Candidate No. 7

Hitomi Kato

New  External  Independent

DOB: April 12, 1954

Number of shares owned: 0 shares

Special interests: None

 

Career Summary:

1977Joined Mitsubishi Oil Co., Ltd.

1986Joined Matsubara, Muraki & Associates

1996Joined Takasago International Corporation

2006General Manager of Legal  and Patent Department, Takasago International Corporation

2014Established Falea Company Limited (Current)

2017Director, Legal Division, Nikko Chemicals Co., Ltd. (Current)

 

Significant Concurrent Posts:

President, Falea Company Limited

Director, Legal Division of , Nikko Chemicals Co., Ltd.

 

Reason for Election as External Director

Hitomi Kato has been engaging in corporate legal affairs for many years and has abundant experience in various areas such as dealing with various types of litigation, developing international business and patents. Apart from being active in the Association of Corporate Legal Departments, she has experience in lecturing at universities and government offices and formulating and writing guidelines on topics such as internal reporting systems and trade secrets. In addition, following a period as a full-time housewife, she returned to corporate life, and gained various work experience such as working while researching at a graduate school. We believe she will able to provide advice and recommendation to increase the supervision function on management and on ensuring management transparency due to her broad understanding and diverse experience and have therefore nominated her as a candidate.

Note that she is aware that if elected a Director of the Company, he will fundamentally be able to attend all Board of Directors meetings and her intention is to fulfill her duties as a Director of the Company.

 

Matters Concerning Independence

She satisfies the requirements for independent directors prescribed by the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. and the “Independence standards for external directors” prescribed by the Company.

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