Greeting from Chairman

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who visits our website for their continued success.
We would also like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued understanding and cooperation in our union activities.
Although it is a private matter, at the end of January this year, I visited Tatara Steel in Okuizumo Town, Shimane Prefecture.
Participants ranged from members of the Japan Art Swords Preservation Association, iron and steel officials, foreigners, British university professors, and executives of automobile manufacturers. Waiting time for boarding at Yonago Airport on their way home. Then, there were many topics of economic trends this year with the people concerned, and I remember that there were many opinions that the economy from spring was going upward.
However, the news that a new virus pneumonia occurred in Wuhan, China in January this year, and the outbreak of infected people on the luxury liner Diamond Princess and the environment changed drastically in February. As a result, supply chains around the world have been disrupted, and production activities and logistics have almost stopped.
The 2008 Lehman shock is cited as comparable to this infectious disease, but I remember that although the Lehman shock was a major problem in the financial markets, there was no situation in which all industries were stopped uniformly.
On the other hand, this virus shock is a global epidemic and pandemic that threatens not only the economy but also human life and is a problem related to the survival of the nation. The first wave of infection in Japan can be said to be in a lull. However, the number of infected people in the world is still increasing explosively, and there are concerns about the arrival of the second and third waves in the future.
From the viewpoint of infection prevention, we could not hold a general meeting this year to prevent three- Cs (closed spaces, crowded places, close-contact settings), and we were forced to make a written resolution, but with the cooperation of everyone, we were able to reach the second year of Reiwa. I did. Thank you for your corporation.
Regarding this year's project, lectures on general training projects, projects of each committee, establishment of a commemorative project review committee to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the founding of the association in the 3rd year of Reiwa, events such as the New Year's party next spring are scheduled. However, we will consider holding it each time while watching the situation.
Due to an unprecedented situation this year, we have reduced the dues by half as we can form a union for all the members.
In the future, I think that different lifestyles and working methods will be required in Japan's metropolitan area and rural areas. I think that there will be many things such as normalization of wearing masks, prevention of three sequel, telework, social distance, flextime, relocation of bases from the metropolitan area to rural areas, etc.
We have entered an era in which real work style reforms are required. Our association is an important industry in the first stage of materials, manufacturing and sales, which is the supply chain of the manufacturing industry.
There is a word that there is no night that does not dawn. Next year will be the 130th anniversary of our illustrious founding.
To conclude, I pray for the continued prosperity of all the readers and the good health of all of you, and I would like to conclude my greetings. .

Sanjo Steel Association
Chairman : Ryoji Aiba

Sanjo Steel Association

ZIP Code: 955-8603

Address: Sanjo Shotetsu Kumiai, Sanjo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 1-20 Sugoro, Sanjo City, Niigata Prefecture

The person in charge: Naoto Gawasawa

E-mail: jimu@sanjo-syoutetu.gr.jp