In addition, since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, Bridgestone has systematically implemented earthquake-resistance measures in buildings. This is to protect the lives of each of our employees, but we also believe that protecting production facilities and other corporate assets from destruction is the basis of good corporate management. In the interest of business continuity, these initiatives also go toward reducing risk to meet social requirements.

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, we have again looked carefully into the vulnerability to disaster of building components such as ceilings and pipes. We have put in place our own standards in these regards and are proceeding with earthquake-proofing in a well-planned manner. We are also formulating and proceeding with similar measures at our operations overseas.