Tokyo, Japan, July 16, 2008 - NSK Friendly Service is a new wholly, owned subsidiary of NSK Ltd. created to provide employment for people with disabilities. NSK Ltd. announced today that NSK Friendly Service has received official certification as a special subsidiary under Japan's Employment Promotion Act for People with Disabilities.
Incorporated March 26, 2008 as part of a broader CSR initiative by Japan's largest ball-bearing maker, NSK Friendly Service is headquartered at group head office in Tokyo. Takashi Ishida is the new firm's President and CEO.
On May 6 the first seven Friendly Service staff began providing support services at NSK's Fujisawa Technology Center in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo. Initial duties include cleaning, recycling and landscape maintenance plus clerical support such as folding brochures and stuffing envelopes.
“This is a positive initiative both for our new employees and the NSK Group,” Mr. Ishida said. “Our Friendly Service team members deserve a chance to prove their abilities. And with a shrinking labor force in Japan the company needs greater diversity in hiring.”