April 17, 2017,09:00 +0900(JST) Ceremony to Welcome New Staff Members

On April 3, we held our company entrance ceremony to welcome 297 new members.

In attending the ceremony, the newcomers took their first step as working professionals, and I guess they felt a mix of hope and anxiety. Looking back at my own past, I joined this company just as they did, now exactly half a century ago. Since then, I have experienced many ups and downs in my career, while coping with each difficulty with sincerity. With these memories in mind, I offered my congratulations and encouragement to all the new, somewhat nervous-looking employees. My message can be summarized as follows:

  1. Ensure that your work is based on the Sumitomo Spirit, master the basics of your work, and follow the basics conscientiously (Follow the tenets of the Sumitomo Spirit, namely Banji-nissei, [Do your sincere best not only in business but also in every aspect of your life]; Fusu-furi [Don't act rashly or carelessly in pursuit of easy gains]; and Shinyo-kakujitsu [Place prime importance on integrity and sound management].)
  2. Strive to become a professional through constant efforts to improve and develop yourself (Always try to be aware of a wide variety of problems, and aim higher)
  3. Take great care with your communication with others (Diversity is essential to a global company. Establish an extensive network involving a wide variety of people.)
  • Presenting an official announcement of appointment
    Presenting an official announcement of appointment
  • Our new employees
    Our new employees

I hope that the new employees will always bear these points in mind when working on their daily tasks. I also hope that they will take great care for their health and safety, and lead fulfilling lives as working professionals both in their careers and private lives.

April 14, 2017,09:00 +0900(JST) Inari Festival

On Sunday, April 2, we held the Inari Festival at all our works in Japan, celebrating the anniversary of our founding. This year, I attended the ceremony held at the Itami Works. In the solemn ceremony held at the Shinto shrine established at the works, together with representatives from various workplaces, I offered earnest prayers for the safety and health of all our employees, and the prosperity of our business.

In Tokyo, cherry blossoms are now in full bloom, but in western Japan, the flowers are a little late in blooming this year. Festival participants, who had looked forward to enjoying the cherry blossoms at the Itami Works, seemed to be a little sorry to see the flowers still in their buds. Partly because of the fine weather, however, the festival attracted more than 1,000 participants, including some of our employees and their families and local residents. Everyone enjoyed a wide variety of entertainments and refreshments.

  • At the Inari Festival
    At the Inari Festival
  • People enjoying the refreshment stands
    People enjoying the refreshment stands

To mark our 120th anniversary, at this year's Inari Festival we planted a commemorative tree. The tree is a Japanese white pine, whose flowers symbolize perpetual youth and longevity. Although the pine tree is now as tall as a person, it will gradually grow larger with its roots firmly fixed in the soil and its branches stretching out despite wind and snow. Like this tree, we would like to further grow our business and achieve exceptional development by providing useful products for people and society.

Planting a commemorative tree
Planting a commemorative tree

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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