To our shareholders
We would like to express our sorrow for those who tragically lost their lives in the earthquake that occurred in Kumamoto of April 14, 2016, and offer our condolences to those who were bereaved or suffered in the disaster.
Our group set up the Pasona Earthquake Response Headquarters in Fukuoka, immediately following the earthquake, and offered employment-related support and provided relief supplies, etc. In addition, we also provided employment and housing support in remote areas to those who temporarily evacuated from the disaster affected areas. We will continue to do our very best to ensure that the affected areas are reconstructed as soon as possible.
Celebrating our 40th anniversary
The Pasona Group has marked its 40th anniversary. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of our shareholders for their continuous support.
Since its inception, the Pasona Group has set out a clear corporate philosophy of providing "solutions to society's problems", and we have been developing our business with the aim of realizing a "society in which anyone, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or disability, is free to choose the work they want to do, and can work in a way that is tailored to suit their lifestyle". Furthermore, we have continued to sow the seeds of "dreams" in society as a leading company, and, in addition to temporary staffing, we have been devoted to the building of support infrastructure to ensure that workers can live enriched lives. While carefully nurturing the spirit of our foundation, we at the Pasona Group are confident that we will continue to be a company essential to society, 10 years and 20 years from now, as a long-seller, rather than a best-seller.
An "Independent Work System" to solve a variety of social issues
Presently, in Japan, problems abound involving working people, such as numerous children on nursery waiting lists, low-birth rate, poverty among single mothers, the middle-aged and the elderly, people having to leave their jobs in the prime of their lives in order to nurse elderly parents, and the problem of aging and declining populations in regional areas. In order to resolve these problems at once, rather than reviewing them one by one, it is necessary to take them all apart and rebuild them from scratch. In other words, we must transition from being the "company-dependent society" that we have been up to now, to being a "society of personal independence" in which each individual can work according to his or her lifestyle. Rather than conventional concepts from the company point of view, we need concepts of working styles where each and every worker plays the leading role. We have positioned this as our "Independent Work System".
Promoting our "Smart Life Initiative"
In order to attract young people to regional areas, the Government has provided subsidies and attempted to attract companies; however, the essence of the problem of "regional revitalization" lies in the fact that there are few sustainable new industries in regional area, and in order to resolve this problem, we need to create "industries with a dream" in which people will gather.
As an example, 8 years ago, young artists and musicians began to work in a new style of "half-agriculture, half art", starting with "Challenge Farm" on Awaji Island. We created a series of gimmicks to bring people to the island, such as "Nojima Scuola", which uses a shutdown school, and the seaside date spot "Miele", and the facilities are now bustling, not only with local residents, but also with visitors from neighboring and far-off areas.
Our goal is to realize a society in which each and every person can work in a way that is tailored to his or her individual lifestyle, and we propose our "Smart Life Initiative" to the world, as a concrete action plan to achieve it. We will continue working actively with a sense of mission in the future in our regional revitalization, human resource development, health care, global and BPO projects, etc., with the aim of job creation.
Your continued support would be greatly appreciated.