Luis Kasuga, Nikken President & CEO; New Year message to the Wellness Community…

Dear Nikken Global Wellness Community,

During Nikken’s 47 years around the world and within my 27-year career with the company, I have seen over and over how new entrepreneurs are born. When people strive under uncomfortable and challenging circumstances, their smiling faces at the very instants of achieving their goals present me with some of my own happiest moments. I sincerely hope that we continue to be a space to encourage well-being and entrepreneurship.

Nikken is a successful and recognized brand in the field of wellness, not by mere chance but because you have chosen it to be part of your lives and have shared its benefits with hundreds of thousands of people. Those who have also chosen Nikken as their own business have set high goals. You do not give up in the face of adversity and have learned to rise to the challenges of being an entrepreneur, raising high the Nikken name. The truth is that I feel very fortunate to be part of this Global Wellness Community and, together with my colleagues from around the world, to be able to serve all of you.

I know that we had to face greater challenges this year than last year; the world has changed rapidly and continues to change. We adapt to circumstances and are committed to raising our standards in every region as a company. At Nikken, we are happy to take on the challenges we have and to improve wherever there is a need. The improvement and renewal process is ongoing because we have a dedicated and committed team of Nikken staff. We want Nikken to be a transformative experience because we know that each of you has a dream, a goal that you want to fulfil.

I will continue counting on you to carry on with our great community next year and onward. The objective is for your businesses to grow, just as you get closer to your professional and personal goals each day of every year. We are an unstoppable community.

This is a time of celebration, joy and emotion. We meet with our loved ones to welcome the New Year of 2022. It is a year that will bring us many new experiences as well as reasons to celebrate fresh accomplishments as we continue on our path towards Vision 2025.

I sincerely hope that this season and the beginning of the New Year fill your homes with blessings and joy. May you and your loved ones be blessed with family unity and the most precious gifts of love, peace and health. Happy Holidays and to a prosperous 2022!

Your friend,

Luis Kasuga 

President & CEO

30th December 2021

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Meaningful Activities Help Overall Well-Being…

Buttoning a shirt… Tying shoelaces or a necktie… These are some of the things we may take for granted but are actually “meaningful activities” because they are everyday aspects of Active Wellness and impact the quality of our lives. Sometimes a life event might transform these everyday activities into goals. Beginning in 2010, that’s what World Occupational Therapy Day celebrates every year on the 27th October: helping people across their lifespans to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities.1

We might not think about these daily activities until they’re become more difficult to do. Finding ways for us to do them is what occupational therapists are concerned with.2 An occupational therapist will talk with us about our needs and goals. They’ll do tests to find out our strengths and challenges, then come up with a plan to reach our goals. This will include exercises and activities to strengthen our skills. While the word “occupation” usually means a job or profession, it can also refer to daily activities that let us live independently and bring meaning to our lives.

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is the international voice of the profession and globally comprises 101 national organizations. World Occupational Therapy Day is the opportunity to promote their holistic approach to maintaining mobility throughout life. Occupational therapists focus on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, who is considered an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.3

This year’s theme for World Occupational Therapy Day is “Belong. Be You.”4 OTs (as occupational therapists are known for short) do just that: help us belong in our Global Wellness Community by being ourselves, as purposeful participants in Active Wellness. 

1. https://www.aota.org/conference-events/otmonth/what-is-ot.aspx

2, 3. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-an-occupational-therapist

4. https://wfot.org/world-occupational-therapy-day

22nd October 2021

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Build Your Personal 5 Pillars Mindset

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Recently I had the privilege of attending a Nikken leadership summit that was conducted by our sales and marketing team, led by President Luis Kasuga. Our CEO,  Mr. Fulle, was also in attendance. I came away with various nuggets of information and inspiration to work with in the coming year. Perhaps you can make use of them, too.

  • The original 5 Pillars of Health, when literally translated from the Japanese, really should be the 5 Pillars of “Wellness.” Wellness inherently connotes well-being, whereas health involves potential illness and therefore, possible cure. At Nikken, we help people with Active Wellness, achieving and maintaining well-being, never in curing or healing illness. Living with Active Wellness is an ongoing process that can always be improved upon.
  • The Family Pillar translated literally from the Japanese, really should be the “Relationship” Pillar. Families are doubtless the most important segment of all the relationships we choose to build or maintain over the years. Relationships are more far-reaching, so do not limit yourself to your family when building this pillar.
  • In Japanese, the literal translation for what we call the Society Pillar is actually “contributions.” There are people everywhere who need your help, which means there are infinite opportunities to serve. Using Nikken as a vehicle to serve does not mean just sharing the beneficial products. It means sharing yourself, as you are the actual contributor to the people you interact with. In the words of the original Nikken founder, “You are irreplaceable because you are you.”
  • We need Nature. Nature doesn’t need us. We need to be good to Nature and help preserve her, because we need her. In other words, the environment doesn’t need saving—it has been around for ages and will survive with or without humans. We, however, need the environment to support our well-being, so we are responsible for keeping it clean. We are responsible for being respectful of Nature for our own survival.
  • What is your legacy? What do you want your legacy to be? At Nikken, we share the ideal of Humans Being More. We share it but we don’t supply it. In other words, each individual has to commit to being more. It is a personal choice proven by positive behavior and service. We can role model it – that is a worthy legacy. What else can you add to your legacy?

I hope you had a wonderful 2019 and wish for you and yours an even better and more empowering new year of 2020. Remember, “Our past doesn’t define us. It provides lessons for the future.”

Provided by Mabel Chiu, Nikken

27th December 2019

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