I wish you a happy New Year.
I sincerely hope that 2018 will be a great year for everyone.
On January 4, 2018, our company name changed to Canon Medical Systems Corporation. I am delighted to be able to celebrate this day with our many customers and employees around the world, who have been so supportive. On this day, we become the core of Canon's medical business both in name and reality. We must leverage synergies of our integration with Canon in order to further contribute to human health through innovative technologies and solutions.
It is now over one year since we joined the Canon Group. Throughout that period, we interacted with each other to deepen mutual understanding of our businesses in terms of production, development, and human resources. Exposure to Canon's culture, which we were previously not familiar with, and reexamination our existing processes and practices, has led us to make new discoveries, fostered new ideas and acquainted us with new people. I am confident that the accumulation these influences will act as a catalyst for even-greater future development.
In 2018, which marks our new chapter as Canon Medical Systems, we also celebrate our 88th anniversary. From this inaugural year as Canon Medical Systems, all of us are dedicated to focusing our efforts and energies to take the business from strength to strength. The number 8 is thought to be lucky in Japan because of the widening shape of its kanji character, and so this anniversary could be considered doubly auspicious.
Thank you all for your continued support.