Izumiya is the traditional "house name" of Sumitomo. The root word, izumi means "A fountain". From that, the title "Spring of Integrity" expresses that a spring of trust has welled up from a fountain now and will forever. In order for a better understanding about the Sumitomo Group, it is introducing the history of Sumitomo. With a history going back longer than 400 years, this publication highlights the spirit of the Sumitomo business, which has been passed down through the year with its various businesses and activities which capture the spirit of the Sumitomo Group, its companies, and associated facilities and organizations.
"SUMITOMO QUARTERLY", a quarterly PR magazine in English for readers abroad, is issued to make the Group better known and appreciated. The magazine features Japanese people and their activities past, present and future. Since its first issue in 1980, the Quarterly has consistently offered information that enables better understanding of Japan, to ensure continued friendly relations with the rest of the world.
Since 1995 we have supported this contest, begun by the Maruoka-cho Cultural Foundation in Fukui Prefecture. We support this event mainly for the following two reasons. First, the contest features the spirit common to our message: Passing important values from people to people. Second, Maruoka-cho is where Masatomo Sumitomo, our founder, was born.
Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition
In this competition, we offer an aim to students learning arbitration and negotiation and also we would like students to deepen exchange with persons in charge of judgment such as businessman, lawyer and instructor being active in society and learn something unlearnable within the range of lessons at the university through the intercollegiates.
Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee has been supporting the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition since its establishment in 2002 because we sympathize with the competition’s gist “Deepening the society’s interest in negotiation and developing the young human resource” and think an establishment of the intercollegiates between universities is “important and meaningful”.
Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee has been supporting “The Speech Contest of the Schools for the Blind”.
This contest has been observing tradition since its establishment in 1928 by Tenji Mainichi of Mainichi Newspaper Co., Ltd.
Because the gist of this contest “Sending the message of our mind with our own words” has a commonality with our group message “Passing important values from people to people”, we’ve been specially supporting this event since 2003.
The Family was the topic of discussion during this year’s very successful Sumitomo Cultural Forum held in Tokyo. Follow the link to read more about the event and the important message that was delivered by the participants. The Sumitomo Cultural Forum - 2007 was held in The Yuraku-cho Asahi Hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.