The awards ceremony held in Tokyo on July 1 was attended by over 100 participants, including members of top management from all over the region. During the ceremony, trophies were presented to Kenichi Gendo, President of Sony/Taiyo Corporation, and Masahide Nishimichi, former President of Sony Hikari Corporation and current Diversity Advisor of Sony Corporation.
In addition to the awards ceremony, presentations of the points that won high marks were given during panel discussions involving the winning companies. Mr. Yushin Sato, Assistant Manager, Disabled People Employment Promotion Section, Sony/Taiyo Corporation explained the idea adopted by Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka for employing people who can demonstrate that they can overcome their difficulties and demonstrate their superiority over able-bodied people without special privileges. He described examples of how the company has been taking initiatives based on this idea to help employees with disabilities become more autonomous through consideration and support over a period of 36 years.
Ms. Takako Hagiwara, President, Sony Hikari Corporation explained how Sony Corporation and the relevant departments of group companies make a commitment to employ disabled persons as a matter of company policy, and described their efforts to meet the challenge of developing careers for people with mental disabilities.