manager arrange to buy the necessary furniture, which is what I am now introducing. The pieces are all very imposing, made of wood from the yew tree, which I heard is renowned as a high-grade material for its strength and hardness.
Even though years have passed and my position has changed, sitting at the table still reminds me of my burning ambition in those days. Our current business environment has some harsh elements, both domestically and internationally. However, I’d like to take a step forward towards our goal, with the determination that “if you look back on what you have done and you find that you are right, you should not hesitate to step forward, even if you are surrounded by 10 million opponents.”