|From the moment the project contract was awarded in September 2006, the 40-month challenge began. We talked with Minoru Ishida, Executive Officer and Project Director, about this project, which is one of the biggest that Kajima has ever been involved with in its long history.|
Are expectations high for this project, which is under the direct control of the President of Algeria?
The people of Algeria have confidence in Japanese technology and quality, and are hoping for the motorway to be completed as soon as possible. We want to live up to the expectations of Algeria’s government and people, as representatives of Japan — a world technology leader.
It is also challenging to overcome language, cultural, and ethnic differences while performing the job. It has long been said in Japan that the “5 As” are important: awatezu (calmness), aserazu (patience), atenisezu (self reliance), anadorazu (respect), and akiramezu (persistence). I think that a positive attitude is important when doing work in Algeria.
Going forward, I am sure that everyone at COJAAL will maintain good relations and overcome all the various challenges.
I will do my best to ensure that everyone involved in this difficult project experiences the joy and satisfaction of working together to make it a success.