To Our Investors
Message from the President
Aiming for sustainable growth and development of the company and society through business activities that capture the trends of the times
First, I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been affected by the global outbreak of the COVID-19 infection, and send my prayers for the earliest possible recovery. I would also like to convey my gratitude and respect to all those who stand on the front lines day and night to face this unprecedented threat.
Zenken Corporation was listed on the Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on June 16, 2021, in the 46th year since Zenken's establishment. I would like to sincerely thank all of you for your support.
In 1975, Nobuo Yoshizawa, the founder of our company, foresaw that as Japan was transitioning from the difficult post-war era towards a period of high economic growth and prosperity, the education of the next generation of children would be key to the further development of the country's economy. He founded our predecessor company to promote business activities related to lifelong education and culture, and since then we have continuously promoted projects that reflect the trends of the times.
Currently, our Group consists of seven companies, including Zenken Corporation, two consolidated subsidiaries, and four non-consolidated subsidiaries. Our main business segments are IT, language, and real estate. The IT segment consists of content marketing business, media business, and AI business, while the language segment consists of corporate language training business, study abroad placement business, and Japanese language education business.
In Japan, the working-age population has been shrinking year by year, due to a declining birthrate and an aging population. In contrast, in 2020 it was reported that the number of foreign workers in Japan had reached a record high of 1.72 million, but that due to the impact of measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection the number of foreign residents had decreased for the first time in eight years. Once the novel coronavirus is under control, however, entry restrictions will be lifted and the government will once again take the initiative to actively accept foreign workers.
In response to this major social trend of the internationalization of Japan ("global inbound"), market needs related to "working" and "studying" will continue to increase.
In addition, as corporate activities and work styles have switched from offline to online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing importance of IT solutions, and the IT human resources that realize the solutions, will be felt ever more keenly.
Against the backdrop of these changes in the market environment, we will vigorously promote business activities that take advantage of the Group's two key strengths - IT and language. We will continue to "create new opportunities" and contribute to the sustainable growth and development of our company and the Japanese society.
We truly appreciate your continued support and encouragement in our endeavors.
Representative Director, President