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

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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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