welcoming the 100th anniversary of its launch of operations and
the 70th anniversary of incorporation, Kobayashi Pharmaceutical
has made a brand new start while looking forward to the new century.
At this point we should once again recall the labors of the company's
many pioneers, beginning with founder Chubei Kobayashi. Since the
company's founding in Nagoya and progression to the industrial center
of Doshomachi, it is probably not an overstatement to say that the
road to success has traversed more thorny mountain and valley paths
than straight, flat roads.
However, the founders of Kobayashi Pharmaceutical were not merely
pioneers at Kobayashi, but pioneers in the industry as well. With
barely time to breathe, each continuously demonstrated the spirit
of challenge, garnered shining successes, and were constant movers
and shakers in the industry.
If the past 100 years are any measure, our current employees are
the youngest newcomers to stand in line at the end of that history.
But when discussing the 100 years to come, we must not forget that
these present-day employees are also pioneers. And as those who
have assumed the responsibility for the next century, they must
demonstrate enough of their own spirit of challenge if they want
to surpass their predecessors.
It is not an easy task at this point to tread the path toward the
future, for a wide road and favored environment are not necessarily
laid out before them. No, the prospect is rather that the road may
indeed be as rough as the one 100 years ago. Competition in the
industry is intense, the needs of consumers are diverse, and the
trend toward total control of medical expenses is strong.
The time when all men can paint a rosy future is already past.
Not only in the medical supply distribution industry but in all
fields, dying organizations are deviating from the standard path
in order to survive. Momentary inattention is unforgiving, and it
has become difficult for companies that fail to progress to survive.
Our industry is not an exception. Rather, it may be said that competition
in this industry is far more intense compared with that of other
In addition to its century of traditions, achievements, and trust,
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical is fortunate to be blessed with an abundance
of employees possessing a marvelous, inexhaustible appetite for
work and a solid sense of teamwork. Furthermore, our rich and talented
workforce prizes its 100-year history more than anything else.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical has developed a succession of hit products,
and our manufacturing departments occupy a steadfast place in the
industry. Dashing forward in a vehicle borne on the wheels of manufacturing
and sales, Kobayashi Pharmaceutical has full power to travel the
rough roads ahead. Kobayashi is endowed with the strength to march
toward the new century.
The role played by the business departments in the past was certainly
large. However, in order to expand its future fully, Kobayashi Pharmaceutical
must become a stronger elite group. The strategy for that has already
been determined. What is required is having firm convictions and
I have stood up and taken the lead of this elite group steeped
in tradition over the last 100 years, faced the coming century,
and gladly begun the offensive. (Yutaka Kobayashi)