Cautious Optimism


Responding to COVID-19


A statement from EKO Instruments President, Toshikazu Hasegawa


On the 26th of February, EKO Instruments Japan were due to begin exhibiting at Smart Energy Week 2020; a major 3-day local industry event where we had planned to have two booths, one for Wind and another for our PV products.

The whole team were looking forward to this event; with plans to debut new booth designs, a special social media-focused giveaway, and our widest range of products on display. Mainly, however, we enjoy these kinds of events because they are a great opportunity to meet our customers, our potential customers, students and researchers; to talk about the energy industry and our enthusiasm for what we do and what we make.

So it was with a sad heart that I took the difficult decision to scale back our presence at this event to a minimum and to formally discourage any unnecessary business trips, meetings, or other events across the whole company for the foreseeable future.

As President, I believe my first duty is to the health and wellbeing of my team and our customers. At this stage in the spread of the virus, it is right to be cautious, which is why we are implementing these and other practical safeguards.

However, actions or decisions taken in panic can only spread further disorder; potentially leading to greater damage and hardship than that caused directly by the virus itself.

That is why I also believe it is important to remain optimistic. Each virus and crisis is, of course, unique, but in recent years the world community has weathered SARS, Swine Flu, Ebola, Zika, and others. We shouldn’t be complacent, we must take sensible precautions, but we should also maintain perspective.

This crisis, like others, will pass. In the meantime, the sun continues to shine, the winds continue to blow, and EKO Instruments remains open for business.


Toshikazu Hasegawa


President, EKO Instruments

Tokyo, Japan 27/02/2020



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