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Philanthropy BACK ISSUES

October 2017

Philanthrophy  vol.66 Mitsubishi Materials Ikuno Silver Mine Ruins Designated a Cultural Property
The ancient structures associated with the Ikuno Mine in Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture, and in which Mitsubishi Materials had its beginnings, have been designated as a Japan Heritage Cultural Property. This is after the Old Silver Mine Carriage Road running through the three cities and three towns centering around Asago City was designated a Japan Heritage Cultural Property by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
     The Ikuno Silver Mine used to be one of Japan’s largest silver mines, and the company participated in its operation from 1896 until it was closed in 1973. From those early days, it has been the location of a variety of businesses run by the company and by group companies, and today the company still contributes to multilateral economic development in the region as it continues to enjoy a solid relationship with, and the trust of, the local community.
     The Ikuno Silver Mine Ruins not only have some collaboration events with local shops, but also feature a number of tourist facilities including a Mine Tunnel tour of the ruins which allows visitors to see the cultural properties that embody the historical story of “Japan, the Resource Rich Nation.”
caption: At the Cultural Property designation ceremony

October 2017

Philanthrophy  vol.65 Tokio Marine Group Career Education Program “Group Work on Managing Risks and Opportunities” for Junior High and High School Students
The importance of career education has increased in recent years and there are growing expectations as to the contribution that the business community can make in the field of education. To respond to such expectations, Tokio Marine Group has developed its own career education program with card games and workshops, collaborating with junior high and high school teachers, a university professor, NPOs and other experts in the field. In July 2016, the group started “Group Work on Managing Risks and Opportunities.”
     In March 2017, 38 students at the Junior High School Attached to the Faculty of Education of Chiba University took this class. In taking on the management of a retail bakery, student working groups set their own company philosophy, select business strategies and simulate profits to achieve the best business profits and non-financial high performances “To Be a Good Company.” By avoiding various risks and enhancing convenience and attractiveness to customers and local communities, they learned the importance of insurance through a game-environment experience. Tokio Marine Group started to promote the program nationwide in fiscal 2017.
caption: Through a business simulation, students can learn how to manage risks and opportunities

June 2017

Philanthrophy  vol.64 NYK Free Transport for Recyclable Judo
Tatami Mats
NYK provided free transport for over 850 recyclable judo tatami mats from Japan to Indonesia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Malaysia at the end of last year. The mats were donated by the All Japan Judo Federation, and transportation was arranged by Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd., an NYK Group company. In Bangladesh, a delivery ceremony was held on December 26. The judo tatami mats will improve the training environment in the six nations prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the Japanese government’s Sport for Tomorrow*¹ campaign. Using the NYK Group’s logistics and transport services, the company has previously provided free transportation of reconditioned bicycles, school backpacks, and picture books for children in Asia. This is the first time NYK has cooperated with the All Japan Judo Federation.
*¹ An international contribution through sport initiative jointly implemented by public and private sectors to promote sport by targeting more than 10 million people in over 100 nations prior to 2020, the year when Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

April 2017

Philanthrophy  vol.63 NYK Short-term Exchange Program
by Maritime Schools in Japan
and the Philippines
The NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which NYK operates in the Philippines, conducted an international short-term student-exchange program with maritime schools in Japan through the months of August and October 2016.
   The program was organized as part of the NYK Mirai Project. From August 31 to September 10, nine students from the Hiroshima, Yuge, and Oshima colleges of the National Institute of Technology travelled to the Philippines to participate in study and activities at NTMA. And for four days from October 9, ten students from NTMA visited the National Institute of Technology’s Yuge College. During the visits, students attended classes and drill training together, communicating with one another in English and sharing the excitement of, and gaining further motivation toward, becoming international seamen.

February 2017

Philanthrophy  vol.62 Mitsubishi Electric DONGURI Planting Project in Great
East Japan Earthquake-struck Area
Mitsubishi Electric has been engaged in planting acorns, called DONGURI in Japanese, and nurturing the saplings in the gardens or on the balconies of some 1,400 employees’ homes throughout Japan since February 2013 as part of its efforts to restore plant life and vegetation after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. On October 29, many of the company’s employees and their families took part in the Rachihama Disaster Prevention Green Space Planting Festival & Cosmos Festival, organized by the Fukushima prefectural government, and planted some 1,000 oak saplings. Disaster prevention green spaces are effective in: (1) Weakening the force of Tsunami; (2) Providing a place for recreation and relaxation for the local community; and (3) Helping nature to recover after a natural disaster.
     It takes some 30 years for the saplings to grow and restore the green space and so the company will continue its greenery restoration efforts by helping nurturing the saplings.
caption: Children planting the saplings. With all the love they put into caring for the saplings, they are sure to grow into large and healthy oak trees!

December 2016

Philanthrophy  vol.61 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group 5th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is supporting the TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program, an exchange program for Japanese students who were affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and for high school students in Southern California. Through cultural exchange activities and homestays, the program aims to give the Japanese students the opportunity to learn English and to deepen their understanding of the United States, an experience which may lead to an interest in studying abroad, working overseas, or being involved with international exchanges in the future. For the 5th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program, twenty high school and junior high school students from Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures were sent to Los Angeles, California, and its suburbs to participate in a two- week rogram from July 23 to August 6, 2016.

October 2016

Philanthrophy  vol.60 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Sharing Tokyo’s Solid Waste
Management Knowhow
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and group company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering cohosted a forum on large city solid waste management in Yangon, Myanmar, a country undergoing robust economic development. The forum was the fourth and final in a series sharing Tokyo’s expertise in a field that is of growing social concern in Myanmar. The forum, hosted jointly by the MHI Group and Myanmar Engineering Society as one of MHI’s CSR activities, looked at the lessons to be learnt from Tokyo’s experience in solid waste treatment, including its history, technology, and laws and regulations, and was aimed at contractors in Myanmar. The series of forums, which started in September last year, was well received and attracted 734 participants in total.

