Tokyo Head Office
"By focusing on its core manufacturing principles, Toyota is committed to building cars that customers love the world over."
In fiscal 2007, ended March 31, 2007, Toyota again posted solid business results. On behalf of Toyota's management team, I would like to sincerely thank our shareholders, customers, suppliers, and local communities for their constant support and understanding, which continue to underpin Toyota's growth.
This year, Toyota celebrates its 70th anniversary. Looking back, our development and growth is a result of sticking to manufacturing basics while focusing on making cars that meet customer needs. "Making things" is not simply making products by using machines and materials. It also embraces the know-how and skills our predecessors garnered through repeated trial and error as well as a sense of accomplishment and pride. We believe that "making things" is about developing people. So we have taken a long-term approach that aims to cultivate employees. As Toyota continues to grow, I believe that one of my major responsibilities is to pass on this approach to manufacturing to the next generation.
The first sentence of The Toyoda Precepts, which asserts Sakichi Toyoda's philosophy, states, "Be contributive to the development and welfare of the country by working together, regardless of position, in faithfully fulfilling your duties." This philosophy is the foundation for Toyota's success and management mind-set to this day. As we look to The Toyoda Precepts as our guiding principles, we want to continue to develop the Company while contributing to the development of the automotive industry and international society. We will also step up our efforts to tackle environmental issues. My pledge to you is that we will maintain our focus on earning the trust and respect of people around the world.
Fujio Cho , Chairman