Last August, I attended several large events held by our group, such as the Sumitomo Electric Group Global Award Ceremony, held for the first time in five years, with the participation of 136 group companies from both Japan and abroad, as well as a training camp for our directors and executive officers held around this time every year. Added to these were the lecture and presentation sessions of the Global Leadership Program held at the end of the month for managers of our group companies in Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as the Group Partners’ Meeting, an important opportunity to deepen mutual trust and cooperation with our partners.
All of these events took place with the important aim of clearly presenting our policies, sharing awareness of challenges and problems through interactive communication, and making a smooth and vigorous start toward achieving the next targets.
Although it is easy to talk about the importance of communication, I’m sure that many of you have keenly realized that it is very difficult to ensure effective communication. There is a case where even in a small organization, just a slight misunderstanding at an early phase is evolving into a big problem, depriving the organization of its vitality.
While Sumitomo Electric has an open atmosphere, we have expanded into a global organization employing diverse human resources. In this regard, I always request my staff members to ensure that close communication is achieved across the Company. To accommodate such requests, the staff members try to demonstrate all types of ingenuity.
All the events I mentioned at the beginning concluded successfully; they consisted of a formal ceremony and a slightly casual party to enable participants to share information on a wide variety of topics.
As for the House of Councillors election held the other day in Japan, in which campaigning via the Internet was allowed for the first time in the country’s history, I read many articles saying that the election campaign was lackluster. I think, however, that such a campaign style will gradually gain momentum in the future. Although it is easier said than done, I believe that it is important to make the most of face-to-face contact and information and communication technologies to facilitate effective communication.