This division is a bit special. What is different about it?
It is comprised of a variety of people from different companies: some from Toyota, some from Subaru, and some from Suzuki.
Each of you have different experiences and expertise that you have developed from being in different sections.
Moreover, I have just heard that this workplace is growing monthly. People are gathering here not just from Toyota, but from various companies.
Looking at you now, I have no idea who is from Toyota, who is from Subaru, and who is from Suzuki.
I think this is wonderful. Why?
Because it’s a place where people set aside differences and are working to keep the spirit of monozukuri (making things) alive, something that has implications in the real world, and helps each of us to not lag behind the rest of the global automotive industry.
While it’s important to talk about particular underlying technologies and the functions of particular parts of BEVs, you that are here work to make sure that a consistent backbone runs through all these elements.
Lots of things are changing, and I’m sure this presents challenges.
But, this is also what makes your work exciting.
Of course, we still don’t know the future of BEVs.
But despite the unknown, there is no doubt that electrification [of vehicles] is progressing and we are heading towards greater automation, in short, towards Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electrified (CASE) technologies.
Amid these changes, no one knows what the future holds for the ZEV B&D Lab, but I hope that each of you will work consciously to ensure that the experiences you have, the networks you develop, and the friends you make in the course of your work here become positive forces for your future careers and lives.
Having been brought together through a common thread, I want you to focus on cherishing every moment of the experience and valuing the here and now. Of course, I want your time here to be valuable for your respective companies and the divisions from which you have been assigned; but, foremost, I want it to have value for you as individuals.