Message from the President
Expressways are deeply rooted in people's lives and are an important social infrastructure that will continue to contribute to the development of culture and industry in Japan for many years to come. Based on our previous "Management Plan Challenge V 2016-2020," the Group has positioned "sustained efforts to improving the safety and strengthening the functions of expressways" at the top of its management policy; and has continued to consistently maintain the Group's culture of safety at a high level in order to continue ensuring customers' safety. In addition, in anticipation of major social changes such as a declining birthrate and an aging population, a declining population, aging social infrastructure, and the increasing sophistication of ICT, we have been promoting efforts to strengthen expressways' functions such as opening new expressways, converting them to four or six lanes or counteracting aging through renovation, and reinforcing them against earthquakes, based on the steady implementation of the "Five Initiatives Policy” for improving safety. Moreover, we have launched an initiative to accelerate innovation in expressways called "i-MOVEMENT," a groundbreaking highway maintenance management program using next-generation technologies, and we have been conducting demonstration tests on various subjects. In terms of service areas, we have systematically proceeded with new construction and renovation; and we have developed distinctive areas in various locations by utilizing local resources along expressways. We have also enhanced the entire Group's productivity by optimizing business processes and information systems.
Today, the Group's business environment is rapidly changing. In the wake of the spread of COVID-19 which has had a major impact on society and the economy, there is an urgent need to take measures in anticipation of changes that lie ahead. These measures include the use of rapidly advancing digital technologies; the introduction of new technologies and new services such as “CASE” (Connected, Autonomous/Automated, Shared, Electric) and “MaaS” (Mobility as a Service) in order to cope with a new era in transportation systems; and environmental conservation through business activities aimed at realizing a "decarbonized society.”
New Management Policy
- Deepening sustained efforts to improve safety
- Strengthening the functions of expressways and evolving them into expressways that are widely used by customers
- Challenging ourselves to create new value adapted to environmental changes such as digitalization and decarbonization
- Strengthening our management base to continue to meet the expectations of customers and other stakeholders
By working together as a group to promote the 5-year initiatives stipulated in our "Management Plan Challenge V 2021-2025," we aim to realize our corporate philosophy, provide value to our stakeholders through our business activities, and fulfill the Group's universal social mission at a higher level.
President and Chief Executive Officer Yoshihito Miyaike