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  Shinji Hattori is honored with the Blue Ribbon Medal


 The Chairman and Group CEO of Seiko Holdings Corporation and the President and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation, Shinji Hattori, has been awarded a Medal with Blue Ribbon by the Japanese government. This award is given to those who, in the words of the commendation, “have made important contributions to the benefit of the public or have made remarkable efforts in service to the public in the domain of education, medicine, welfare and industry.”

 The decoration acknowledges Hattori’s contribution to the increasingly prestigious reputation of Japanese watch making and his long service to the industry. The “Made in Japan” label is all the more appreciated in the world watch industry and Hattori’s unswerving dedication to the growth of this reputation is the primary reason for the award. Hattori has always placed high value upon the importance of continuous technological innovation as the key strength of Japanese watch making and, under his leadership, Seiko has increased its global fame as one of the world’s very finest vertically integrated producer of watches with high added value. Furthermore, through a single-minded implementation of a brand vision of “Innovation and Refinement,” he has enhanced the value of the Seiko brand in the luxury watch segment.

[Shinji Hattori’s comment]
 I would like to thank everybody who has supported me in my time so far as the President and Group CEO of Seiko, thereby making possible this award, of which I am very proud. Since its foundation in 1881, Seiko has continuously launched innovative products including the Japan’s first wristwatch “Laurel”, the world’s first quartz watch, the automatic generating quartz watch. Like my predecessors, we have followed the credo of the founder Kintaro Hattori who decreed that Seiko should be “Always one step ahead of the rest.” I will continue to follow the lead set by Kintaro, my great grandfather, and to further strengthen the image of Japan’s fine watchmaking.

[Medal with blue ribbon]
 Medals are given by the Japanese government to people who have made outstanding contributions to society. The category of the achievement determines the color of the ribbon. There are red, green, yellow, purple, blue and dark blue. This Spring’s medal ceremony will take place on May 16.

[Profile of Shinji Hattori]

January 1953  born in Tokyo
April 1975  joined Mitsubishi Corporation
July 1984  joined Seikosha Co., Ltd. (current Seiko Clock Inc. and Seiko Precision Inc.)
June 2001  President of Seiko Precision Inc.
June 2003  President and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation to present
June 2007  Director of Seiko Corporation (current Seiko Holdings Corporation)
June 2009  Vice President of Seiko Holdings Corporation
April 2010  President and CEO
October 2012  Chairman and Group CEO till present

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