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INTERVIEW-1

Koichi Kumeta, Development department

Q&A

Q1. What are your current roles and responsibilities?

I am in charge of designing and enhancing the technology to reduce the noise generated by multifunction devices.

The goal of developing a noise reduction system is not just to simply make our products quieter. First, we set a target noise level for each product according to its purpose of use. Then we measure the noise level. If the product does not meet its specified noise level, we investigate possible solutions and work with other designers to help reduce the level of noise.

Q2. What do you keep in mind while at work?

I try to put most of my energy, about 80% of it, into the planning phase.

I strive to set good goals and clarify challenges. I sometimes ask specialists or other members for advice. Talking to others helps me to more clearly understand the pros and cons of my ideas. I try to think things through to a point where all that is left to do is just doing it.

Never give up.

At work, I sometimes hear things like "this is too difficult" or "I can't do it," but I think that is when I really need to start tackling the challenges. In order to do so, I need to change my way of doing things and be more creative.

"This seems impossible to achieve." "Well then, how should we tackle it?" I think such an attitude is important for any type of work.

Do not lower my standards.

When I'm able to meet the high standards that I have set, that's great. If not, I still always gain something, like being able to find new challenges. Conversely, should I lower my standards, my achievements would be less even when I do succeed, as well as what I gain if I fail.

I have come to realize that there is no merit in lowering my standards.

Keeping in mind both now and later

Handling urgent matters right in front of me is a must, while preparing for the future is also necessary. However, achieving both is difficult. I think it's one of the things many of us consider important in our minds, but which is actually difficult to do. I try to link what I do every day with the current products I am working on, as well as future products. I try not to think about things individually, but try to link things together and think about both now and the future.

Q3. What do you think is the value of technology?

Technology is what changes "the impossible" to "something exciting."

Technology is what makes something achievable that was once considered unachievable. That's why I consider it important to find something "impossible" to achieve, imagine a solution, and be excited about it.

Fuji Xerox and the "feeling of excitement"

I think the starting point of Fuji Xerox is this "feeling of excitement."

Before Fuji Xerox was around, copying and printing involved uncomfortable, cumbersome work, such as writing by hand on paper, using carbon paper, mimeograph, or ink that can make paper and other things dirty. Wet-method diazo copying had a unique smell that people would not have liked. But with Fuji Xerox's technology, clean, high quality copies are made with the push of a button. It's so exciting that I sometimes make copies I don't even need. I think this is the core of what drives Fuji Xerox forward, the feeling of excitement.

Q4. What do you like to do to relax or relieve stress?

Maintaining a healthy mind

I try to spend some time alone and focus on one thing, and not think about anything else. I make efforts so that everyone in my family has some time they can spend individually. One of my coworkers recommended doing this to me.

Keeping up with the latest information

I try to gain information from TV and magazines regarding ways to relieve stress, good stretching exercises, and hot springs.

Maintaining good health

I think maintaining good physical health leads to maintaining good mental health. I stretch every day. I recommend everyone to do it.

One Day - a day in my workweek

9:00 a.m. I come to work. I start the tests that my coworkers and I have been planning on doing on a prototype. This is mid-sized testing that takes three days to complete. I also review the day's schedule with the participating members and system designers.
10:00 a.m. I attended a seminar on vibration mechanisms that was hosted by a company that sells anti-vibration products, in order to gain valuable information from outside sources. I asked other members of my team to take over the prototype testing while I was at the seminar.
12:30 p.m. I usually check my email and eat lunch. Then I take a quick nap. It's very refreshing.
1:30 p.m. I returned to the prototype testing. I made sure that the test is going as planned and the measures we implemented are showing the desired effect. We used data as well as our eyes, ears, and hands to understand the changes in noise and vibration.
3:00 p.m. I had a meeting scheduled with a patent attorney, so I spent time following up on the team's patent application situations, as well as making documents for explaining inventions.
5:00 p.m. I went back to the prototype testing and finished up. I organized the results with the members and made changes to the next day's test plan.
7:00 p.m. I left work.