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The First Joint Sports Day Held with Employees and Family Members of
KOKUYO Group Companies in China

The First Joint Sports Day Held with Employees and Family Members of KOKUYO Group Companies in China

KOKUYO Group has been actively expanding its business in the rapidly growing Asian market, particularly in China, where many Group companies are conducting business. With the goals of promoting internal exchange among Group companies in China and improving employee morale, the KOKUYO Group Companies in China gathered together and held their first joint sports day, the "2017 KOKUYO China Happy Carnival", on October 28, 2017. On the day of the event, a total of nearly 400 people, comprising employees of KOKUYO Commerce (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., S&T Logistics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Design Consultants (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Furniture (China) Co., Ltd., and KOKUYO (Shanghai) Management Co., Ltd., along with their family members, gathered at the Shanghai Huangpu Gymnasium beginning in the early morning. The participants were divided into eight teams and enjoyed various games.

At the opening ceremony, following a video message from the Head Office, expatriate employees from Japan led all of the participants in a warm-up exercise to mark the start of the event. In addition to a team relay, a tug of war contest, and a parent-child game, the event also included all sorts of original games featuring KOKUYO furniture and stationery products, such as a relay transporting various types of KOKUYO stationery products, an office chair race, and a true or false game to test one's knowledge of KOKUYO-related information.

This first joint sports day turned out to be a very memorable experience for everyone, with many employees and family members participating, and all participants playing and laughing together. The type of communication that is not possible in the workplace was achieved. For example, team members cheered on or helped each other, making the event a great opportunity for strengthening bonds among KOKUYO Group Companies in China.

Staff members in cartoon-character costumes handed out toys to the children. A play area for children was also set up so that family members could also enjoy the event.

Staff members in cartoon-character costumes handed out toys to the children. A play area for children was also set up so that family members could also enjoy the event.

Relay transporting various types of KOKUYO stationery products. Each player had to complete the entire process, from picking, packing, shipping, packaging, and delivery.

Relay transporting various types of KOKUYO stationery products. Each player had to complete the entire process, from picking, packing, shipping, packaging, and delivery.

Communication with Employees

Sports Day and Appreciation Gathering at KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd., which is Aiming to become an "Enjoyable" Company

The event was held with the goal, Let's enjoy working together as colleagues!

The event was held with the goal, "Let's enjoy working together as colleagues!"

As part of its initiatives to become an "interesting company," KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd. held a Sports Day and Appreciation Gathering on April 28, 2017. The purpose of the event was not only for the employees to have a good time together, but also for them to gain a sense of camaraderie by joining together outside production activities as well. Planning and preparation for the event were carried out mostly by younger and mid-level employees who had attended the second leader training the previous fiscal year.

The event was attended by approximately 150 people, including the employees of KOKUYO Product Shiga, as well as employees of other KOKUYO Group companies. The participants competed in a total of six games, including some original ones. After that, part-time workers and employees of silver human resource centers who could not attend the Sports Day joined the evening Appreciation Gathering, making it a banquet with full participation.

Two Friendly Get-togethers Held at KOKUYO Stationery Factories in Japan

A total of 30 employees who came together again for the first time in three years exchanged opinions on the following four themes: safety, preventive maintenance, improvement/education, and production control operation.

A total of 30 employees who came together again for the first time in three years exchanged opinions on the following four themes: safety, preventive maintenance, improvement/education, and production control operation.

On May 26, 2017, KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd., KOKUYO MVP Co., Ltd., and WAMI Paper Industry Co., Ltd. of the KOKUYO Stationery (ST) Group gathered for an Issue-Sharing Meeting. The content to be discussed in the meeting was negotiated and decided in advance during a video conference. The purpose of the recent meeting was to encourage participants' awareness by sharing information and exchanging opinions about issues facing the ST factories in Japan so that the results could be utilized in the participants' activities.

Then, on May 27, a friendly softball tournament was also held among three teams in the KOKUYO Association, formed primarily with members of KOKUYO Product Shiga, KOKUYO MVP, and ST Department . The plan is to actively promote opinion exchange and interaction within the group in order to together create standards for the ST production factories.

