NYK President Welcomes 48 New Employees

April 2, 2018

NYK president Tadaaki Naito
On April 2, NYK held a ceremony at its head office in Tokyo to welcome 48 new employees joining the company in the 2018 fiscal year. Below is a brief translation of the address provided by NYK president Tadaaki Naito to the new staff members.

President's Speech (abridged)

“Congratulations on joining as new members of NYK. I sincerely welcome you all on behalf of the company. As you all take this first step in your career, I would like to say a few words to you as a senior member of the company.

“This year, NYK will celebrate its 133rd year of business. While overcoming many difficulties in its long history, NYK has flexibly adjusted its business form to meet the demands of the age. Over the past 30 years, to address globalization and structural changes in the maritime industry, the company has established many overseas subsidiary companies and joint ventures with foreign local partners. The number of affiliated companies has expanded from 36 companies to 925, and the composition of group employees has changed dramatically. Thirty years ago, most employees were Japanese, but Japanese currently account for only 20 percent of NYK office workers and 15 percent of seafarers.

President Naito reading a notification
of appointment
“National staff who work at NYK Group companies overseas are now the backbone of the Group. You will work together with colleagues who have diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds. The key point to working together smoothly is communication capability.
Please keep in mind that non-verbal communication may be needed to demonstrate your endeavors and feelings and to convey your ideas. Appealing to others through your personal magnetism is also very important, as is explaining logically through language, or verbal communication.

“I also hope that you always have a sense of curiosity about things that you encounter. Don’t always swallow information you receive from the public domain or the internet, and make a practice of considering deeply by yourself the essence of any information. This habit can reward you with skills of observation and insightful acumen that can benefit your career in the future.

“Finally, I want to introduce a famous passage by Iwasaki Yataro, the company’s founder: ‘If we provide one ship, it will bring more convenience to the world, and the profit will benefit many people.” Of course, NYK pursues profits as a profitable company, but our business is also to support society and life. I think Iwasaki’s words help us to realize the NYK Group’s significance and social mission. I hope that you keep his words in mind as you take on the challenge to fulfil this mission.

“You are to build the next 30 years of the NYK Group. Please keep your mind fresh and maintain your vitality and brilliance so that we can do our best together from today onwards.”

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