Opening of New Working Space "DIVERARY"

Opening of New Working Space DIVERARY

DIVERARY-a space for diving into issues and thinking of solutions-was opened on February 14, 2018 at the second floor of the showroom in Shinagawa. DIVERARY is a combination of two words: "dive" and "library." It is a new working space where, in addition to being able to accumulate and organize seeds of ideas through various books, people can refresh their moods and reinvigorate their energy for work by relaxing in a calm atmosphere.

Stationery Business Division's Awards Ceremony

Stationery Business Division's Awards Ceremony

At the end of January 2018, The FY2017 Stationery Business Division's awards ceremony was held at two venues: Osaka and Tokyo. This awards ceremony has been held annually since 2009 as an initiative for nurturing a corporate culture of mutual recognition and praise. Work initiatives are comprehensively assessed from various perspectives and judged with reference to votes from employees. Individual awards were newly established from FY2017, becoming good opportunities for focusing and giving praise to individuals instead of their work. Going forward, all employees will continue to work toward nurturing a culture of active mutual recognition.

"Shunjukai" Retirement Ceremony for Employees Approaching Mandatory Retirement

Shunjukai Retirement Ceremony for Employees Approaching Mandatory Retirement

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 FY2018, 45 and 67 employees were included in the first- and second-half ceremonies, respectively. During the ceremony, the attendees revealed their recollections about life at KOKUYO and the messages they wished to convey to younger generations of employees. Chairman Kuroda presented each retiring employee with a list of commemorative gifts, and at the same time expressed appreciation for their many years of effort and contribution.

2018 KOKUYO Memorial Service for Deceased Employees

2018 KOKUYO Memorial Service for Deceased Employees

On August 28, 2018, the 2018 KOKUYO Memorial Service for Deceased Employees was held at Tentokuin temple on Mt. Koyasan. This memorial service enshrines the spirits of deceased ones from the past year with a show of appreciation to predecessors who contributed to the development of the KOKUYO Group. When the Group marked its 70th anniversary in 1974, a memorial monument for the deceased employees was built on Mt. Koyasan at the suggestion of the late Shonosuke Kuroda, honorary chairman, and the ceremony has been held every year since then. This fiscal year, 31 people were enshrined, bringing the total number of enshrined people since 1974 to 631.

SST Employee Exchange Event "CROSS!!!"

SST Employee Exchange Event CROSS!!!

Tokyo Shinagawa SST Office holds the employee exchange event "CROSS!!!" each month. This event was named in hope that there will be crossing of various things-people, objects, and actions. It aims to provide two kinds of venues: venues for people to know, connect, and interact with each other as a communication infrastructure that can easily connect the right people at the right time; and venues to learn various types of knowledge and skills through the event's themes. Going forward, many attractive events will also be held so as to become a venue where people with positive attitudes regarding interaction and growth can reap many benefits.

IWAMI Paper Industry Conducted Ceremony Commemorating 100th Anniversary

IWAMI Paper Industry Conducted Ceremony Commemorating 100th Anniversary

IWAMI Paper Industry (Headquarters: Tsuwano-cho, Kanoashi-gun, Shimane; President: Hiroki Tokunaga) was established in 1918 as a factory for producing paper and handmade Japanese writing paper. A commemorative ceremony was held on October 24, 2018 to welcome its 100th anniversary.

At the ceremony, this milestone day was celebrated by everyone, including Tsuwano-cho's Mayor Shitamori giving a congratulatory speech, a look back at the past 100 years using presentation slides and video, and a ceremony known as kagami-wari where a ceremonial sake barrel is broken open.

Going forward, IWAMI Paper Industry will continue to carry out manufacturing unique to IWAMI by further refining the printing and processing technologies passed down from previous generations, and accumulating its own strengths.

KOKUYO & Partners (K&P) Hosted 170 Persons, the Most Ever, at Its Annual Year-End Party

KOKUYO & Partners (K&P) Hosted 170 Persons, the Most Ever, at Its Annual Year-End Party

KOKUYO & Partners Co., Ltd. (K&P) hosted its party on November 17, 2018. Approximately 170 persons participated out of the total 300 employees and partners who are stationed at customers offices to provide administrative services-including reception, mail room, office services, and facility management-and the operation of coworking spaces such as MOV.

This time, the theme was "Let's Make, Get Excited, and Connect." As per the theme, it was a party with a handmade feeling, such as everyone putting on original name tags which they decorated by themselves, and all participants blowing up balloons used to decorate the venue.

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

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

The "What I'd Like to Be" Office, which aims to ensure diversity promotion and the advancement of women at KOKUYO Logitem, held the fifth "What I'd Like to Be" meeting-a workshop-in Tokyo on October 17, 2018. In addition to a total of 43 female employees, partner company JR East Logistics was also invited to the meeting, during which lectures were given regarding topics such as providing ideal working conditions and motivation for women, and solutions to problems unique to the Logistics Division. Going forward, the Office will continue to plan new events to contribute toward the realization of diversity and the advancement of women from a variety of viewpoints.