The 25th of May 2015 marked our new beginning; on that day, Japan Asia Group was listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. We are the 1,890th company to be admitted to this esteemed group. I hereby express my gratitude to all who supported us and our endeavors to create green communities.
The UN Member States adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the SDGs (Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ), and the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015. The actions that must be taken by countries in the developed world, to address climate change, protect the environment and Earth, and to develop sustainably, have been outlined, and green energy affirmed; we will start debating on our collective practical steps in 2016. My expectation is that our society itself will be required to change, unrecognizably, in the process of transforming our world, not only nations, local governments, businesses and all kinds of organizations, but even down to the individual. Businesses will be required to innovate in the direction of low carbon or de-carbonized products and services while maintaining their corporate growth.
Our society is rapidly ageing with falling birthrates; at the same time, expectations towards corporate citizens to address environmental issues including climate change has never been so high. We are at a turning point as a society right now. As a company that aims to solve societal issues through technology and finance, Japan Asia Group has been presented with an opportunity to make great strides towards our own sustainable growth.