August 2016

Philanthrophy  vol.59 NYK Hikawa Maru Designated as
Important Cultural Property
The Hikawa Maru (currently the museum ship NYK Hikawamaru), owned by NYK and moored in Yokohama, has become the first seagoing vessel in Japan to receive Important Cultural Property designation. The designation recognizes the important social and economic role played by Hikawa Maru which sailed between Japan and Seattle as a cargo-passenger ship in the first half of the 20th century, served as a hospital ship during WWII and transported demobilized soldiers and repatriated Japanese nationals after the war. The designation also recognizes the ship’s value in terms of shipbuilding and industrial art: powered by the most advanced diesel engine at the time and with its Art Deco interior design when launched in 1930. This marks the first example of Art Deco architectural design being directly imported into Japan. NYK will continue its efforts to stimulate interest in the maritime industry and its ships by providing current and future generations with a link to Japan’s maritime history.
caption: NYK Hikawamaru

June 2016

Philanthrophy  vol.58 Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Economic Value of Mangrove
Planting & Other Ecosystem Services
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance (TMNF) began planting mangroves overseas in 1999 and today has achieved carbon neutrality in its domestic operations. Using internationally-recognized methodology, the company has calculated that the economic value of the ecosystem services generated by its mangrove planting projects in the Asia-Pacific region conducted from April 1999 to March 2014 to be around US$338.8 million. TMNF has planted more than 8,994 ha of mangrove forests in nine countries in the Asia-Pacific region in collaboration with central and local governments, NGOs and NPOs, and local residents for protecting the planet. Mangrove planting projects also benefit local communities and the global society by improving local people’s lives, reducing disaster risks and mitigating climate change.
caption: Mangrove planting tour in Vietnam

April 2016

Philanthrophy  vol.57 Mitsubishi Estate Original Canned Food Receives
Food Action Nippon 2015 Award
The 2nd series of Harakuttsui* TOHOKU original canned food, developed by Mitsubishi Estate Group to support reconstruction of the areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, has won a Food Action Nippon 2015 Excellence Award in the Agriculture and Fishery Products category. With the cooperation of the Marunouchi Chef’s Club (Tokyo), the group is promoting a Rebirth Tohoku Food Project to assist revival of food produce and brands associated with the region. The 2nd series of Harakuttsui TOHOKU was developed using produce from the Ishinomaki and Kesennuma areas. The product attracted attention by winning a 2014 Good Design Award, and to date sales of 54,000 cans have produced cumulative sales of ¥20 million. Development of the 3rd series of Harakuttsui TOHOKU is under way.
caption: Product launch and sampling of Harakuttsui TOHOKU
* Dialect term for “Satisfy your hunger.”

April 2016

Philanthrophy  vol.56 NYK Short-term Exchange Program
for Maritime Schools in Japan
and the Philippines
The NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which NYK operates in the Philippines, conducted a short-term student-exchange program with maritime schools in Japan during the months of September and October 2015 as part of the NYK Mirai Project.* In September, five students from the Hiroshima and Yuge colleges of the National Institute of Technology travelled to the Philippines to participate in study and other activities at NTMA. In October, 10 students from NTMA visited the National Institute of Technology’s Hiroshima College. During the visits, students attended classes and interacted with one another in English, resulting in greater stimulation and motivation among the future seafarers. NYK will continue this project to encourage young adults to gain a global perspective and to spark interest in the seafaring life.
caption: Japanese maritime students learning from their NTMA counterparts.
* This project consists of a series of activities that nurture greater awareness of maritime affairs and the seafaring life among Japan’s youth so that they can develop interest in the maritime industry and consider careers with shipping companies. The project was launched at the end of 2014.

February 2016

Philanthrophy  vol.55 Mitsubishi Corporation The MORIUMIUS Facility Completed
in Miyagi Prefecture
Sweet Treat 311,¹ one of the organizations receiving assistance under the Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation, has completed the MORIUMIUS multi-purpose facility in Ogatsu-cho, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi Prefecture. Providing children with residential experimental learning opportunities, the facility is housed in a renovated school and staff members from the Mitsubishi Corporation group of companies provide volunteer support. As well as offering learning programs, MORIUMIUS also invites pupils from abroad in exchange programs as it aims to create a new type of community that will become a model for regional revitalization in Japan. The Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation continues to support a number of concerted efforts for restoration and recovery in regions afflicted by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Note 1: A Public Interest Incorporated Association established by public-spirited people to offer activities supporting children in areas afflicted by the March 2011 earthquake. It centers its activities in Ogatsu-cho, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi Prefecture. Run chiefly by local residents its aim is to contribute to revitalization of the area.
caption: Children get hands-on fishing experience.

December 2015

Philanthrophy  vol.54 NYK Inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index
for 13th Straight Year
NYK has been selected by the FTSE Group,¹ a global index provider, for inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index, marking the 13th straight year that the company has appeared in this major yardstick for socially responsible investing (SRI).² The FTSE4Good Index is a leading indicator used by investors who value corporate social responsibility and sustainability. NYK’s environmental activities were seen as particularly noteworthy and led to this 13th consecutive recognition. NYK also has been selected for a number of other SRI indexes, including the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia /Pacific Index (USA). A good corporate citizen, NYK will continue to take an active role in social issues, including conservation of the environment, to contribute to the achievement of a better global society.
Note 1: Wholly owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange. Employed worldwide, the FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices.
Note 2: Investing in companies engaged in ethical activities and confirmed through financial analyses to meet established investment standards.
caption: *Other Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee member companies selected for the FTSE4Good Index in 2015: Kirin Holdings, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Mitsubishi Estate, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance, Nikon, Tokio Marine Holdings.

October 2015

Philanthrophy  vol.53 Astomos Energy Scholarship Fund for East Timor
National University Students
Astomos Energy has decided to establish a scholarship program in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor). Over the next four years, scholarships will be awarded to students at the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL). Since January 2008, Astomos Energy has purchased all LP gas produced at gas fields developed by Australia and East Timor in the Joint Petroleum Development Area in the Timor Sea. The scholarship program was established in gratitude to East Timor for its stable and long-term supply of LP gas and to nurture human resources who would contribute to the and development of East Timor. In doing so, the Astomos Energy scholarship program is contributing to the further strengthening of ties between Japan and East Timor.
caption: Commemorative photo of award ceremony with 20 UNTL scholarship students. From front left, Mr. Abraao Dos Santos, Director-General for Higher Education; Dr. Aurelio Guterres, Rector, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e; Mr. Eiji Yamamoto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan; Mr. Tsutomu Yagi; and Ms. Ligia Tomas Correia, Deputy Rector for Cooperation Affairs, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e.

