August 26, 2015,08:35 +0900(JST) Mr. Tamura Also to Compete in the World Athletics Championships!

 I have already let you know that Yuta Konishi, a member of our athletics club, was selected as a representative of Japan for the World Athletics Championships being held from August 22 in Beijing, China. Now, I'm pleased to announce that Tomoya Tamura has also been selected as a representative of Japan for the event. He is listed in the 4 × 400 m relay member of Japan. I'm truly proud that two members of our athletics club represent Japan at the world's most prestigious meet.

 Mr. Tamura, who joined Sumitomo Electric this year, finished third in the men's 400 m at the Japan National Championships (in June). In addition, he represented Japan at the Japan-China-Korea Friendship Athletics Meeting (in July), and as the first runner in the men's 4 × 400 m relay, he contributed to Japan winning the title. At the beginning of August, he was selected as a candidate to represent Japan at the World Athletics Championships.

 However, as of August 8, when we held a pep rally, the right for Japan to compete in the 4 × 400 m relay at the championships had not been secured yet. Accordingly, it had not been formally settled whether Mr. Tamura could compete in the event or not. Actually, the encouragements for him from many people contained the conditional phrase "if he competes in the meet...." Now that his participation has been finally settled officially, I'm sure that he is preparing for the race with a clear mind.

 At the pep rally, Mr. Tamura greeted participants, saying that he was actually surprised that everything was going ahead without a hitch. But I feel that it is important for him to accelerate his momentum. It might be too demanding if I tell him to stay calm when he competes against the world's top ranked athletes whom we often see on TV. However, I hope that he will fully demonstrate his capabilities in good condition.

Left: Mr. Konishi; right: Mr. Tamura
▲ Left: Mr. Konishi; right: Mr. Tamura


August 6, 2015,17:10 +0900(JST) Group Activities as a Lifeline for Manufacturers

On July 15, a presentation event of group activities (G-katsu) was held at our Osaka Works. The six groups selected as representatives from among our business units and other organizations presented their daily activities and results.

The highest award was granted to the group from the Hitaka Works of J-Power Systems Corporation (JPS). This was the first time for the company to participate. I feel that a good point about the team was that they presented their theme in an easy-to-understand way, for example, incorporating an anecdote of a member with a technical problem having conceived a good idea for improvement when walking his dog.

This time, as a special occasion, members of the "Zero-Line" group from Sekisui Seikei Co., Ltd. were invited to the event, where they presented their efforts. According to the team, by fully observing the principle of Genchi-Genbutsu (actual place, actual thing), and repeating factor analyses and hypotheses testing, they had finally generated excellent results. I feel that their presentation stimulated members of the Sumitomo Electric Group. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for their wonderful presentation.

With members of the representative groups. I'm carrying the mascot doll of JPS Hitaka Works, whose team won the highest award.
▲ With members of the representative groups. I'm carrying the mascot doll of JPS Hitaka Works, whose team won the highest award.

The Sumitomo Electric Group operates in about 40 countries in the world and has 240,000 employees. What should be done to maintain and improve the entire group's level of SEQCDD*, and supply competitive products and services to the market? What should be done to enhance the motivation of the members, make manufacturing sites even stronger, and raise the unity of the group? One effective solution is G-katsu, which plays an important role in developing human resources, invigorating workplaces, and solving a wide variety of problems.
*Safety, Environment, Quality, Cost, Delivery, and Research & Development

Meanwhile, in the morning of the same day, two company groups highly recognized at the G-katsu presentation event held in China visited me at the Osaka head office. G-katsu is becoming active among our affiliated companies in China as well, with a presentation event in the country marking its 9th anniversary this year. The Chinese event staff told me that the level was increasing year by year, which raised my expectations for them.

With members from Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products (Suzhou) Ltd. and Huizhou Zhurun Wiring Systems Co., Ltd.
▲ With members from Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products (Suzhou) Ltd. and Huizhou Zhurun Wiring Systems Co., Ltd.

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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