Cautionary Statement with Respect to Forward-Looking Statements
The strategies, beliefs, and plans related to future business performance as described in this annual report are not established facts. They are business prospects based on the assumptions and beliefs of the management team judging from the most current information at the time this report was prepared, and, therefore, these prospects are subject to potential risks and uncertainties. Due to various crucial factors, actual results may differ substantially from these forward-looking statements. These crucial factors that may adversely affect performance include:
1) consumer trends and economic conditions in the Company’s operating environment;
2) the effect of yen exchange rates on sales, assets and liabilities denominated in U.S. dollars and other currencies;
3) the tightening of laws and regulations regarding safety and other matters that may lead to higher costs or sales restrictions; and
4) the impact of natural disasters and intentional threats, war, acts of terrorism, strikes, and/or plagues. Moreover, there are other factors that may adversely affect the Company’s performance.