August 2015

Philanthrophy  vol.52 JX Holdings Illustrated Books Donated to Japanese
Embassy and Japanese School in Peru
JX Holdings affiliate JX Nippon Mining & Metals has donated copies of the 45th edition of Dowa no Hanataba (Bouquet of Children’s Stories) —a collection of award-winning stories for children submitted by the general public —to the Japanese Embassy and the Japanese School in Lima, Peru. This is the company’s first donation of its kind to the Embassy, and as well as being circulated among members of staff copies will also be kept in the Embassy library. At the Japanese School, copies have been distributed to each pupil from first to ninth grades, have been added to the library, and will be used for reading practice in lessons. A number of copies were also donated to the Japanese restaurant “Fuji,” the oldest of its kind in Peru and which is popular with Japanese company employees.
caption: Mr. Yuichi Hirai, General Manager of Pan Pacific Copper Exploration Peru, a subsidiary of JX Nippon Mining & Metals, gave the copies to Mr. Shuichi Fukuda, Secretary of the Japanese Embassy

June 2015

Philanthrophy  vol.51 Mitsubishi Materials Proprietary Product to Help Earthquake
Recovery Efforts
Mitsubishi Materials subsidiary Mitsubishi Shindoh Co., Ltd. has, with the Japan Copper Development Association and the International Copper Association, taken part in an earthquake recovery project to support the farming of silver or coho salmon in the town of Minami-sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, by providing its own UR30ST copper alloy containment wire for fish pen nets.
     The UR30ST copper alloy wire encourages growth in farmed fish because the antimicrobial action of copper has antifouling properties that cut down algae and shellfish that cling to nets. And because this reduces the need to coat nets with antifouling agents and the use of antibiotics it allows farming in a more natural environment.
     The UR30ST is very strong and has outstanding corrosion-resistance and durability and so, particularly overseas, helps solve the problem of farmed fish escaping when sea lions and other predators bite through nets.
caption: Fish pen made from UE30ST

April 2015

Philanthrophy  vol.50 Mitsubishi Corporation Another Project to Support Para-sports
In October 2014, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) kicked off a new project dubbed “DREAM AS ONE” in order to enhance its activities in support of para-sports. The title embraces the hope and desire that all athletes join together in pursing their dreams. The objective of MC’s support is to widen the Field of Para-Sports which MC supports and to raise awareness and promote understanding of Para- Sports. Under the project, MC held a relay-style marathon event in Tokyo on October 18, 2014, which was open to large numbers of athletes, including para-athletes. The following month, the company held a number of sports classes for children with impairments. Again in November, MC sent more employees than in past years to assist in the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon which it has supported for more than 20 years.
     MC will also periodically hold seminars on para-sports and volunteer training courses for both its employees and members of the general public.
caption: A total of 227 people participated in the event on October 18, 2014. The woman at the center is DREAM AS ONE supporter Naoko Takahashi, sportscaster and gold medalist in the women’s marathon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

February 2015

Philanthrophy  vol.49 Nikon Charitable fund-raising by
Nikon UK
Every year, employees of Nikon U.K. Ltd., a Nikon group company, select an organization to support and conduct fund-raising activities for it for one year.
     In 2013, they supported Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides assistance to cancer patients and their families. Most of the employees participated in their own way – some collected street donations, some ran in the London Marathon as charity runners – and they collected about 2 million yen for the cause.
     In 2014, they chose to support the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. This charity supports the Royal Marsden Hospital, the world’s first specialized hospital for cancer, which provides treatment and patient care as well as conducting leading-edge research.
caption:Employees collecting donations on the street for Macmillan Cancer Support

December 2014

Philanthrophy  vol.48 Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Forest Management Near
Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage Site
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) participates in cooperation with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan in a two-phase management project of the forest surrounding the World Heritage Site of Shirakami-Sanchi in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. In the first phase, volunteers planted 100,000 beech and Japanese oak saplings over a period of five years starting in fiscal year 2008. Starting in 2013, the second phase sees volunteers helping to nurture the saplings by cutting back growth-stunting underbrush. In 2014, some 50 BTMU staff volunteers made two-day visits to the site in June and July. After spending the first day nurturing the growth of the saplings, the volunteers spent the next day trekking along the Shirakami forest trails, learning from a local guide about the Shirakami-Sanchi ecosystem and the importance of coexisting with nature.

August 2014

Philanthrophy  vol.47 Mitsubishi chemical Corporation CSR Satellite System for Countering Global Warming
Mitsubishi Electric, selected to supply the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2 (GOSAT-2), has officially started development and fabrication of the satellite. Scheduled for launch in 2017, GOSAT-2 will carry a range of high-precision greenhouse gas sensors using wavelengths to monitor levels of carbon dioxide, methane, oxygen, water vapor, as well as carbon monoxide in the atmosphere.
A cloud/aerosol image sensor will monitor an additional waveband to estimate particulate matter levels in the atmosphere, including fine particulate matter of 2.5 micrometers or less and black carbon, and in doing so will make an important contribution to the global monitoring of atmospheric pollutants.
Weighing approximately 1.7 tons, GOSAT-2 will be put into a sun-synchronous sub-recurrent orbit with a design life of five years to observe concentrations and distributions of greenhouse gases and particulates in the global atmosphere.
caption:Rendering of GOSAT-2 in Orbit

June 2014

Philanthrophy  vol.46 CSR Activities Help Solve Environmental & Poverly lssues
The Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA) is a charitable foundation established and registered in Britain in 1992 by Mitsubishi Corporation and its London office. Since its inception, the MCFEA has contributed nearly $5 million to environmental and developmental projects in Europe and Africa through grants to a range of partner organizations.
    MCFEA grant-making covers a wide spectrum of organizations including Earthwatch Institute; SolarAid; Farm Africa; BirdLife International.
    Another is WaterAid, a leading global organization which enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water and contributes to major improvements in health and quality of life.

