Thanks to your warm support, we are celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2021. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the beauty salon owners, beauticians, and other beauty professionals for their patronage. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thirty years ago, we launched re-quest/QJ with the desire to help beauty salon management and to change the labor market and hiring environment in the beauty industry. Today, we deliver the magazine to the homes of 50,000 beauticians, but the number of beauty school students continues to decline and the number of salons continues to increase. The competition for employment is becoming more and more intense, and it is becoming more and more difficult to recruit new talent. It is precisely because of this that we must meet your expectations by utilizing our many years of experience in recruiting for the beauty industry. We want to anticipate changes in the rapidly evolving communication environment, including smartphones and SNS, and solve their problems.
While focusing on improving the recruitment environment, we will also address structural issues in the beauty industry.
The further evolution of "hairdressers are the sixth media" technology should enable us to increase productivity per hairdresser by translating the relationship of trust between beauty salons and customers, and between hairdressers and customers, into economic value.
In addition, Nippon's beauty industry, which boasts the world's highest standards in technology and service, leads the world in beauty, making Japan a "Beauty Nation. Asia, whose population continues to grow in spite of Japan's declining population. Japan's beauty technology, which manipulates its black hair, is now in demand around the world.
Big data, artificial intelligence, IoT, and technology are advancing more and more, and the future is predictable. It is exciting just to think about how beauty salons and hair stylists will be in such an era.
A hairdresser is a wonderful profession that is rewarding, lucrative, and can be used all over the world. We will continue to challenge with all of you who are involved in the beauty industry, aiming for such a future where the world appreciates us as such.
President. Takashi Hasegawa