Ron, the president of ISOWA America(IA), visited our headquarter in Japan for the annual shareholder meeting.
Business has been good for us in the American market for the past few years.
We have a very positive projection for the next fiscal year, as well.
But it’s not the only thing that makes him a great partner for us.
You know how people always say, “When in Rome, do as the romans do”.
If that's true, IA should be managed in the American way.
But Ron understands the belief and management vision of ISOWA Japan (IJ) very well, and has been trying to apply the Japanese-style management method to IA.
As some of you might know, IJ has been working on corporate cultural reform.
Our goal is to be a company with the best corporate culture in the world where people can work hard for their own happiness and for the happiness of their beloved families.
As an important part of that, IJ quit mid-career recruitment about 15 years ago, and has been pouring a lot of effort to new graduate recruitment instead.
That’s because we thought it was essential to hire young people who sympathize with our vision and nurture them in our way.
As a result, our turnover rate is much lower than the average in Japan which is low enough compared to that in the U.S.
In the U.S., changing jobs is very common, and many companies let employees come and go.
But Ron has been working hard to make IA a company where people can advance their careers and stay and grow with the company for their lifetime.
And, this year, for the first time, they finally hired a new graduate of the Arizona State University that’s located near their office!!
IA has become a great team over the past decade.
But after I talked to Ron this time, I believe they will be even greater in the upcoming years.
I look forward to seeing everyone else at IA when I visit in November.