April 2014

Philanthrophy  vol.45 Shipping Safe Water to
Children in Cambodia
In the Cambodian province of Siem Reap the lack of water purification facilities means that rainwater and muddy well water are sometimes used for drinking and medical purposes. This unhealthy environment causes many children to suffer from diarrhea, infections and other complaints. To address these concerns, the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) started the tenkuu no mori Project with the aim of supplying safe water to children in the region.
Giving its support to the project,¹ in September the NYK group shipped, from Toyama, Japan, and at no charge, containers of safe drinking water which arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in October. The 129,600 bottles of drinking water were then shipped overland and arrived in Siem Reap on November 3.
Note 1: This project is being conducted in cooperation with Toyama Kankyo Seibi, an environmental management company based in Japan’s Toyama Prefecture.

February 2014

Philanthrophy  vol.44 Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Mid- & Long-term Support for
Earthquake Recovery Efforts
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), in cooperation with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan, established the MUFG NFUAJ East Japan Earthquake Recovery and Scholarship Fund in April 2011.
     The main purpose of the fund is to provide support scholarships to schoolchildren who lost one or both of their parents in the earthquake and/or tsunami. The fund also runs programs promoting the healthy growth and wellbeing of pupils, flowerbed-replanting and other volunteer activities at schools in the disaster area.
      A contribution of two billion Japanese yen by BTMU together with contributions by executives and staff of companies in the MUFG group and by MUFG shareholders brought the fund total up to three billion yen. Group company employees give support through volunteer activities.
caption: Volunteers from MUFG group companies helping to replace flowerbed soil and plant seedlings at a school affected by the earthquake and/or tsunami in the disaster region.

December 2013

Philanthrophy  vol.43 Nikon Supporting a High School
Career Education Program
Nikon group company Nikon Precision Inc. each year provides support for SEMI® ¹ High Tech U, an industrydriven math and science-based career exploration program for high school students, administered and presented by the nonprofit SEMI Foundation. During the intensive three/ four day program, students attend classes which serve as a platform for explaining the technologies used to create the microchips that power virtually every electronic device made today, while also highlighting the educational pathways that lead to rewarding careers in the high-tech industry. This program aims to provide opportunities for the participants to think about their future careers, and stimulate interest in the fields of mathematics and science.
Note 1: SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International) is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries.

October 2013

Philanthrophy  vol.42 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Mitsubishi Electric Employee
Volunteers Go Over-the-Edge
Established by Mitsubishi Electric in 1991, the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) is a long-time supporter of the San Diego-based Kids Included Together (KIT).¹ For the past few years, KIT has been holding a unique Over-the-Edge fundraiser where volunteers raise $1,000 for the opportunity to rappel off of a 33 story building in downtown San Diego. In 2011, Aime, an employee volunteer from the GIVE Committee at Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. in Garden Grove, California, was the first employee volunteer to go Over-the-Edge. In 2012, Aime took the plunge again, along with three volunteers from the newly formed LIFT Committee at Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Escalator and Elevator Division in San Diego. In June 2013, the LIFT Committee won MEAF’s prestigious M.O.V.E. Award² for their participation in this innovative fundraiser, which included a trophy and $1,000 grant for KIT to continue their inclusion work. Their combined efforts garnered $5,000 for KIT’s programs to promote the full social inclusion of youth with disabilities.
Note 1: A premier organization providing inclusion training to out-of-school-time organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Note 2: To honor and recognize employees on the Mitsubishi Electric Organized Volunteer Efforts (M.O.V.E.) the MEAF established the M.O.V.E. Award program in 1994. The award recognizes one outstanding volunteer project each year that is conducted and organized by volunteer philanthropy committees at Mitsubishi Electric company locations in the U.S.

October 2013

Philanthrophy  vol.42 Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Training & Increasing Number of
Skilled Philippine Ship Crews
An opening ceremony for a new campus comprising crew training facilities, maritime academy, classrooms, and lodgings located in Calamba, The Philippines and run by NYK and business partner Transnational Diversified Group (TDG) was held on June 1. On the same day, the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy welcomed 180 new students with an entrance ceremony for the incoming class of 2013, the seventh year of the academy. The new students will receive three years of classroom study that includes use of the academy’s ship-handling simulator and engine plant, and follow that with one year of practical onboard training. Graduates are then set to begin careers on board NYK vessels as officer candidates.
caption: Cleanup activities at Sunrise Day Camp

June, August 2013

Philanthrophy  vol.41 Nikon Project F.L.A.S.H. Initiative Contributes to Local Community
In 2011, Nikon Inc., a member of the Nikon Group, added the Project F.L.A.S.H. (Families Lending Advice, Support and Hope) social contribution initiative to the many CSR programs it already runs. One of the project’s partners is Sunrise Day Camp, an institution which invites children with cancer and their siblings to its camp at no cost. Nikon Inc. organizes charity events with SDC, and company employees also help in general cleaning and maintenance tasks at the SDC facility.
     Nikon Inc. also helps support Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. RMH provides a program called “homeaway- from-home” for families so they can stay close-by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Company employees will often help prepare meals at the House.
caption: Cleanup activities at Sunrise Day Camp

April 2013

Philanthrophy  vol.39 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Supporting the Smart Grid Living Laboratory Project
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation subsidiary Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is supporting the University of Southern California (USC) as it develops a campus-wide Smart Grid “Living Laboratory” project. The Smart Grid Demonstration Project will work to further develop virtually all phases of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure to accommodate widespread EV usage in the future. It will simulate a city with a population between 50,000 to 60,000 and document experiences operating a fleet of electric vehicles under a wide range of conditions over a period of two years.
     MMNA will be giving all-round support to USC, providing a total of twelve Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles, several Level 2 EVSE charging systems, and will share a wealth of information based upon the company’s industry-leading know-how in the area of 100% electric-powered vehicles.

