On August 2, I attended the Sumitomo Electric Group's Global Group-wide Kaizen Activity (G-katsu) Presentation and Group Global Award Ceremony.
The Global G-katsu Presentation Competition lasted from the morning until 15:00.
Launched in 1958, our G-katsu marked its 61st anniversary this year. Today, it involves 38,000 employees from 179 companies throughout the world. At this year's event, I listened to presentations by a total of 10 teams: six from Japan and four from North America, Europe, ASEAN and China.
Since each region has its own culture, I think that it's difficult to spread such an initiative as G-katsu outside Japan,which is actually what I felt when working abroad as an expat. Nevertheless, with the progress of G-katsu, an increasing number of group companies are becoming more enthusiastic. I feel that all the teams competing in this year's event were excellent. Today, we understand that it's extremely important to reinforce our manufacturing capabilities, which makes me all the more impressed that the competitors'levels have increased a lot. I hope that all of them will promote G-katsu at their workplaces around the world, thereby taking a lead in developing human resources and establishing an appropriate environment for excellent communication. I look forward to seeing their further growth.
Meanwhile, the Group Global Award Ceremony began at 15:00, right after G-katsu. This award is intended to commend departments and groups conducting activities evaluated highly in terms of quality and contribution to business results, by presenting them with an "Excellent Award" to emphasize our ideal vision, "Glorious Excellent Company." We hold the award ceremony at least once every five years, and invite winners from around the world. At the event, I shake hands with each of the winners. This year, a total of 90 companies and departments were commended, with the total number of attendees, including those who organized the event, reaching approximately 450.
The ceremony was followed by a get-together, where I communicated with people from group companies from around the world. I spoke with many people in turn, all of whom looked very happy, and I also enjoyed myself. I don't think that the day's event will change everything suddenly, but I hope that such an opportunity as this will be shared throughout our group, further enhancing the sense of unity of the Sumitomo Electric Group as a global corporate entity.