October 19, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) Autumn Ceremony to Welcome and Encourage New Staff Members

On October 3, we held an autumn ceremony to welcome and encourage our new staff members. The event was attended by those who had just entered the company that day and mid-career workers who had joined us in the first half of this fiscal year.

Compared with the ceremony held this spring, the number of participants, 55, was smaller, but it must have been a special day for each of them.

When each person's name was called in a solemn atmosphere, he or she replied "Yes!" From the serious look on their faces, we felt their expectations and enthusiasm for the future.

Presenting an appointment letter to the representative of the new staff members
Presenting an appointment letter to the representative of the new staff members

In my welcome address, I made the following three requests to the new members, by expressing my warm welcome and encouragement to them:

  1. Ensure that your work is based on the Sumitomo Spirit, understand it well, and implement it conscientiously;
  2. Strive to become professionals through constant efforts to improve and develop yourselves; and
  3. Take great care with your communication with others.

I hope that as members of the Sumitomo Electric Group they will pay close attention to their physical conditions and safety, and develop fulfilling and wonderful careers.

September 30, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) Sumitomo Electric Joins the Ikuboss Corporate Alliance

We have joined the Ikuboss Corporate Alliance, organized by the specified NPO Fathering Japan.

Advocated by Fathering Japan, ikuboss is an ideal boss model, referring to the top management and managers who consider the work-life balance of their subordinates and other staff members working with them, and support such staff members in developing their careers and enjoying their private lives, while generating desired achievements for their organizations, and enjoying their own careers and private lives as well. Naturally, this concept covers female leaders as well as male managers.

Under a pledge to promote diversity, we have long strived to establish a corporate climate in which all 240,000 employees of the Sumitomo Electric Group can fully demonstrate their capabilities as diverse human resources, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, and other social conditions. Since the concept of ikuboss totally matches our aim, we decided to join the alliance.

I hear that as of the end of August, the alliance has 96 member companies, including Sumitomo Electric. By joining the organization, we would like to learn from other member companies about their measures. We believe that this will help us further enhance awareness among managers, key players in their organizations, and thereby accelerate our diversity management.

  • Signing ceremony
    Signing ceremony
  • With Director Ando of Fathering Japan
    With Director Ando of Fathering Japan

September 29, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) Our Volleyball Team Wins the Championship!

One of the teams at our volleyball club won the cup in the 69th All-Japan Nine-Man Volleyball Industrial League Championship. This is the eighth time for the team to win the championship, for the first time in six years. Some members of the team visited me to report their victory.

Three teams from our volleyball club, each based at the Osaka Works, Itami Works and Yokohama Works, respectively, competed in the event, and the team from the Osaka Works advanced to the final heat and won the championship.

I hear that because the members work on different shifts, they have only two hours or so for their weekday training, forcing them to really focus during the training and attach great importance to efficiency.
The Osaka Works will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, motivating team members all the more to become the national champion in their anniversary year. They have successfully achieved their target.

At Olympic Games and other meets, volleyball teams usually comprise six players, leading some people to be less familiar with games with nine players. However, the sport has a long history; in Japan, this form became popular first and was the mainstream for a long time. Even today, many people in different age groups play nine-player volleyball, from elementary school kids to members of corporate teams belonging to the industrial league.

A feature of nine-player volleyball is that there are many positions and the appropriate division of roles is the key. Each player needs to fulfill their role properly in their respective position and make a series of passes through cooperation, thereby aiming for victory.
I feel that this overlaps with the approach that each employee at a company should adopt when working through collaborative efforts. I hope that the team members, who have gained this spirit through volleyball, will steadily bring a fresh breeze to their workplaces.

  • Team photography after the game
    Team photography after the game
  • Players reporting on their victory
    Players reporting on their victory

August 31, 2016,10:30 +0900(JST) End of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

The curtain fell on the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, which featured many touching moments. As I wrote in my blog previously, Mr. Tomoya Tamura, a member of our athletics club, competed in the games as the second runner in the men's 4 x 400 meter relay.

On the day of the event, we held a public viewing at the Itami Works. Although I could not participate in the event, it drew many board members and employees of Sumitomo Electric. The event was also attended by Mr. Tamura's family from Aichi Prefecture and Mr. Shinji Aoto from Chukyo University, who instructed him during his university days. I heard that everyone at the venue cheered their hearts out and yelled out to Mr. Tamura on the screen as loudly and enthusiastically as they could.

The result of the Japanese team was 3:2.95, 7th place in the first elimination heat and 13th of 16 competing teams overall. In a TV interview after the race, Mr. Tamura showed his disappointment with the result, commenting that he could not demonstrate his best performance.

This was the first Olympic Games for Mr. Tamura, and he was the first employee of Sumitomo Electric to ever compete in an Olympic Games. I guess the pressure that he felt as a representative from Japan was beyond imagination, but he made it through to the finish line. I hope that he will learn a lot from this invaluable experience and the frustration that he felt, in order to demonstrate an excellent performance at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Thank you very much for the generous support you gave him.

Cheering him on at the public viewing
Cheering him on at the public viewing

August 19, 2016,09:00 +0900(JST) Partners' Meeting

We held a partners' meeting this year again. The event was attended by representatives from many partner companies, which always provide generous support for our group's business.

The meeting consisted of two parts. In the first section, I gave a presentation on the outline of our group's business performance. Also, Managing Director in charge of procurement, Makoto Tani, explained our FY2016 procurement policy, while Managing Director Akira Nishimura described some topics regarding our Infocommunications business segment.
This was followed by a commendation ceremony of excellent partners. This year, I presented the representatives from three companies with crystal trophies and Japanese sake as a commemorative item.

In the second section of the event, we held a gathering, drawing approximately 200 persons from our partner companies, which always support our business. In a friendly atmosphere, the gathering served as a significant opportunity for participants to have a wider circle of interaction with each other.

The problem of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the EU arose, leading to the forecast that there will be great changes in the future environment. However, the meeting made me aware even more that now is the time when we need to further reinforce the ties with our partners in order to overcome a wide variety of difficulties.

With the award winners
With the award winners

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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