February 2013

Philanthrophy  vol.38 Mitsubishi Chemical Nurturing Designers and Promoting the Design Industry
The 2012 Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Design Award winners were announced in October 2012. Specially supported by Mitsubishi Chemical, the awards are presented to outstanding graduation projects submitted to a panel of experts by students who graduated in March 2012 from universities and art schools aiming to become leading designers in the future. In this competition, a total of 260 ambitious projects were submitted by design majors from all over Japan and after a stringent judging process 14 award-winning works were selected. The Grand Prize was awarded to Haruka Suzuki for her work “The Collection of Natural Colors.” This profoundly significant collection of swatch books captivates the viewer with the pure beauty of the colors, and clearly reveals the designer’s zealous spirit of inquiry and creativity.
Grand Prize: The Collection of Natural Colors by Haruka Suzuki, BA, Musashino Art University
There are many Japanese words for colors, but most came into use in the Heian Period (794-1185), and thus are insufficient to express the entire spectrum of colors that are specifically Japanese in nature. Searching out the origins of Japanese color words shows that they come from the natural
dyes and pigments of those times. Therefore, I fixed the natural dye colors and, as happened in ancient times, once more gave a color name to each. Using these, I made 100 color sample books. I hope those viewing the books will feel the rich colors that are the basis for our Japanese color sensitivities.
Excellence Prize: Sunset in Between Letters by Tomoyuki Koseko, MA, Musashino Art University
Excellence Prize: Record of Future Insects by Makiko Nagao, BA, Musashino Art University
Mitsubishi Chemical Prize: foot (Visualization of sound information in the platform) by Masahito Uchino, BHED, Toyo University

December 2012

Philanthrophy  vol.37 Mitsubishi Electric 
Continuing Support Program for Grade School Lunches in Thailand
The Mitsubishi Electric Thai Foundation (METF), founded in 1991 with initial funding of 20 million baht by Mitsubishi Electric and local affiliates, supports social welfare programs and the promotion of science and technology in that country. One of its main activities is the “Lunch Support Program.” Since 1999, the METF has donated 10,000 baht every year to each of 30 grade schools recommended by the Thai Ministry of Education. The schools use this money to buy fertilizer and feed which the children use to grow vegetables and to farm livestock. These are then used to provide lunches for the schoolchildren who have cultivated them. Through such cultivation and farming activities the children learn the importance and the fun of growing plants and raising animals.

October 2012

Philanthrophy  vol.36 Tokio Marine
& Nichido Fire Insurance Supporting Youth Education Activities
in China
Tokio Marine Holdings including its subsidiary Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance has been working with the All- China Youth Federation since 2009 in the “China Youth Education Assistance Project,” giving material and financial support in the form of gifts of educational materials and the establishment of scholarships to promote education and to assist in national disaster restoration efforts. In 2010 the company became the first foreign enterprise to support and provide assistance in a variety of forms to the All-China Youth Federation’s program devoted to the care of latchkey kids.1 In 2012 the company invited employees working for the Tokio Marine Group in Japan and China to become Latch-key Kid Exchange Volunteers and through a number of latch-key kid exchange programs is rolling out a number of activities to assist the project.
Note 1: The rapid industrialization and urbanization in China has seen a sudden increase in the number of Chinese adults moving from farming districts to towns and cities in search of work. The increase in the number of latch-key kids who are left to look after their homes when their parents have gone in search of work is becoming a serious social problem.

August 2012

Philanthrophy  vol.35  Asahi Glass Co.,Ltd
Supporting Educational Activities in Brazil
Asahi Glass (AGC) will begin educational support for poor children and young people, centering on Guaratinguetá, São Paulo State, Brazil, where AGC Glass Brazil is located, in cooperation with Ayrton Senna Institute¹ and Casa Betânia.² AGC will support the institute’s new programs to improve the educational environment, including training public school teachers in Guaratinguetá and improving educational materials. In its partnership with Casa Betânia, AGC will support the organization to expand the capacity of their facility to accommodate more children and establish a job training center. On April 18, AGC announced these activities at the cornerstone-laying ceremony held in Guaratinguetá, where AGC Glass Brazil is currently constructing a plant. Through its business activities in Brazil, which are continuing to develop, AGC will provide products and services that help realize a comfortable and convenient lifestyle, and will contribute to the development of local communities by conducting support activities.
Note 1: The Ayrton Senna Institute, established in 1994 according to the wishes of the late Mr. Ayrton Senna, implements programs to improve public school education throughout Brazil, and has been highly acclaimed by the UNESCO as an excellent NGO in the field of education.
Note 2: Casa Betânia has been implementing schooling assistance activities, such as the provision of meals and extracurricular lessons, for children in the poor districts of Guaratinguetá for more than 30 years since 1976.
caption:AGC Group President & CEO Kazuhiko Ishimura and Ayrton Senna Institute President Viviane Senna

June 2012

Philanthrophy  vol.34  Mitsubishi Corporation
MC Gives Aid to Mother and Newborn Children in Cambodia
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) has been assisting World Vision Japan in a number of initiatives designed to build up and assist the organization’s care and support network for newborn children and pregnant and nursing mothers in Cambodia. With the aim of reducing pre- and postnatal mortality rates among newborn children and pregnant and nursing mothers, MC’s involvement in the project is directed at improving health center facilities, at providing training for midwives and at raising awareness about maternity issues in the local community. The project has already seen an increase in the number of people using health centers in the area and in the number of babies delivered safely. MC will continue to offer World Vision Japan aid and support that leads to lower infant mortality rates and to better health in pregnant and nursing mothers.
Caption: Pre- and post-natal care seminar for village health volunteers

April 2012

Philanthrophy  vol.33  Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
20 Years of Charitable Activities by Employees
The Mitsubishi Electric SOCIO-ROOTS Fund was established in 1992 as a gift program for collecting donations from Mitsubishi Electric employees in Japan and providing financial assistance to welfare facilities and organizations. A feature of the Fund is that the company contributes a sum matching that of individual donations, thus doubling the goodwill value of the gift. The Fund has given a cumulative total of approximately ¥900 million to some 1,500 welfare facilities and programs since its inception. In recent years, the scope of the Fund has been extended to include welfare activities related to environmental preservation and disaster relief. An ongoing program collecting donations from company employees was organized last year to help orphans of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

February 2012

Philanthrophy  vol.32  Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisya
NYK Holds Charity Cruise aboard Asuka II
NYK, in cooperation with Plan Japan¹, hosted a charity cruise on its luxury cruise ship Asuka II, departing the port of Yokohama on October 5, making a call at the port of Shimizu, and then returning to Yokohama on October 7. Of the funds raised by the charity cruise, $100,000 was donated to Plan Japan and will be used to support the education of Filipino children. One of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is to “achieve universal primary education” and NYK and Plan Japan have been contributing toward this by building classrooms for primary and secondary schools and providing subsidies to cover school supplies, travel expenses, and dormitory fees for Filipino children.
Caption: Panel displays on the cruise ship showing NYK social contribution activities
Note 1: Plan Japan was established in 1983 and is a member of Plan, an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes community development for children in developing countries. Sharing a common goal and mission with 21 donor countries, Plan Japan promotes community development in developing countries.

