I sincerely hope that this interim report finds shareholders prospering and in good health.
Getting down to business, in the fields of entertainment and health where the Konami Group concentrates its efforts, the business environment continues to change amid evolving social needs and brisk activity in industry circles fueled by technological innovations.
The Group’s principal businesses in the entertainment and health fields are Digital Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Gaming & Systems, and Pachinko & Pachinko Slot Machines. In these business segments, we consistently strive to provide products and services that capture current trends and thereby address the expectations placed upon us.
In the entertainment field, most notably in Digital Entertainment, the popularity of new devices, particularly smartphones, has spread swiftly around the globe due to steady diversification of consumer needs in every country in the world. Today, people have ready access to all sorts of content anytime they want, and I sense that the public’s expectations of us, as a provider of content, rise higher and higher with each passing day.
In the health field, interest in sports for health reasons is sure to grow in Japan, buoyed by Tokyo’s winning bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. In addition, the composition of Japanese society is definitely heading toward fewer children and more seniors, and I believe our social responsibility as a total health partner will continue to increase with this shifting demographic.
Addressing changing social conditions and shifts in the market environment, we aim to reinforce the Group structure from a global perspective, which will allow us to better respond to the expectations of all stakeholders. At the same time, we are committed to ceaselessly delivering excellent products and services to customers as we continue working together as one to take on new challenges in our quest for success.
On behalf of the Konami Group, I ask you, our valued shareholders, for your continued support and encouragement of our efforts.
November 2013Takuya Kozuki