General Meeting of Shareholders and Briefings on FinancialResultsAkebono holds an annual briefing on financial results at theGeneral Meeting of Shareholders once a year while holdingsimilar briefings for security analysts and institutional investorstwice a year. At the General Meeting of Shareholders, ourperformance forecasts, business strategies and midtermbusiness plans are also disclosed. For shareholders who areunable to attend General Meeting of Shareholders, we introducedthe electronic voting system. (Voting rights exercisedthrough this system accounted for 20% at fiscal 2012.)In addition, in fiscal 2012 Akebono invited security analystsand institutional investors to tour Akebono BrakeYamagata ManufacturingCo., Ltd. (YamagataManufacturing), whileholding corporate briefingsat other locationsin Japan for individualinvestors.Plant tour at Yamagata ManufacturingEnhancing Information Disclosed OnlineMaterials used at the aforementioned briefings are postedon our website along with our financial results and factsheets. We also maintain the “AKEBONO MOTORSPORTSCHALLENGE” and “About Akebono” websites to introduceour initiatives in a visual, easy-to-understand manner. Inaddition, we utilize our website and the Tokyo StockExchange’s “TDnet” to ensure timely information disclosurein accordance with related laws and regulations as well asthe rules of securities exchanges.About AkebonoAKEBONO MOTORSPORTS CHALLENGEURL: http://www.akebono-brake.com/sp/corporate/en/http://www.akebono-brake.com/motorsports/en/Enhancing Partnerships through the Activities of Seiwa KaiTo enhance its partnerships with suppliers, Akebono has promotedwide-ranging activities in cooperation with “SeiwaKai,” an association comprising Akebono’s main suppliers.Activities with Seiwa Kai during fiscal 2012 included studysessions that followed up on fiscal 2011 sessions themedon strengthening the quality assurance structure, and theresults were presented in February 2013. Also, in November2012 we organized an observation trip involving some SeiwaKai members flying to India to visit local automotive manufacturersand see growing cities.Ceaseless Efforts toward Quality Enhancement and CostReductionWhile expressing our expectations to suppliers with regard tosuch matters as quality and cost reduction targets, we seekto understand the difficulties confronting them and to findsolutions together, thereby improving our output at less cost.In fiscal 2012, we pursued such initiatives in cooperationwith 24 of our main suppliers. From fiscal 2013 and beyond,we will strive to accelerate these initiatives and achieve greaterimprovements by involving not only the Purchasing Divisionbut also other sections, including those related to development,quality assurance and production.Briefings for Seiwa Kai memberson electro-mechanical brakesPresident Hisataka Nobumotowelcoming attendees to theGeneral Meeting of AkebonoSuppliers (February 5, 2013)Addressing difficulties confronting supplierson-siteWith Our ShareholdersWith Our SuppliersPromoting Information Disclosure Using Diverse ChannelsAkebono is striving to ensure proactive and easy-to-understand information disclosurethrough IR events and online media.Sharing Information and Our Vision on a Regular BasisToward the realization of global quality, we are sharing our goals and challenges with oursuppliers through periodic activities designed to strengthen cooperative ties.A Seiwa Kai members’ group participating in astudy session