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SYLA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.

Chairman

Hiroyuki Sugimoto

SYLA HOLDINGS Co.,ltd. Hiroyuki Sugimoto
Japan Can Still Grow Further

Management is not an enjoyable thing. Of course, it can be exciting at times, but it consists of 90% difficulty. Thinking about the management and its problems will become a part of your everyday life. I began thinking that perhaps troubles will always be a part of our life. Aside from work, if we think that something is difficult in any areas of our life, it will become one. As for me, I just do my part and try to think that things like these are part of being in the management. Doing that, I turned out to be fine.

Year of Birth
1977
Birthplace
Kanagawa
Name
SYLA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.
Headquarters
Tokyo
Founded
2009
Type of business
Real Estate
url
https://sylaholdings.jp/
When I was four years old, my father failed in the real estate industry, and our once peaceful lifestyle has completely changed. From what I could remember most from my childhood years, we lived with extreme poverty in an apartment with no bathroom. During my high school years, I have experienced fights with my father that ended horribly because of getting physical. Not seeing what lies ahead, I guess both of us fought in an extreme situation. Because of that, I had learned to think seriously about the future.I proceeded to a vocational school after graduating high school, got qualified as a real-estate broker, and ventured into the real estate industry just like my father. I was attracted with the words "full commission" in job advertisements.
When I got hired, I have worked harder than anyone else, and I had frequently attended dinner parties in order to make personal connections. I also thought that they would be lenient on me because I was getting results in my performance. But because of my selfish behavior, I had caused a lot of trouble for the company.I was once offered capital to start my own business; however, my annual salary had already reached over 20 million yen and I was already fulfilled with the growth that I have achieved, so it was difficult for me to just plunge in into something new. However, my mind changed due to frequent terrorist attacks in the United States. I went on a trip to Las Vegas at that time. I thought maybe if I had taken a different flight at that moment, I would have probably be involved in that incident. Having felt the shortness of life, I have decided to do the things I want to do without any delay.After starting up S-GRANT.CO., LTD. independently, we have developed projects one after another starting with the development of a designer's studio apartment. Compared to now, we had a totally different management style. During my 20s, I have rolled out nearly 10 billion yen worth of assets, and I get compliments whether I was in the country or abroad. I let these compliments get into my head, and so I neglected my manners and tried to attract everyone’s attention by showing off my performance.
However, we were affected by the Lehman Shock in 2009, and our business was on the verge of failure. People started disappearing the moment I lost my money. I could say that I deserved it, and I felt defeated in spirit because I was betrayed in all ways I can imagine.Meanwhile, I became allies with employees whom I least expected, and they showed me their strength in the midst of difficulty. I believe that their presence inspired me. And, in the following month, we have restarted our business.Thankfully, my colleagues back in S-GRANT had extended their helping hand and left their current jobs to work with me again. Because of them, I have thought to myself that I cannot fail for the second time. That time, I have decided to do whatever I can for our company to be greater than S-GRANT.Although I still cannot say that we have experienced rapid growth in our profit, I keep in mind not to push ourselves too much in managing the business. It does not mean that I am already content with this. Sometimes, I want to rush everything, but I try my very best to control myself.Who knows, maybe something like the Lehman Shock will occur again. I always discuss the possibility of a similar issue in the future with my employees. The greatest change I noticed in me is that I am now able to consider both scenarios in business: the best where we can exert our maximum performance, and the risk of getting into worst situations. A long time ago, I was only focused on thinking about the best scenarios.

In the near future, I would like to increase our buildings for rent and to be able to support my employees through revenues from rental and managment alone.That way, I will be able to achieve a stable management and to venture into our next goals. We may have big goals ahead of us, but I would like to continue working one step at a time towards it without showing off.With all the negative issues in that Japan is facing today, such as declining population and aging society, national debt, I believe that many people feel trapped from these. However, if we think pessimistically all the time, we will not be able to do something productive. I believe Japan can still grow and is still capable of competing globally. I really hope that the young people will have the guts to explore more of the world. Let’s do this together.

SYLA HOLDINGS Co.,ltd. Hiroyuki Sugimoto
SYLA HOLDINGS Co.,ltd. Hiroyuki Sugimoto

*Information accurate as of time of publication.

SYLA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.

Chairman
Hiroyuki Sugimoto