Production Department, Tsuneishi Factory
In Tsuneishi, a highly skilled employee in the crucial field of shipbuilding such as welding, painting or roll bending is acknowledged with the title of “Takumi (master artisan)” as a role model for other employees. Takayoshi Kunimoto was acknowledged as a Takumi of “Transportation” in 2009.
Stoicism that allows no compromise
Just because I am a Takumi, that doesn’t mean I have done something special. I simply have fulfilled my duties with confidence. To be confident, you must study and learn. Be self-motivated and once a task is completed, think back if there was anything that could have been done in a better way. Always keep the attitude of thinking how you could make improvements. Then try out the improvements next time. This worked for me. And I have become the person I am now. Looking back, now I can see that it is not up to me to decide if I am excelling at something or if I am a capable employee. If you are involved in transportation and receive a comment like, ‘it was good that the driver was you,’ that is worth more than anything.
What carries importance for you when working?
Accept no compromise. Therefore, whenever there is something that cannot be compromised in order to fulfill my duties or manage the work site, I make my stance clear even to my bosses and talk things over with them. Also, I especially prioritize safety and protection of my coworkers.
Professionalism that never neglects the basics
I was good at handling a crane from the beginning (smile). But only once did I almost get into an accident while I was operating a crane. I may have been overconfident. From this scary experience, I learned the importance of being cautious.
After that, I never forget the basics – safety comes first no matter what – and I am careful not to allow the routine and carelessness, which may follow, to lead to an accident. I am also strict in directing people to ensure that any such signs should not be overlooked.
The hardest challenge is “always do it as it should be”
Do what you are supposed to do, without fail. This is the most difficult part. Transportation is involved in every field of factory activities, and therefore, your knowledge must cover various aspects: the properties of transporting items, facility performance, what is done for a particular process, and so on.
How you transport things can affect work progress or efficiency. It is essential to fully familiarize yourself with what is going on in the site and to also make an effort to understand the work of other departments. To do what you are supposed to do without fail, you have to use your small daily discoveries, with some imagination and creativity, to make improvements.
Work to the best of your ability
What would you advise your junior staff members?
I took part in the establishment of factories in Philippines and China. Looking back, I feel such experiences offered me a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. Therefore, I would recommend that my junior staff members get themselves actively involved in overseas projects. A few months’ work experience in another country will have such a huge and positive impact on them that they will return with the strength that wasn’t there before.
Also, do your work to the best of your ability. I would advise them not to get easily satisfied with their situations but always be aspiring to be better. I am really optimistic about the future of Tsuneishi, because I see how the junior staff members are turning into robust professionals. As you may understand, it is a great pleasure to see the junior staff members – those who learnt from me – how reliably they handle the work on site.