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Good day, everyone, and welcome to today’s Nomura Holdings Fist Quarter Operating Results for Fiscal Year Ending March 2013 Conference Call. Please be reminded that today’s conference is being recorded at the request of the hosting company. Should you have any objections, you may disconnect at this point in time. During the presentation, all the telephone lines are placed for listen-only mode. The questions-and-answer session will be held after the presentation.
Please note that this telephone conference contains certain forward-looking statements and other projected results, which involve known and unknown risks, delays, uncertainties and other factors not under the company’s control, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from the results, performance or other expectations implied by these projections. Such factors include economic and market conditions, political events and investor sentiments, liquidity of secondary markets, level and volatility of interest rates, currency exchange rates, security valuations, competitive conditions and size, number and timing of transactions.
With that, we’d like to begin the conference. Mr. Atsushi Yoshikawa, please go ahead.
Good evening. This is Atsushi Yoshikawa, newly appointed Group COO and CEO of the Wholesale division. Let me first briefly introduce myself. I was the CEO of the Asset Management division, as well as the President of Nomura Asset Management from April 2008 to June 2011. After that, I have been working on the buildup of the Americas business as CEO of Americas since last July. Since joining Nomura, I have been working in the Retail business, the equity businesses of Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, as well as investment banking, Asset Management and the regional management of the Americas, and I would like to fully utilize my experience.