My name is Tatsuo Kijima, and I have recently became President, Representative Director, and Executive Officer of West Japan Railway Company.
In March 2013, the JR-West Group formulated the JR-West Group Medium-Term Management Plan 2017 and the Safety Think-and-Act Plan 2017. To make progress toward the vision "The Ideal Form for JR-West," the entire Group is working to advance priority strategies that are based on its Three Basic Strategies and Four Business Strategies. In April 2015, the Group updated the medium-term management plan to reflect a review of the initiatives carried out over the previous two years as well as changes in the operating environment. On that basis, we made revisions and additions to the initiatives that will be implemented to achieve the plan's goals. We placed particular emphasis on three specific fields — the Hokuriku Shinkansen and invigoration of the Hokuriku Region, the new LUCUA osaka, and our response to inbound visitor demand. These three fields were positioned as strategic topics that spread across business areas, and initiatives targeting these fields were prioritized accordingly. I have accepted the transfer of management duties from former President Seiji Manabe. Moving forward, we will resolutely continue the initiatives that are under way, and we will also add other necessary initiatives as we look to the future. In these ways, we will work to increase corporate value over the medium to long term.