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President’s Message
Newsletter "SEI WORLD" 2016 Vol. 467

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

Running after Two Things at the Same Time

Although there are many depressing news stories both at home and abroad these days, the performance of Shohei Otani in one of the recent All-Star Japanese baseball games was amazing. Unfortunately, he did not take the mound, but he won the MVP for his marvelous performance as a batter. Every time I see his excellent performance, I think about possibilities of human beings’ capabilities. It is not so unusual for high school baseball players to be ace pitchers and the fourth batters. I feel, however that Shohei Otani is the only player who is displaying high-level performance in each category in the world of Japanese baseball today, where the division of the roles of pitchers and batters has been firmly established. I hope that he will continue to make a spectacular showing over many more years to come, without suffering injuries. He is often called a “two-sword fencer,” but I believe that it would be more appropriate to describe him as “running after two things at the same time,” although the former sounds better as a catchphrase.

The other day, one splendid athlete representing Japan announced his retirement. I became acquainted with him when he was seated next to me in a meeting. He was also kindly participated as a guest in an event for high school students that we held. Although I would hold back from mentioning his name here, he is a truly nice guy, described as a man of sturdy build.

Actually, he served not only as an athlete, but also as a professor, an organization board member, etc. Running after more than two things at the same time, he seemed to have difficulty in securing sufficient training time. Nevertheless, I heard that in order to encourage victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake, he competed in a meet for the first time in the past two years, and that he announced his retirement after his final meet. Although he has stopped running after one of the things that he had done so well previously, namely demonstrating outstanding performance as a world-class athlete, I would like to send him my hearty cheers and hope he will exert his capabilities in a wide variety of fields for the development of the Japanese sports world.

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

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