December 2011

Philanthrophy  vol.31  Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance CO.,LTD.
Team Up with Tohoku University in Earthquake/Tsunami Risk Assessment Research Project
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance and Tohoku University signed a collaboration agreement on July 26 under which they will conduct research into earthquake and tsunami risk assessment. To date, the company and university have conducted joint research on the provision of hazard maps for areas in Southeast Asia and South Asia that are subject to frequent tsunamis. This work has produced successful results, including the publication of scientific papers. Research into earthquake and tsunami disaster prevention is currently a topic attracting keen interest after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The company and university will establish research grants and grant-funded courses for fiscal years 2011 through 2014 to promote research in this field directed toward reconstruction efforts and stabilization of the social infrastructure in disaster-stricken areas.

Photo: Left: Akihisa Inoue, President, Tohoku University Right: Shuzo Sumi, President, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance

October 2011

Philanthrophy  vol.30  ASAHI GLASS CO.,LTD.
“Open Kids’ Vision” Helps Create a Sustainable Society
Asahi Glass group company AGC Flat Glass (Thailand) Public (AFT), which manufactures and sells a wide range of float glass, has been conducting an activity called “Open Kids’ Vision” in cooperation with a local NGO and others, with a view to helping people living in a forest region in the western part of Thailand create a sustainable society. In fiscal 2009, AFT provided children in the region with an opportunity to experience the sea to broaden their horizons and in fiscal 2010 it began helping residents of the region lead more sustainable lives by providing them with external training. Moreover, the residents of community and AFT employees constructed a multipurpose building together and piped water from the mountains to the local school to enhance the learning environment. In fiscal 2011 AFT will support the community install electricity-generating systems that harness water from the local creek and sunlight.

August 2011

Philanthrophy  vol.29 IT Frontier Corporation  IT Frontier Corporation Staff Donate Picture Books to Children in Asia
In 2008 IT Frontier Corporation started a program in which employees give up their time to make picture books for children in Asia. The text from Japanese books is translated into Cambodian, Laotian and other languages and printed on adhesive paper which IT Frontier Corporation staff sticks over the Japanese text during lunch breaks. The voluntary program runs all year round at the company’s branch offices and stores as well as at head office and new employees participate as part of their CSR training. The books are donated to schools in Asian countries by a nonprofit organization. The company also runs a Recycle Book Aid program in which money raised from recycled books is donated to help finance educational programs for children in Asia.

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June 2011

Philanthrophy  vol.28 JX Holdings, Inc
Children’s Literature & JX Scholarships
Help Realize Dreams
JX Holdings, Inc. invites submissions from the general public of original children’s literature on the theme of “heart-to-heart contact.” As well as presenting awards to the best works submitted, the Group also publishes the works as a collected volume called The Bouquet of Children’s Stories. Copies of the book are donated to social welfare facilities across Japan, while funds generated from book sales to business partners, Group companies, employees and others are channeled into the JX Children’s Story Fund. Donations from the fund to the Japan National Council of Social Welfare are used in running the JX Scholarship Program which provides financial assistance to help children in foster-care facilities, mothers and children's homes, and in foster families to stand on their own feet when going on to tertiary education.

April 2011

Philanthrophy  vol.27 RYOSHOKU LIMITED

”MoEL” reduces food waste in helping to create a more efficient society
Ryoshoku, a leading wholesale foodstuff distributor in Japan, set up a new MoEL Development Team in its Processed Foods Merchandising Dept in April 2009. The "Merchandising of Ecological Lifestyle" team is committed to reducing food waste in order to maximize the effective use of food resources. The team is currently active in two main areas. First, it conducts outlet sales of food products which, while presenting no problems in terms of quality, have become difficult to sell through normal retail channels due to distribution regulations and other reasons. The team also organizes the donation to welfare and other institutions of food samples left over at company tasting fairs or withdrawn from its in-house stock of emergency provisions but which still have a valid "use by date".

February 2011

Philanthrophy  vol.26 Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company "Live Music" Present for Children with Disabilities - Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance holds "Fureai Concert" -
Among its activities designed to make a meaningful contribution to society, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance holds a number of "Fureai¹ Concerts" at schools throughout Japan each autumn. The aim behind the concerts is to deliver a present of "Live Music" to children who, because of disability, are normally unable to attend concerts. Since it was first held in 1984 the concerts have been conducted by the well-known Japanese musician Shigeki Torizuka who works with other performers and is assisted by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance employees. By last year the concert had visited 115 schools since 1984. The entertainers sing with the children, play hand-made instruments and make sure everyone attending the Fureai Concerts has a fun time.

Note 1: "Contact, communication" in Japanese.

December 2010

vol.25 Nippon Yusen Kabushiki kaisha (NYK LINE) NYK Donates Emergency Bottled Water Stock to Big Issue Japan Foundation
July 2010 NYK donated 2,400 1.5-liter bottles of drinking water to the Big Issue Japan Foundation¹ through the Japan Philanthropic Association².
    NYK stocks drinking water and food at company headquarters as part of its disaster preparedness. After internal discussions on how to make best use of these stocks at their scheduled replacement, the company decided to donate the water to the Big Issue Japan Foundation.
    The foundation, working with citizens and companies, offers programs to help homeless people help themselves. The water was distributed to homeless people selling The Big Issue magazine outdoors in the summer heat to help prevent heat stroke.
    The NYK Group continues to work positively as a good corporate citizen on activities that contribute to our society.

Note 1 : The Big Issue Japan Foundation is a non profitable organization that was established in 2007 to tackle homelessness by providing various supports to the homeless.(www.bigissue.or.jp)
Note 2 : An association which since 1991 has promoted social contribution activities that encourage companies to make meaningful contributions to society.

