Message from the President
January 2024 Message
Allow me to say a few words of New Year’s Greeting to mark the start of 2024.
Firstly to those who lost their lives in the Noto Peninsula Earthquake in 2024 that struck on January 1st, all those who have been affected by the disaster, and their families, I extend my deepest condolences and my sincerest sympathies. I pray from the heart for the return of peace of mind to their lives and for the speedy recovery and restoration of the quake-affected areas.
Several years have passed since we started to hear talk about a once-in-a-century period of transformation. Back then, it still seemed a long way off. However, after witnessing such transformations during visits to several mobility exhibitions and to China last year, it struck me deeply that, unless we changed the timeline of how we approached our own work within Kojima, we would fall behind the pace of global change.
This year, many challenges continue to await us, such as the emergence of countries making advances in EVs, including China, the realization of carbon neutrality, and the “2024 problem” in logistics, as tighter restrictions are placed on the hours that truck drivers can work.
Under such circumstances, alongside all our employees, I will aim for 2024 to be a year in which every business domain, every company, every division, and every workplace clarifies anew the gap between our vision and the current reality and produces results through speedy and agile work.
For this to happen, the growth of each individual employee will be essential. Once again this year, based on our “people-centered management,” we will promote the development of hardy people who are able to look at and think about things in ways that are not merely an extension of past approaches. We will connect those efforts to the realization of cheerful, enjoyable workplaces by ensuring that every one of our people has confidence and pride in their work.