Message from the President

Satoshi Saito

Ever since its founding in 1967, KIRIHARA SHOTEN has for five decades had the great privilege of serving numerous teachers and learners as an educational publisher of textbooks and reference materials. If I may be allowed to take pride in only one thing, it would be the effectiveness of our goods and services, as expressed to us by our customers over the years. Why does Kirihara Shoten exist or put very simply why do we at Kirihara Shoten get up in the morning? The best way to answer this question is to look at our mission “To make learning and teaching easier.” We take pride in developing and providing easy solutions for difficult problems. Examples include helping a student pass an exam, or allowing better understanding of a complicated grammar point, or supporting a teacher by providing supplementary materials that make it easier to teach a class. It can also take the form of supporting teachers through quality advice or better market research to ensure that what Kirihara Shoten publishes is what the market really needs and wants. Kirihara Shoten aims to be a publisher that will be the first place for teachers and students to turn to for superior textbooks and learning materials. The ideal textbooks and learning materials that we are aiming to create will not be based on lofty idealistic visions but on the educational needs of teachers and learners and on a relationship of integrity and trust. “Integrity” is a word that is understood in our global society and we believe it is one of the superior characteristics of the Japanese people. With integrity — integrity in education, integrity to our valued customers, and integrity to craftsmanship, we at Kirihara Shoten make this pledge to continue earning your trust.

Kirihara Shoten K.K.
President
Satoshi Saito