Munakata Kazuhiko(joined in 2009)Tokyo Office
Q. What kind of work were you involved in up until now?
A. When I joined the company, I spent my first 2 months doing on-the-job training, followed by a year-long assignment at the Yokkaichi Factory of Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd., our parent company, where I was involved in engine assembly. It was hard getting used to working on the conveyor production line and I have a lot of difficult memories, but it was a very important experience.
When I came back to Goshi, I was assigned to the New Model Block of the Technology Division where for about three years I was in charge of process planning and cost calculation for new model components. I’m now working in our Tokyo office.
Q. What kind of work do you do now?
A. I get to work with the Motorcycle R&D Center of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. as a guest engineer, where I work with engineers from Honda to develop motorcycles.
Specifically, in addition to turning Honda’s blueprints into actual products, I think about what kind of systems we can offer so that we can meet the stable quality, costs, and delivery times desired by the customer. In the new model R&D process, I’m involved in the steps starting with specification analysis up to product development. I work on the front lines of R&D, where I suggest improvements in order to satisfy the demands of our customers.
Q. What do you want to do in the future? What are your goals?
A. I want to be directly involved in Monozukuri, the Japanese philosophy of creation and craftsmanship.
My goal with regards to our customers and product development is to become a sales engineer. I first need to absorb the technical knowledge that I still lack, and then I can use the experience I’ve accumulated to negotiate with customers on cost.
Tomohiro Inoue(joined in 2005)Welding Subsection, Factory Section 1
I belong to the Welding Subsection of Factory Section 1, and I’m in charge of commissioning new models and minimizing defects during production to provide stable quality in welded sections of motorcycle mufflers and frames. Welding may seem simple, but there are actually many different methods, and each differs considerably depending on metal thickness and material.
Recently, we’ve been getting requests for advanced techniques, such as thin-plate and titanium welding, so I’ve been studying constantly to build a good set of welding techniques so we don’t lose out to other companies.
There’s a lot of trial and error in order to make good looking welds that meet welding criteria with few corrections, and while a lot of things may not turn out as expected, but it makes me feel really good about my work when I see something we’ve made installed on an actual motorcycle.
I still have a lot to work on, but I’m doing my best every day to make sure that Goshi mufflers become famous around the world.
Daichi Muto (joined in 2010)Technology & Development Division
I’m currently part of the Technology & Development Division, and I’m involved in commissioning models for 2- and 4-wheel vehicles. I’m mainly in charge of process settings for pressing, welding, surface treatment, etc., of new models, so I put all my effort into making sure processes are high quality, high efficiency, and low cost. Right after I joined the company, I spent a year outside Kumamoto Prefecture, then joined this division in my second year.
Naturally, because I was new to the company, everything was new to me, so I didn’t know how to move forward and I remember it as a really difficult time.
If I make one mistake in a setting for a process, it can have a great effect on product quality and cost, so I’ve got that weight on my shoulders every day at work.
Although I’ve got a lot of responsibility, it makes me really happy when a model I was in charge of makes it to mass production, and I’m proud that I worked so hard to get it there. Also, all of my coworkers and bosses are really nice and interesting people. As part of the party-loving Technology & Development Section, I’m happy to be involved in such fun and fulfilling work.
Mika Nishino (joined in 2002)Miho Sonoda (joined in 1996)
Accounting Block,Management Division
We belong to the Accounting Block of the Management Division and oversee financial accounting. Our work seems rather serious and tedious, like data input, managing accounts payable and receivable, and funds management, but it’s a really happy workplace with an enjoyable atmosphere. Because we’re a section that handles money, we need people both inside and outside the company to know that we are trustworthy, so that’s something we work on daily.
It is also a very women-friendly company where employees can continue to work after getting married or having a baby. I was able to take a year of maternity leave and come back to my original job.
I sometimes need to take off for school events or if a kid gets sick, but the company has a policy of using 100% of vacation time, so I’m able to take advantage of my paid days off.
Thanks to the help of everyone around me, I’m able to balance both my work and being a mother. There are many employees at Goshi Giken with children, and I feel that it is a very understanding company regarding childcare.