I sincerely hope that this top message finds all of you prospering and in good health.
Certain sectors of the Japanese economy have shown signs of a recovery in consumer spending. Nonetheless, as a result of the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the continued strength of the Japanese yen, and the European currency crisis, the future course of business conditions in Japan remains unclear.
The Konami Group’s operating environment remains challenging, but through rapid management decision making and a strengthened focus on cash flow management, we have bolstered our finan¬cial position and enhanced our earnings capability. To record continued growth in the years ahead, I believe it is important for KONAMI CORPORATION to maximize its corporate value by allocating management resources to fields with strong potential.
In the Group’s business segments—Digital Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Gaming & Systems, and Pachinko & Pachinko Slot Machines—we are seeing ongoing diversification of customer preferences and dramatic changes in the operating environment. In this setting, we will advance to a flexible operational structure that can respond appropriately to these rapid changes, simultaneously track market needs, and flexibly promote the businesses that are needed in markets around the world. In this way, we will strive to implement Group management to facilitate sustained growth.
Through the creation and provision of “Valuable Time,” we will strive to continue to be a corporate group that people hold in high regard.
On behalf of the Konami Group, I would like to thank you for your continued support and encouragement of our efforts.
July 2012Takuya Kozuki