October 2010

vol.24 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation Mitsubishi Fuso Donates 20 Canter Light-Duty Trucks for Haiti
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation has donated 20 units of its Canter light-duty truck for aid operations and in support of the people in Haiti following the earthquake in early 2010. The global presence of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, an integral part of Daimler Trucks, was an advantage for the company as the vehicles were prepared at short notice in the neighboring Dominican Republic, where the company has already a presence in. As rebuilding efforts continue, the trucks are used for helping distribution of goods, materials and food for the people of Haiti.
   Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation is committed to its role as a responsible corporate citizen. This commitment entails an ultimate focus on quality in all its operations and business practices. The company also has been working closely with parent company Daimler AG to offer continued support for social contribution including cultural exchange and educational programs.

August 2010

vol.23 Mitsubishi Corporation A Gateway to a Career in Art
Since being launched by Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) in June 2008, the Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program (MCAGP) has continued to provide opportunities for talented young artists to pursue their dreams. Though the program, MC holds open calls for the submission of art and then selects and purchases about 200 works each year. The art works are sold at charity auctions after being exhibited inside MC's head office and at other locations. A number of MCAGP participants have gone on to further advance their careers as professionals by holding private exhibitions or winning art awards. Through the MCAGP, MC will continue to provide a gateway for young people seeking the path to careers as professional artists.

June 2010

vol.22 Mitubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Rooftop Garden Provides Rare Opportunity for Urban Toddlers
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) subsidiary Tamachi Building Co., Ltd. manages and operates five office buildings of its own, located near JR Tamachi station. In keeping with the spirit of MHI's environmental policies and guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Tamachi Building is working to protect the environment and support education in a way that leverages the company's business operations. Last fall, it hosted a special event in Tokyo for 30 local nursery school children. The children harvested sweet potatoes and learned about the environment while visiting a garden located atop a building owned by the company. In the future, the company will continue to cultivate a strong awareness of CSR among its employees while actively seeking to contribute to the local community through programs like this one.

April 2010

vol.21 The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. Sowing the Seeds of Sustainable Development One Mind at a Time
The United Nations has declared 2005-2014 to be the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in light of the essential role that education plays in promoting the future development of sustainable societies. In this spirit, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has joined with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan to launch a program to support “Education for Sustainable Development” (ESD) at UNESCO Associated Schools across the country. The program will provide funding to cover the costs of educational materials incurred by schools that organize classes on ESD. In this way, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is striving to sow the seeds of a sustainable future, one mind at a time.

February 2010

vol.20 Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. Safety Glass to the Rescue!
When earthquakes or other disasters strike, broken glass can cause injures and also render evacuation centers unusable. Asahi Glass (AGC) has tackled this problem by developing laminated safety glass that does not shatter into little pieces when broken. In 2005, the company also began donating safety glass to schools across Japan. In September 2009, Taketoyo Elementary School in Aichi Prefecture became the 21st recipient of safety glass under this program. The school is located in a part of the country that is expected to have a major earthquake in the near future. As schools like this one commonly serve as evacuation centers in times of emergency, safety glass from AGC can help protect students and evacuees alike from glass-related injuries.

December 2009

vol.19 Kirin Holdings Company, Limited  Support for Social Welfare
In February 1982, Kirin Brewery (now Kirin Holdings) marked the 75th anniversary of the company’s founding. To commemorate this anniversary, Kirin established the Kirin Welfare Foundation in July 1981, to promote social welfare.
      The Kirin Welfare Foundation seeks to provide support to people who have traditionally been underserviced by public welfare programs, such as individuals with disabilities and in-home caregivers who tend to the needs of family members. The foundation also supports youth development programs and the activities of people who contribute to local communities as volunteers. In this way, the Kirin Welfare Foundation fosters close ties with individuals who participate in the programs it sponsors as well as the various organizations it supports.

October 2009

Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. (German Branch) in Ratingen has provided funds for the renovation of the Ratingen-West Family Center, a valuable meeting place for families and children in the area since 1987. In preparation for the work, volunteers from the Kinderschutzbund (Organisation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) cleared out the rooms in the center and made space for the painting work to begin. New furniture was added, and lighting was installed by local electricians. The official reopening of the center took place in February 2009. The center is now in optimal condition, making the work of the organization easier. Further cooperation between the Kinderschutzbund and Mitsubishi Electric is planned for the future.

August 2009

vol.17 The Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Scholarship Foundation 127 students are newly adopted for the scholarship 2009
Among candidates recommended by 37 nominated universities in Japan, 127 students including 17 from abroad are adopted for the scholarship 2009. The adoption ceremony was held at the head office of Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corp. on July 3 rd and 56 students adopted in Kanto area attended. In 2009, the foundation plans to provide nearly ¥200 mill. for 349 students including 216 current scholars and 6 special international scholarship students. More than 4,800 students including 467 from abroad had completed the scholarship since the establishment in 1953. Total asset amounts to ¥9.6 bn., while accumulated grant exceeds ¥4.2 bn. The foundation is counted as a higher rank among private-sector scholarship foundations in Japan.

June 2009

vol.16 Nippon Oil Corporation Medical Instruments donated to the Miri General Hospital, Malaysia
In 1987, the Nippon Oil Corporation Group acquired oil production rights in Mine SK10 off Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. As a result of prospecting activities the company was involved in as the project operator, in 1990 the Helang gas field was discovered. In November 2003, the production of natural gas and condensate commenced.
      In December 2008, Nippon Oil donated RM333 thousand (about ¥10 million) in medical equipment to the Miri General Hospital.

April 2009

vol.15 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL JUNIOR DESIGNER AWARD
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation gives Japan’s best young designers opportunities to take their first step toward a professional career as the shapers of the future. MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL JUNIOR DESIGNER AWARD selects 14 outstanding graduation works from the year’s graduates in various fields of design. By recognizing the merits of student graduation projects, which are both the culmination of university and college studies and the first step on the way to becoming a professional, Mitsubishi Chemical is helping to discover the gems of the next generation and motivate emerging designers to show their potential and fresh perceptions to the world.

