Daifuku Report 2019

Environment, Society, GovernanceKaku Kato (Newly assumed office in June 2019)Verifying with an impartial eye to help enhance corporate governanceFor the 37 years since I joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd., including my time working outside of Japan, I had been involved in legal and internal auditing affairs. At Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd., I was also involved in fields with which I had been unfamiliar until that time, such as HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) and mining laws. During this time, I also feel that I took the initiative on advocating the importance of compliance and corporate governance, which has become a matter of course today. Although we also faced major lawsuits, incidents, and scandals, I am proud to say that my colleagues at the time and I were able to resolve these challenges to the satisfaction of all parties. My impression of Daifuku is of a very serious, down-to-earth company. On the other hand, I feel that the management team is candid and presents a friendly atmosphere.  In terms of corporate governance, my impression is that Daifuku has established and operates an extremely robust framework. However, this must continuously be updated and further upgraded in light of the situation as the environment changes over time and business expands. While leveraging and extending the expertise Daifuku has cultivated over the years, it is important to continuously verify that these systems have not fallen behind the times and have not become nonsensical in the eyes of the world. I believe that my role to observe Daifuku from the outside lies first and foremost in this verification function. As I further deepen my understanding and fondness for Daifuku, I hope to build an even stronger relationship with the Company, while at the same time always keeping an impartial eye on the company and maintaining an appropriate distance. Further, I hope to serve as an outside director whose comments are viewed as encouraging, and that my presence has helped avoid mistakes.ProfileApril 1978 Joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd.April 2008 General Manager of Legal Division, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.April 2011 Associate Officer; General Manager of Legal Division, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.April 2012 Managing Officer; General Manager of Internal Auditing Division, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.April 2015 Executive Officer; Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and in charge of Corporate Governance, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd.June 2016 Managing Executive Officer; CCO and in charge of Corporate Governance, Human Resources & General Affairs, HSE, Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd.June 2018 Adviser, Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd. (to present)Message from Outside DirectorsCorporate Governance52

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