Messages from Top Management of the 19 Companies comprising the Sumitomo EXPO2025 Promotion Committee

Exploring new opportunities for innovation,
inspired by the sustainable world envisioned by the Expo

photo : Keiichi Iwata
Representative Director and President
Sumitomo Chemical
Keiichi Iwata
Q1.

The Expo is a great opportunity. What does it mean for society?

Awareness about sustainability has increased across society at an accelerated rate over the years. As Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan approaches, I feel great expectations are placed on the private sector, and particularly us in the Sumitomo Group, which has developed with the Osaka and wider Kansai regional communities, contributing to solving increasingly complex issues confronting society. I hope that the Sumitomo Pavilion will offer visitors an opportunity to think about how we live in harmony with nature and the environment and how we achieve a truly sustainable society. We at Sumitomo Chemical are looking forward to strengthening our ties with countries and regions around the world and exploring new opportunities for innovation through the Expo.

Q2.

How does your company’s business fit the Expo theme of “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”?

Sumitomo Chemical is striving to help solve society’s major issues, such as climate change and conservation of ecosystems, by leveraging the diverse businesses, technological prowess and human talent that it possesses as a diversified chemical company. On the environmental front, for example, we are working on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, while also stepping up efforts toward achieving a circular economy for plastics and other useful resources. In the area of food supply, we are advancing sustainable agriculture using our biorationals and other innovative crop protection solutions. In the healthcare field, we are committed to enhancing people’s quality of life by utilizing our advanced technologies cultivated in the pharmaceuticals business.

Q3.

What are you looking forward to and what do you see as the benefits of the Expo?

Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan will be a well-timed event putting forward a vision of what a sustainable future society should be like. The 1970 Osaka Expo made a big impression on me, convincing the first-year junior high school boy of human society’s enormous growth potential and a bright, hopeful future. I expect the forthcoming Expo to be a great occasion to gain inspiration from the sustainable world envisioned by the Expo and rethink what a happy life is all about in the coming era.

Inspiring technological innovation for the future
while reaffirming Sumitomo’s time-tested business philosophy

photo : Shinji Shimomura
Representative Director,
President and CEO
Sumitomo Heavy Industries
Shinji Shimomura
Q1.

The Expo is a great opportunity. What does it mean for society?

As the contemporary crystallization of Sumitomo’s time-tested business philosophy, the Sumitomo Pavilion will seek to inspire us, orient us toward socially beneficial goals, and encourage us to unleash a wind of change full of promise for the future. Through participation in the Expo as a member of Sumitomo Group, I relish this opportunity for everyone at Sumitomo Heavy Industries to be inspired to develop and apply life-enhancing new technologies while recognizing anew the extraordinary value inherent in Sumitomo’s business philosophy, which is the foundation of our business.

Q2.

How does your company’s business fit the Expo theme of “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”?

At Sumitomo Heavy Industries, we have identified environmental load reduction and realization of a better life and working style as material issues concerning sustainability. Leveraging our unique technological capabilities, we are striving to enhance productivity and improve the working environment at production sites. In terms of life sciences, in addition to cancer diagnostic equipment, many units of which are already installed, we have an impressive track record in the field of radiation therapy, with development of a boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) system being a notable recent achievement. To accomplish the SDGs, we are making a concerted effort to maximize our products’ contribution to decarbonization and ensure that they enhance wellbeing and the quality of life in society now and in the future.

Q3.

What are you looking forward to and what do you see as the benefits of the Expo?

I have vivid memories of the 1970 Osaka Expo. As a youngster living in Osaka, the sight of all the pavilions of countries and companies from around the world kindled my hopes and dreams for the future. It is my fervent desire that the Sumitomo Pavilion will rekindle that spirit in the hearts and minds of people throughout the world. I believe the Unknown Forest, a technological tour de force rooted in Sumitomo Group’s 400-year history, will offer visitors a stimulating and immersive experience. The coming Expo will be a beacon of hope and a call to action for all of us.

An opportunity to grow together with customers and society committed to change, and for young people to move forward powerfully embracing dreams and hopes

photo : Makoto Takashima
President and CEO
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Makoto Takashima
Q1.

The Expo is a great opportunity. What does it mean for society?

We see the Expo as a great opportunity for the Kansai region, and indeed for Japan, to invigorate economic growth. In line with the concept of the Expo as an incubator for the future society, many of our customers are taking this opportunity to create innovations and to reform their business models. As a financial institution, we hope to make the Expo an opportunity to advance together with our customers and society by supporting their efforts and taking on new challenges ourselves.

Q2.

How does your company’s business fit the Expo theme of “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”?

