Hello, everyone. I’m sure that you are all very busy with your work-hunting activities in addition to your studies.
As everybody already knows from newspaper reports, etc., Japan’s economy is booming owing to the construction work for stadiums and creating the infrastructures required for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
In addition to this, the Abe administration has placed the priority on the economy and has succeeded in enacting various measures, which has stabilized stock prices and the rate of exchange, and GDP has moved from minus figures through to between 1% and 2%.
If we look around the world, we can see that the economy is recovering in advanced nations, and we have reached a period of stability.
Despite this, although nuclear threats have been removed due to the US-North Korea Summit held in June 2018, we are still facing geopolitical and ethnological concerns, such as the threat of worsening relations between Israel and Iran and other problems in the Middle East, the threat of hegemony in China and Russia, and the populism championed by America’s President Trump.
Amid this, the employment situation has shown increases in effective employment demand by between 20% and 50% and unemployment has fallen to around 2%, generating an unprecedented sellers’ market. According to the people in charge of vocational affairs at universities and high schools, requests for recruits received from companies has increased three- to five-fold. There is not much that can be done about this considering the yearly decreases in the labor population. I believe that it is a sign of the times that all industries will expand their interest in technological innovation centering around AI from now on. We have arrived in an age in which we in the automotive industry must accept the challenge of creating new technologies for the shift across to EVs and self-driving vehicles, etc. It is also no exaggeration to say that the age in which AI will change the work we do has arrived.
In an environment like this, I believe that the most important thing to do is polish our inherent skills. The skill that is inherent to the human race is the skill to live, which includes skills for interacting with others, taking action and making decisions. It may also include the ability to continue studying with humility. KSK helps its employees to polish their inherent skills as naturally as possible through the initiatives taken in our daily work based on the slogans of “Creation based on intelligence and the five senses," “Observe, Think, Act,” and “Don’t pretend to understand or pretend to know when working” that we have established, as well as through our Kaizen activities. We are also expending much effort on reforming our working practices. We are currently involved in creating age-free and barrier-free environments in which everybody, regardless of their age or gender, can work safely and with peace of mind.
I’m sure you have all witnessed various types of companies during your job-hunting activities, and I have heard that there are many cases in which new recruits go to considerable trouble entering companies, only to quit almost immediately. I therefore hope that you all find a company that matches up with your own desires so that you can lay down firm roots that will help you grow into your future lives.
There is no company that takes more care of its employees than KSK. Why don’t you drop by and confirm this for yourselves?
Keihin Seimitsu Kogyo Co., Ltd.
President & Chief Executive Officer Tetsuro Komaba