I am Yoshida, president of Yamada Shusei Ltd., a professional apparel garment repair group in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture.


I read with interest a December 14 article in PRESIDENT Online. The title of the article is "Many people misunderstand the meaning of "one year to live".


I invite anyone interested to read the actual article, but in summary it goes as follows.


Life expectancy is important information for patients and their families, but announcing a specific number can lead to misunderstanding and adherence. Median survival is not appropriate as a life expectancy because it is likely to be off, but not giving a life expectancy at all is also problematic. Physicians must make an effort to communicate life expectancy as a rough guide, not just from a statistical perspective, but from the standpoint of the individual patient.


The situation is different, but the communicator must also be considerate when communicating target figures in the field at work. For example, the value added per hour.


The "target value" is only an average value, so in reality there should be a higher or lower value, but the target value is often the top of the range.


It is easy to make the mistake of thinking that meeting the "target value" is all that is necessary. What is important, therefore, is to communicate as indicators, but to clear targets for the team as a whole, it is important to set and adjust targets according to the experience and ability of each individual and to communicate individually.


With only a few days left in the year 2023, and with the uncertain social climate, including the war, I feel as follows.


We cannot take it for granted that we are alive today. We are all alive because we have been given life.

As human beings, we wanted to make sure that we did not misunderstand this starting point.