In 2017, we commemorated the 100th anniversary since the founding of Mikasa. I believe that the spark behind the establishment of the Mikasa brand, which is widely recognized, was the passion of our predecessors for developing balls. In 1932, one of the companies that would later form Mikasa developed the seamless rubber ball prior to World War II. This ball would serve as the precursor to the hollow ball in Japan and led us, as a company in Hiroshima, to be known around the world as Mikasa, the maker of volleyballs. I believe that the driving force behind this is none other than the technical capabilities that have been ceaselessly handed down since our founding and continuously polished which has pushed us to nurture, produce, and spread them widely across the globe.