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Tokyo, April 1, 2022 — This morning, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group held an online welcome ceremony at Shinagawa Intercity Hall (Minato-ku, Tokyo) for this year’s new employees. To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, attendance at the ceremony venue was limited to employees from the Tokyo-Yokohama area. The proceedings were broadcast live to similar venues across the country, where new local recruits attended. President and CEO Seiji Izumisawa offered words of welcome and encouragement to new employees as they became members of the MHI Group and began their professional lives.

Mr. Izumisawa first gave the new hires a brief overview of MHI’s history and corporate philosophy. He then developed the points summarized below.

Summary of Mr. Izumisawa’s message

  • Today, as the social environment becomes increasingly complex and diverse, the MHI Group focuses on finding harmonious coordination rather than choosing between two opposing paths. To explain what I mean by this: Take the achievement of a carbon neutral society, for example. Instead of approaching this objective as a definitive choice between environmental or economic concerns, we believe that it is important to coordinate the two, simultaneously and harmoniously. This is how we seek to make realistic contributions to the achievement of our ultimate goals.
  • One of the main objectives of the company’s current medium-term business plan, which was launched in April 2021, is to “define clear directions for achieving strong business growth in the future. “. We seek to achieve this in particular by resolutely pursuing the “energy transition”, which we consider to be a vital initiative to achieve carbon neutrality.
  • In October 2021, MHI Group declared “Mission Net Zero”, our program to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. But even before this declaration, over the years we have undertaken many research and development initiatives in areas such as energy conservation, harnessing new energies and carbon capture. With our hugely expansive range of technologies, MHI Group is boldly tackling the pursuit of carbon neutrality – one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today.
  • I ask you, as new members of the MHI group, to join us in meeting this critical challenge, always keeping a keen awareness of our group’s mission and never fearing change or failure.
  • I have two overriding aspirations for you as new employees of the MHI Group. They are what I call “shu-ha-ri” and “the first person”.
    • “Shu-ha-ri” is a martial arts training concept describing the three stages encountered in the quest for total mastery. It begins with “shu”, which involves learning precisely and faithfully what our teachers teach us. The second phase is “ha”, in which one innovates and makes changes to what was learned in the first phase. Finally, in “ri”, the conclusion phase, we deviate from previous precedents and act independently as we think best. To begin, then, as new employees, I ask that you first learn and fully master what your senior colleagues are teaching you.
    • What I’m referring to when I say “the first person” is this: consider each work task as your personal task. Perform your tasks yourself, on your own initiative. Do each task to the best of your ability, even if you fail to succeed by leaps and bounds. Also, never blame your own shortcomings on your work environment or those around you. Always ask yourself what you are capable of achieving.
  • Finally, I ask you all to do everything you can to minimize the risk of spreading the new coronavirus. Always maintain a constant awareness of “safety first” – the fundamental principle of the manufacturing industry – and conduct both your work and your private life with the utmost attention to stay safe.

Sherry J. Basler