Furniture Business Division Unity-Strengthening Meeting to Promote Knowledge, Interchange, and Unity

Capital Region High-Demand Period Loading Capacity Improvement Team, which won the Good Job! Award in the Business Category of the That's Great! Award 2017

Capital Region High-Demand Period Loading Capacity Improvement Team, which won the Good Job! Award in the Business Category of the That's Great! Award 2017

To integrate its value chain more strongly, the Furniture Business Division has since 2012 been holding unity-strengthening meetings, where all members involved in the business gather together, with the goal of promoting interchange and unity across departmental boundaries. This year's meetings were held from July 25 through September 12 in Tokyo, Osaka, Mie, and Shibayama.

For the main event, the "That's Great! Award," a furniture business commendation system, model employees and teams that made impactful contributions or achieved great results were selected, and an awards ceremony was held to honor individuals and business departments. We believe that setting up opportunities to highlight individual employees working on the front lines in this way will strengthen unity and interchange throughout the entire business division.

2017 KOKUYO Memorial Service for Deceased Employees

The memorial service attended by KOKUYO Vice Chairman Yasuhiro Kuroda, along with bereaved family members

The memorial service attended by KOKUYO Vice Chairman Yasuhiro Kuroda, along with bereaved family members

When the KOKUYO Group marked its 70th anniversary in 1974, a memorial monument for deceased employees was built on Mt. Koyasan at the suggestion of the late Shonosuke Kuroda, honorary chairman. A memorial service has been held every year since to enshrine the spirit of employees who passed away in the previous year in order to show appreciation for the predecessors who contributed to the development of the KOKUYO Group.

At the 2017 KOKUYO Memorial Service for Deceased Employees held on August 21, 2017, following a Buddhist memorial service conducted at the main hall of the Tentokuin temple, the service moved to the Daireien cemetery at Mt. Koyasan, where a memorial service for deceased employees was held in front of the KOKUYO Memorial Monument for the Deceased. An enshrining ceremony was then held in which thin wooden boards bearing the names of the deceased were placed in the memorial monument. Note that 14 people were enshrined in FY2017, and the total since 1974 has reached 600.

"What I'd Like to Be" Office Plans Events, such as Female Employee Training

Ms. Sayaka Otaki, a yoga instructor, giving a lecture at the

Ms. Sayaka Otaki, a yoga instructor, giving a lecture at the "What I'd Like to Be" meeting

The "What I'd Like to Be" Office, which aims to ensure diversity promotion and the advancement of women at KOKUYO Logitem, again planned a variety of training sessions and events in 2017. On September 12, the fourth "What I'd Like to Be" meeting, a workshop targeted at female employees, was held in Nagoya. Then on October 11, the What I'd Like to Be" Office sponsored its first project, an area event called "KOKUYO Product Shiga Plant Tour". In addition, from August to September, a participatory activity suggested by the Office was also carried out, in which refreshing, damp washcloths were distributed to drivers who were loading or unloading cargo.

From now on, the Office hopes to plan new events to promote diversity from a variety of viewpoints.

"Shunjukai" Retirement Ceremony for Employees Approaching Mandatory Retirement

Commemorative group photo taken in front of the portrait of founder, Zentaro Kuroda

Commemorative group photo taken in front of the portrait of founder, Zentaro Kuroda

This retirement ceremony is to celebrate the retirement of employees of the KOKUYO Group who are approaching mandatory retirement, in appreciation of their many years of hard work. The ceremony is held twice a year, once each in the first and second halves of the fiscal year. In FY2017, 32 and 43 employees were included in the first- and second-half ceremonies, respectively.

During the ceremony, after the company song was sung in unison, Chairman Kuroda presented each retiring employee with a list of commemorative gifts. During this presentation, what KOKUYO underwent in the year each employee joined the company was described. In addition, recollections about life at KOKUYO written by the attendees themselves and the message that they wished to convey to younger generations of employees were also read to express appreciation for their many years of effort and contribution.

Family Day for Expressing Appreciation to Family Members Held in Shinagawa and Osaka

Happily exploring the showroom while answering quizzes about KOKUYO products

Happily exploring the showroom while answering quizzes about KOKUYO products

The Stationery Business Division holds its Family Day to provide an opportunity to show appreciation to family members who regularly support its employees. Family Day 2017, which marked the 10th year the program was held, was attended by 191 and 198 employees and their family members in Osaka and Shinagawa, respectively.

The event is planned by project members consisting of mid-career hires, young employees who have been with the company between one and two years, and others recommended by individual divisions. This year's event focused on helping family members to broaden their understanding of KOKUYO. Exploration tours were held, using the historical material room in Osaka and the showroom in Shinagawa, providing opportunities to come into contact with KOKUYO's history and products.