Executive Message

2016APR 11

Let's take on the challenge of a changing environment without fear
AM Business Unit, Executive General Manager, Heiji Maruyama

April 11, 2016

Last year was the final year of the three-year medium-term plan. What was the year like for all of you?

In the Engine Unit and the AM Business Division, I feel that it was a year in which we were able to achieve measurable results, starting up new engines according to plan, and making preparations for new engine technologies as we head into the next step.

On the other hand, we faced many serious issues. In this regard, I would like everyone involved to reflect carefully on what happened, and move forward by steadily executing the PDCA cycle as we head into the new medium term plan that starts from this year.

The year 2016 started out with many rough ups and downs, for example in terms of the economy and international conditions. I'm sure that many of you can feel something different as compared to the tone of recovery since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. It is possible that these changes in the environment will result in major disruptions to plans that have only just been created, but in that event, do not be afraid to make bold changes to your plans. No one can accurately predict what will happen next in this world. All we have are hypotheses that have been derived from data and current conditions. You could say that this is a lot like technical development. You can forecast the results using pretests and analyses based on existing technologies, but even if you make careful preparations and conduct confirmation tests, in reality, things rarely happen the way you expect. That doesn't mean, however, that you wasted your time in creating your hypothesis. If things don't go the way you expect, the important thing is to thoroughly investigate the reasons that things didn't go as planned, create a new hypothesis, and move forward steadily. In this way, your own abilities will increase.

With the start of the new medium-term plan, I would like you to keep your eyes and ears open and make careful yet bold decisions so that we can respond to changes in the environment. In times like these, it is important to maintain a balance as we take on new challenges, thinking carefully about which risks to take and what types of backup we should prepare.

This year, I will work with all of you in creating a strong organization that encourages individuals to think and act for themselves. Let us all do our best to achieve this goal.


  • I like mechanical things, like cars and motorcycles. In addition to driving, I love tuning up and maintaining the machines with my own hands.
  • I act as advisor to a "Soaring Club" for glider enthusiasts. I love the world of the sky, too.
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