I am Yoshida, president of Yamada Shusei Ltd., a professional apparel garment repair group in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture.
Shohei Ohtani of the Angels was named the American League's Most Valuable Player (MVP) by a full vote. This accomplishment is a great encouragement to small and medium-sized business owners in Japan.
Ohtani challenged the Major Leagues in a style unparalleled in the world, playing both as a pitcher and a hitter.His path has not been smooth, and he has suffered from injuries and poor performance, and has been subjected to criticism and questions at times.
However, Ohtani has stuck to his dreams and goals, and as a result of his constant positive attitude and hard work, he has achieved overwhelming results this season in both pitching and hitting, and has received praise from around the world.
Although it may seem like a high hurdle to say "like Otani," I believe that Japanese small business owners, too, can leverage their strengths and unique characteristics to overcome domestic and international competition.It is precisely because they face a variety of challenges, such as lack of successors, cash flow, and energy problems, that they desperately seek solutions to overcome them and move forward.
I believe that Otani's feat has shown the value and potential of taking on challenges for small business owners. Congratulations, Otani! And thank you!