December 26, 2014,10:00 +0900(JST) On the Last Business Day of This Year
This year is coming to an end.
In the Oriental zodiac, 2014 was the year of kinoeuma, also called kou-go.
One theory says that the kanji character for kou represents a plant seed or sprout breaking through its hull, with the tip of that seed or sprout being observed from the outside. Meanwhile, the kanji character for go represents something gloomy trying to push up its cover in order to come up from deep underground into the air. This character has the meaning of opposition or resistance in Japanese. The business climate for the first half of this year was turning up, while it became stagnant and stalled in the latter half of the year. It can be said that this year was similar to the situation expressed by kou-go.
What will next year bring? Since it seems that the sluggish economy will continue for a while, we would like to steel ourselves and review once again the basics of our manufacturing business, especially in terms of safety and quality. We will continue to work very hard every day with the spirit of Banji-nissei (Do your sincere best in not only business but also every aspect of your life.)
I would like to conclude by expressing my sincere appreciation to you all for your guidance and support extended to the Sumitomo Electric Group again this year. Since the flu is going around, I hope that you will take care of your health, and that you will have a Happy New Year.