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Easier said than done.


Easier said than done.

A famous proverb in Japanese. The original text comes from Entetsuron, a 2000 year old economic report from the Chinese Han Dynasty.

Entetsuron is an ancient book about the times of war and the engineering industry aggressively putting pressure on the national economy during the Han Dynasty Era. There was an enforcement of a monopoly system, as well as a taxation on salt, iron and liquor. In one section, there is a quote: “The speaker does not necessarily have virtue. Because it is easy to say, but difficult to do.”

Nowadays, for a company in a developed economy one of the biggest issues is “maintenance of the global environment”. At Nikkol Group we have established the “GCS+E” strategy – “GREEN”, “CLEAN”, “SUSTAINABLE”, “ECONOMY”. We have been encouraging the use of certain eco-friendly raw materials, as well as energy and water saving in order to put less pressure on the environment. A product that is not only sustainable but also economical is what we have been working on. Through the production of raw materials for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, detergents, inks and other industries, we consider “GCS+E” a method to contribute to people’s daily lives and create a sustainable society.

In March 2015, our factory in Nasu, Tochigi prefecture, installed the solar panels for the first time. As a part of our GCS+E strategy, our intention is to use more solar energy for our factory. We trust that intentional use of solar energy will have a strong impact on the maintenance of the global environment. However, there are still very few companies that do use solar energy. This is because it is “easier said than done”.

Setting up solar panels requires a lot of space and time. In case of Nasu factory, we used 1500 square meters and it took about a year to complete the project. However, the energy that is produced through this solar panel, is only 10% of what we need. If one wants to pursue “efficiency” only, one would not choose the “set up a solar panel” option.

There are a few more projects at Nasu that are focused on environment preservation.
For example, Professor Kobayashi from Tokyo University collaborated with our company to create a special chemical reactor, which is currently being used in our factory. This reactor has high energy efficiency and ability to reutilize the catalysts. It takes up very little space to set up. “Saving energy, saving resources, saving space” is becoming a reality. Our company is the first to introduce this breakthrough reaction system after ten years of development process.

How many obstacles of “easier said than done” we can overcome – we believe that the true nature of leading companies is called into question there.

The enforcement of a monopoly system and taxation on salt, iron and liquor that began in the Chinese Han Dynasty – 2000 years later is still seen as a significant way of maintaining a nation’s economy and is used in many countries across the globe. However, the reaction of the people when Han Dynasty established this new system must have been extreme. In spite of the protests, the rulers of China decided not to pursue the short-term stability of power and insisted to implement the new monopoly system. That decision may have been the first step towards China’s current position as one of the world’s leading economies.