Management Report FY2016
25/40 Further Growth Strategies in Finance Business (1)
This slide shows the current state of affairs with DG Lab, an open-innovation type research and development organization. As listed here, the idea behind its establishment was to develop innovative technologies in the fields of blockchain, artificial intelligence and VR/AR, biotech, and security. For us, the most important points here are the blockchain, which is a lifeline for our company in terms of expansion of settlement platforms, and the artificial intelligence that is required for further improvements of the big data. As for VR/AR, well, we are engaged in a wide array of entertainment-related initiatives. With a viewpoint of developing innovative technologies in such areas, we made certain investments and also provided some human resources to make things moving. We are also considering creation of a platform that would make it possible to exchange points, and here I believe the key will be Bitcoins and the like.
Here is our finance business. In the lease and rental segment, the idea here is to venture into new markets, and in fiscal 2017 we are going to slightly change the way we do things.In the credit guarantee business, we have entered into cooperation with as many as 394 financial institutions, which, I expect, will bring value to the services we offer. We would like to take on a challenge and find new ways to work, ways available as a result of cooperation with these financial institutions.