SMBC Group, including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, positions sustainability at the core of its management, and contributes to building a sustainable society with customers through financial and non-financial businesses. These include financing renewable energy projects, supporting customers’ efforts for decarbonization, upgrading digital platforms for smooth financial transactions, and promoting innovation that will lead to the next generation. All these businesses fit the theme of “Designing Future Society for Our Lives.”

Q3.

What are you looking forward to and what do you see as the benefits of the Expo?

I remember how excited I was to see the future at the 1970 Osaka Expo, where wireless telephones, electric vehicles, moving walkways, and other innovative technologies and products were on display. At Expo 2025, I look forward to experiencing technologies that will be put to practical use in the future and imagining the future. I hope that Expo 2025 will be an opportunity for the children and young people who will lead the next generation to embrace dreams and hopes for the future just as I felt at the time, and move forward powerfully.

An opportunity to rethink what we can do through business
to help accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals

photo : Akira Nozaki
President and Representative Director
Sumitomo Metal Mining
Akira Nozaki
Q1.

The Expo is a great opportunity. What does it mean for society?

Our predecessors’ initiatives ever since the founding of the House of Sumitomo, notably the development of copper smelting and refining in Osaka some 400 years ago, the opening of the Besshi Copper Mines, and environmental considerations and technological innovation in the course of business development, have all helped resolve issues that have challenged society over the years. It is our earnest desire that participation in the Expo will be a great opportunity to rethink what we can do through business to help accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the Expo’s overarching objective.

Q2.

How does your company’s business fit the Expo theme of “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”?

We develop and operate copper and gold mines, smelting and refining to produce metals, and add new value by metals into advanced materials. Operating worldwide, we are doing business in 15 countries and regions. We secure valuable resources and provide stable supplies of nonferrous metals for resource-poor Japan. Demand for nonferrous metals such as copper and nickel is on an upward trajectory led by the progress of decarbonization, and the growing need for cathode materials for secondary batteries for automotive applications and for advanced materials to meet the needs of the increasingly sophisticated digital society. Thus, Sumitomo Metal Mining is contributing to the emergence of a sustainable society.

Q3.

What are you looking forward to and what do you see as the benefits of the Expo?

Though the 1970 Osaka Expo did not loom prominently in my daily life as a 10-year-old lad growing up in the suburbs of Tokyo, I was aware of its significance. Many aspects of contemporary society that have brought us greater affluence and extraordinary convenience were first showcased at the Expo and subsequently became part of everyday reality thanks to technological progress. Today, we aspire to a sustainable future in which we can live in harmony with the Earth, experiencing both material and spiritual fulfilment. I look forward to Expo 2025, which will fuse the wisdom of humankind and the latest technology to raise the curtain on this fascinating new world.

Achieve economic and spiritual prosperity,
realizing the dreams of people wolrdwide
by leveraging Sumitomo’s business philosophy in pursuit
of sustainable growth hand in hand with society

photo : Masayuki Hyodo
Representative Director
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sumitomo Corporation
Masayuki Hyodo
Q1.

The Expo is a great opportunity. What does it mean for society?

I believe that the Expo to be held in Osaka, the historic source of Sumitomo Group’s business, will stimulate change and innovation as we progress toward the goal of a sustainable society. Sumitomo Corporation would like to make this an opportunity to achieve economic and spiritual prosperity connected to the dreams of people worldwide who seek a truly sustainable future society. To achieve this happen based on Sumitomo’s business philosophy of Jiri-rita Koushi-ichinyo, meaning “Benefit self and benefit others, private and public interests are one and the same,” all our employees are applying their minds to social issues concerning the environment and human rights, seeking to create new value linked to worthwhile change.

Q2.

How does your company’s business fit the Expo theme of “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”?

Sumitomo Corporation has identified six key social issues, including mitigation of climate change, and is tackling them with ingenuity and tenacity. For realization of a carbon-neutral society, we have established the Energy Innovation Initiative and are creating a next-generation energy business. We are also promoting resource-saving businesses, such as those linked to the sharing economy, and businesses that contribute to development of regional communities and economies, including social infrastructure, and agriculture-related businesses. By contributing to a prosperous future for people around the world, we are determined to fulfill our corporate message, “Enriching lives and the world.”

Q3.

What are you looking forward to and what do you see as the benefits of the Expo?

I vividly recall the 1970 Osaka Expo, a thrilling event overflowing with hopes and dreams for a future society. The coming Expo should offer the up-and-coming generation of children and young people a vivid creative experience so that the Expo theme, “Designing Future Society for Our Lives,” flourishes as a beacon of hope for the future. The Sumitomo Pavilion, embodying the life-affirming values of the Sumitomo Group, is at the heart of this ambitious endeavor.

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