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Ricoh Institute of Sustainability and Business

About us

Institute Outline

The Ricoh Institute of Sustainability and Business aims to suggest new ways and directions to corporate management by estimating the movement and signs of structural changes in the marketplace with an eye on global business development.We will conduct research activities to contribute not only to the progress of the company (''business'') but also to help bring about a rich and sustainable society (''sustainability'') through our ''corporate activities.''

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The Institute applies its research findings to corporate management by making proposals and providing information for the top management of Ricoh.

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The Institute further deepens its research based on emerging issues and lessons drawn from actual business activities.

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The Institute broadly distributes its research findings to the public through online columns and other means.

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Yasuhiro Hayasaki

Economics and Social Issues Chief Research Fellow

Soichi Sato

Environment, Resource and Energy Chief Research Fellow

Hitoshi Kometani

Planning Unit General Manager and Research Fellow

Takaya Konno

Work Styles Reserch Senior Research Fellow

Mie Tanaka

As of January 25, 2023

Research Areas


For global companies to survive, they respond to changes in the global economy, anticipate such changes in a forward-looking manner, and clarify prospects and risks in the economy. Therefore, we will carefully monitor the real economy and financial market developments at home and abroad. At the same time, we will try to understand possible structural changes in the economy over the medium to long term.

Digital & Technology

We will explore trends in digital technologies, assuming such technologies will contribute to solving social issues and enhancing economic growth from a medium to long-term perspective. We will also follow business developments and prospects of global digital companies.

Industry and Business

Technologies are developing rapidly. The Industry and Business Research Unit researches state-of-the-art management issues that advanced manufacturing industries should respond to by looking ahead to the IoT and the artificial intelligence (AI) era. We will also conduct research on Digital Transformation (DX), which is gaining momentum against the backdrop of COVID-19 and declining population.

Work Styles

There has been a transformation in people’s work styles driven by the advance of technology and development of information society. What are we required for office workers to attain their objectives with pride in their jobs? Considering various factors concerning work, including people, organizations, services, and environments, the Planning Unit addresses the challenges facing companies and explore the role of a digital services company.


Ricoh Institute of Sustainability and Business

3-6, Nakamagome 1-chome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 143-8555, Japan
+81 3-3777-8111

Toei Subway Asakusa Line, Magome Station; 8 minute walk
Go out Exit A1 (Kanjo 7), and turn right.