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September 19, 2017

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.

Notice of employment of top sport-climbing athlete

As of September 18, Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd. (SWS) (Head office: Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, President: Fumiyoshi Kawai) has employed a promising sport-climbing athlete who is likely to draw attention in the International Championship.

In anticipation of the "Mie Tokowaka Kokutai," the National Athletic Meet to be held in 2021, Mie Prefecture has established the "Mie Guideline for Improvement of Athletic Skills" and has been addressing regional activities through training and development of athletes and sports promotion. As part of this promotion program, Mie provides support for the employment of top athletes.

In support of these activities of Mie Prefecture, we at SWS have also employed a top athlete with great performances in the Bouldering and Lead Climbing World Cup. We expect that sports activities and the inspiring performances of the athletes will stimulate dreams, hopes, and vitality throughout the company, and foster a sense of solidarity. This is the second time we have employed a sport's top athlete, the first one being in women's rugby.

We will continue to provide support for and develop athletes in Mie Prefecture and actively promote sports.

[Athlete profile]
Name: Keita Watabe
Major results:
Bouldering World Cup 2016 --- 23rd (annual ranking)
Bouldering World Cup 2017 --- 4th (annual ranking)
Future schedule:
October: National Athletic Meet in Ehime
(as an athlete representing Mie Pref.)
October: Lead Climbing World Cup 2017 (in China)
November: Lead Climbing World Cup 2017 (In Slovenia)

[Watabe's comment]
I'm Keita Watabe. I joined SWS this month.
I believe that I am now in an environment where I can dedicate myself to my training and competition events.
I am committed to representing everybody with good performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Mie Tokowaka Kokutai 2021.
I appreciate your kind support and encouragement.

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