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Akasaka Office Opens From Value One, Summer 2017 No. 57
Kokusai Shin-Akasaka East Building (left), the new home of Akasaka Office
Akasaka Office
Address: Kokusai Shin-Akasaka East Building 20F, 2-14-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Access: Directly linked to Akasaka Station on the Chiyoda Line
The Metal One Group relocated elements of its Tokyo headquarters corporate organization and a group member company to the new Akasaka Office on June 5. The aim is to strengthen the general functions and service capabilities they provide to business partners in the domestic market—one of the Group’s key markets. Specifically, our Logistics & Insurance Department, part of the IT Solutions Department and Metal One Office Corporation have been transferred there. At the end of July, Metal One Steel Products Corporation—whose Tokyo headquarters is currently located in Kyobashi—is scheduled to move to JP Tower.

President Shuichi Iwata, Senior Executive Vice President Hiroshi Kuwata and Executive Officer Izumi Konno visited the Akasaka Office on June 9, and attended its opening ceremony. In his address, President Iwata encouraged the officers and employees of the new office: “You are now physically away from the headquarters, but I hope you will continue to collaborate with us using IT tools and other means, and build a new mechanism for business operations.”

(Corporate Planning Department)

IT Management Committee Starts Work From Value One, Summer 2017 No. 57
The IT Management Committee launched in April this year integrates the former IT Strategy Committee and the IT Council. The committee’s members are selected from business and administrative organizations, and meet once a month. The committee’s goal is to manage IT investments by Metal One, functional spinoff subsidiaries and core group members in a consolidated fashion both in and outside Japan.

Metal One and other group members previously managed their own IT investments. The committee’s collective management will also make it possible to standardize IT infrastructure, reduce maintenance costs and plan long-term IT strategies. The new committee is also working out proposals on operational efficiency improvement and workstyle reforms, using the latest IT technology such as AI, IoT, robots and e-commerce.

“First we will upgrade our IT infrastructure fundamentals on a consolidated basis by unifying system management that individual companies have introduced without coordination with others,” committee chairman Jo Adachi says. “This will enhance management visibility and lead to more effective utilization of IT expert personnel to create a consolidated management platform.”

(IT Administration Office)

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