Highlighting JAPAN Vol.124 September 2018
42321to develop a sense of unity. Employees are on an equal footing at these events regardless of their age, gender or employment status. This approach, along with the initiatives that accompany it, is likely why Hori employees want to stay on the payroll.produce the natural ingredients used in their confections. “I feel joy from working and I want to continue working for as long as I feel healthy enough to,” says the firm’s oldest employee, 80-year-old Masao Saito. Yuko Kubota, sixty-seven, who works in the jelly manufacturing plant, emphatically states that, “Although I work hard from morning to evening, I feel like it’s worth it. I want to work here for as long as I can.”Hori says. “The desire to make something delicious results in a completely different product.” The Hori also operates agricultural businesses that “Emotions are conveyed through confections,” 1 Over ten percent of Hori’s employees are enthusiastic seniorsIn the factory, employees work in tandem with robotsAkira Hori, president of Hori Co. Ltd.Seniors working at a farm that produces the natural ingredients for Hori’s confections2 3 4 company’s employees are clearly motivated and enjoy their work, which is likely why so many people love Hori’s confections.“We want to continue investing in equipment to create an environment in which people can work longer,” Hori adds. “We also want to produce confections that take nutrition into consideration. We want our company, employees and products to all be healthy.” When seniors work in an environment where they have a sense of purpose, having the opportunity to extend their careers deepens their affection for the company and its products. That inevitably leads to better products. Hori offers a lesson in how employing seniors and giving them a place to shine helps a company thrive.