NSK Friendly Service - new opportunities for the disabled

24 July 2008

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NSK Friendly Service is a new wholly- owned subsidiary of NSK Ltd created to provide employment for people with disabilities. NSK Friendly Service has now received official certification as a special subsidiary under Japan's Employment Promotion Act for People with Disabilities.

Incorporated on 26 March 2008 as part of a broader CSR initiative by what is described as Japan's largest ball-bearing maker, NSK Friendly Service is headquartered at group head office in Tokyo. Takashi Ishida is the new firm's President and CEO.

On 6 May 2008 the first seven Friendly Service staff began providing support services at NSK's Fujisawa Technology Center in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo. Initial duties include cleaning, recycling and landscape maintenance, plus clerical support.

Mr Ishida comments: "This is a positive initiative both for our new employees and the NSK Group. Our Friendly Service team members deserve a chance to prove their abilities. And with a shrinking labour force in Japan, the company needs greater diversity in hiring."

NSK and NSK Friendly Service aim to provide a work environment where employees can make full use of their abilities, in line with the NSK Corporate Philosophy: "To provide challenges and opportunities for all employees, channelling their skills and fostering their creativity and individuality".

The NSK Group is committed to increasing its overall employment of people with disabilities, and intends to actively promote employment opportunities at each of its Group companies.

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