Naoko Shimizu, President, Sakura Lifesave Associates, Inc.
Happy New Year
In 2019, political conflict split the United States in two. During the November hearing, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff spoke straight to my heart when he asked: “What is our mission?” Beyond political implications, I took this to mean that we are here to make history every day, setting the foundation for the future generation by staying true to ourselves even when facing possible unfavorable outcomes—in the United States, regardless of your different beliefs and values, we always respect who you are.
Fifteen years ago, with the mission of making the world a better place, this company was founded to offer a wide range of medical consultancy services. We have been able to help people save lives and assist with births across borders. Through our work, we have had opportunities to share the pinnacle moments in their lives. For the last five years, over the course of two lectures per year, we have actively communicated methodologies and options that were contrary to the traditional beliefs of Japanese society. As a result, especially in the reproductive medicine sector, we welcome multiple babies each month whose births would otherwise have been impossible. With the power alone to encourage this progress, I feel that I can make history.
The world is becoming a society without borders, pushing aside old customs in favor of acceptance and diversity. In the past year, women of color won one after another at major beauty pageants all over the world. This is just one sign that the world has been changing better gradually.
In 2020, we pledge to help more people find joy, and wish you all great health and happiness in the new year.