Morgan Stanley has been focused on the same principle since its foundation: Putting clients first. For more than eight decades, the Firm has helped clients around the world achieve strategic goals by delivering innovative ideas, sophisticated products and exceptional access to capital markets. Nowhere is this more true than in Japan, where we have been serving clients since we first opened a representative office in Tokyo in 1970.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of our operations in Japan as well as the 10th year since we joined forces with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group to create a joint venture here. We have now grown to become one of the premier financial services firms in Japan with more than 1,300 people, offering a wide range of services in investment banking, sales & trading, research, real estate and investment management.
Our strength is rooted in the company culture, which is founded on Morgan Stanley’s five core values – do the right thing, put clients first, lead with exceptional ideas, commit to diversity and inclusion, and give back. These values underpin all we do, enabling us to work as a team to serve our clients with the utmost respect and integrity, and in ways that contribute to the development of Japan’s financial markets as we leverage the Firm’s global network and experience.
On the occasion of our anniversary, I would like to thank our clients, employees and shareholders for their continued support. We look forward to strengthening our business further and contributing to the long-term success of our clients and Japan.