During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, the Board convened nine times. The Nominating Committee met six times, the Audit Committee met seven times and the Compensation Committee met seven times. All nine outside Directors, including Kanemitsu Anraku who retired in June 2016, participated in all meetings of the Board held during their tenure period in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 except for Joichi Ito (Joichi Ito participated in eight meetings out of nine). Also, all eight outside Directors, including Kanemitsu Anraku who retired in June 2016, who are members of Committees participated in all of the meetings of each Committee held during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. The Board conducted outside Directors' meetings, Directors' corporate strategic workshops with management, site visits by outside Directors and meetings of the Chairman of the Board and the CEO. These activities were aimed at enhancing the oversight function of the Board, securing better understanding by outside Directors of Sony's business and management's initiatives and encouraging corporate strategic discussions among Directors.