Toray Human Resources Development Center opened (Mishima).
At Toray, we believe that "securing and developing human resources" is a management issue of the greatest importance. We promote training at every level, inclusive of training to cultivate the next generation of leaders. The home base for these efforts is the Toray Human Resources Development Center, which opened in 1996. Describing the center's purpose, President Katsunosuke Maeda said, "People are what make an enterprise rise or fall, and it is people who open a path to a company's future. The development of human resources at our company serves three purposes. First, it is to develop personnel who are trusted by society at large as contributing members of society and businesspeople; who can conduct themselves with fairness, a high level of ethics, and a sense of responsibility. The second is to develop personnel who are aware of the roles they are expected to play, both within and outside the company; who strive to acquire high-level specialized knowledge and technology; who value and develop their creativity, and who can solve problems by confronting reality head-on and working hard to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. The third is to develop leaders with foresight, leadership, and a sense of balance."