April 17, 2015,13:00 +0900(JST) Inari Festival in the Rain

Every year on the first Sunday in April, to mark the anniversary of the founding of Sumitomo Electric, we celebrate the Inari Festival at all our works in Japan -- "Inari" is a deity that concerns the agriculture, commerce and industry. This year, I attended the festival held at the Itami Works.

Although it had begun getting warmer and warmer in the previous week, it rained and was cold on the day of the event, as the weather forecast had predicted. While it rained gently in the morning, it started raining heavily some time after the Shinto ritual began. The sound of the strong rain beating on our tent almost prevented us from hearing the voice of the Shinto priest reciting the prayer.

I remember that it was cold at the Inari Festival last year and the year before that as well. This year again it was chilly. I'm sure there is a deity that has the power to control the weather, and so I assume there must have been some reason for this. Still, it's a pity that the cherry blossoms in full bloom on the grounds of the works were being battered by the strong rain and that some of them were falling.

April 17, 2015,11:40 +0900(JST) Spring Ceremony to Welcome and Encourage New Staff Members

This year again we welcomed new staff members. The ceremony held on April 1 to welcome and encourage them was attended by a total of about 300 people, including those who just graduated from school this spring and those who had joined us since last autumn.

At the ceremony, I asked the attendees to do the following three things: (1) master the basics of their work and follow them conscientiously; (2) strive to become professionals through constant efforts to improve and develop themselves; and (3) take great care with their communication with others. Of particular note is (1), which is the very first thing that I have referred to in the ceremonies held over the past few years to welcome and encourage new employees.

Although only small jobs will be assigned to new employees at first, I hope that they will work conscientiously and always do their best. We cannot allocate big jobs without worry to those who cannot complete small jobs in a way faithful to the basics. I would like new employees to complete their designated assignments steadily and build up their achievements step by step.

Seeing young people working earnestly provides a stimulus to senior staff like me. It reminds us of the pure passion that we had when we were young, which motivates us to carry out our daily responsibilities with a fresh perspective.

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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