The season of cherry blossoms has come. Have the cherry trees in your neighborhood come into bloom yet?
I feel that cherry blossoms in full bloom often remind us of some of our past important moments in life, such as graduation, school enrollment, new employment, and transfer to different divisions. In this season, there are many young recruits in the streets who have not yet been able to make themselves look comfortable in their new business suits. Watching such young people walking hastily along the streets lined by cherry trees in full bloom makes me smile, and at the same time, reminds me of my own immature days and warns me never to forget the ideals with which I started out.
Meanwhile, this issue covers our latest products and technologies to be exhibited at the 14th Fiber Optics Expo to be held this month.
In 1974, Sumitomo Electric established a pilot plant for manufacturing optical fibers at our Yokohama Works. In those days, right after the oil crisis, we had severe difficulty even applying for patents, due to the need for cost reductions. At that time, I was a member of a department related to powder alloys. When hearing that light could run through a very narrow glass tube with a diameter smaller than that of a strand of hair, and via this a large amount of information could be sent and received, I could not draw any pictures at all in my mind of what it would be like. To me, it sounded exactly like something in the distant future.
Forty years have passed since then. PCs, smartphones, and tablet PCs have now become a part of people’s daily lives. You can instantly collect necessary information from all over the world at your home and office. At the 14th Fiber Optics Expo, we will exhibit a wide variety of products that support optical communications, which have enabled a great deal of information to be sent and received. We sincerely look forward to seeing you at the venue.