February 2009

vol.14  The Mitsubishi Foundation Foundation contributions made in FY 2008 encompassed 130 grant programs amounting to ¥450 million.
On September 11, 2008, a ceremony was held by the Mitsubishi Foundation to award support for 130 programs conducting research and outreach in the areas of the natural, social and cultural sciences.
      Since its establishment in 1969, the year of the 100th anniversary of Mitsubishi, it has sponsored a total of 2,765 grant programs amounting to ¥13.4 billion in support of the natural sciences, the cultural sciences and social welfare programs.
      In FY 2008, the Foundation donated ¥300 million to 51 scientific organizations, from among 1,018 applications, some of which are conducting research in the fields of immune and nervous systems.
      In the cultural sciences, the Foundation donated ¥60 million to 32 programs among a total of 195 organizations applying for funding. Approximately half of these programs are based in Asia, reflecting the increase in research being carried out by Japan and its neighbors in these fields.
      Forty-seven social welfare programs received ¥90 million from among 219 applications. Many programs sponsored in 2008 focused on self-reliance and qualitative improvement of life circumstances for the handicapped, intergenerational exchanges and other programs.

December 2008

vol.13  Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) Transportation that Really Moves Things Forward
NYK has offered free transport to two important social development programs-the Overseas Reconditioned Bicycle Donation Program and School Backpack Supplies to School Children Program in Afghanistan. These are run by the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), a non-governmental organization promoting family planning, health education and sanitation in developing countries. By fiscal 2007, NYK had transported a total of 20,314 bicycles to 61 countries and 36,193 used school backpacks to Afghanistan.
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Photo by AFGA Photo by JOICFP

October 2008

vol.12 Caterpillar Japan Ltd. Contribution to demining activities in Afghanistan
Caterpillar’s 320CL demining equipment has been actively playing its role in Afghanistan. The equipment was granted to a local NGO in September 2007 under the grass-roots grant aid scheme. The performance of the equipment has been highly esteemed and recognized by the United Nations Mine Action Center for Afghanistan (UNMACA) as “suitable equipment.”
As demining is becoming mechanized activities, Caterpillar Japan is committed to continue its contribution to realization of mine-free land through producing demining equipment.
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August 2008

vol.11  Mitsubishi Kinyokai Golf Charity Fund Helps Support Refugee Protection Activities.
The Mitsubishi Diamond Cup Golf 2008 was held at Higashi Hirono Golf Club in Hyogo Prefecture for a four-day period from May 29 to June 1 and Prayad Marksaeng won the winner prize of ¥22 million, with a prize pool of ¥110 million.
      The tournament was sponsored to further good relations among Mitsubishi member companies, Kansai Telecasting Corporation and SRI Sports Limited. All the sponsoring companies, gallery, lineup of Japan golf tour organizations, and volunteers and others, as well as the Higashi Hirono Golf Club each made significant contributions to the Charity Fund.
      The total amount of the fund for the year reached about ¥25 million and some portion is to be presented to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), through the Japan Association for UNHCR.

June 2008

vol.10  Mitsubishi Corporation Donations of Solar-Powered Streetlights to Villages (India)
      MC has donated 200 solar-powered streetlights to villages without electricity in the Koraput region of Orissa in eastern India. The streetlights were installed by the Centre for Research on Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development (MS Swaminathan Research Foundation), a nonprofit organization in the country.
      India is not yet fully electrified and many rural villages are still without lights. The installation of environmentally-friendly, solar-powered lamps will contribute to the development of local economies and improved safety and security for their residents.
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April 2008

vol.9 Mitsubishi Materials Corporation Project Hope-Working to Realize Chinese Children's Dream of Going to School
Mitsubishi Materials Corp. has participated in Project Hope since 2005. To date, it has helped finance the reconstruction of elementary school buildings in a village in Yunnan Province near Tibet. The old school buildings were more than 50 years old, and could not accommodate all their students. They also showed significant wear and tear–the roofs were letting in water and parts of the buildings were even in danger of collapse. Due to a lack of funds, however, the villagers could not renovate the aging buildings by themselves. Through financial donations from the local government and Mitsubishi Materials, the construction of the new school buildings could begin in February 2006. In September the same year, the village celebrated the completion of the new buildings. The children are now finally receiving their education, without any obstacles to learning.
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February 2008

vol.8  The Mitsubishi Foundation Contributions made by the Foundation, amounting to ¥12.9 billion, contribute to education, culture, the arts and welfare programs. "Mitsubishi Foundation's Grant Programs"
Since its establishment in 1969, the Foundation has sponsored a total of 2,630 grant programs for support to its programs.
      Literacy education for the visually impaired in Japan has traditionally been based primarily on Braille training, and there has been little emphasis on the learning of kanji letters. Shizue Michimura, a teacher at the Yokohama City School for the Visually Impaired, helped to establish the Braille Learning Support Society and with assistance from Tokuma Iijima, President of Kokusai Ukidashi Insatsu K.K., has began to produce practice books using embossed printing technology. The books will include 1,006 characters, including numerals, alphabet, katakana and hiragana and the basic Chinese kanji learned in elementary school.
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December 2007

vol.7  The Mitsubishi Foundation Contributions made by the Foundation, amounting to ¥12.9 billion, contribute to education, culture, the arts and welfare programs. "Mitsubishi Foundation's Grant Programs"
Since its establishment in 1969, the Mitsubishi Foundation has sponsored a total of 2,630 grant programs amounting to ¥12.9 billion for support to the natural sciences, the cultural sciences, and to social welfare programs.
      Between 1991 and 2005, the Mitsubishi Foundation has provided six grants to support excavation and restoration work being carried out by Professor Yoshiaki Ishizawa, President of Sophia University, on the ruins at Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. Professor Ishizawa has spent many years working under extremely difficult conditions to excavate, restore, survey, study and preserve the historical sight.
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October 2007

vol.6  The Mitsubishi Foundation Contributions made by the Foundation, amounting to ¥12.9 billion, contribute to education, culture, the arts and welfare programs. "Mitsubishi Foundation's Grant Programs"
Since its establishment in 1969, the Mitsubishi Foundation has sponsored a total of 2,630 grant programs amounting to ¥12.9 billion for support to the natural sciences, the cultural sciences, and to social welfare programs. Between 2000 and 2002, four Japanese received the Nobel Prize. The Mitsubishi Foundation sponsored work being carried out since 1992, by one of these recipients, Dr. Ryoji Noyori, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2001, for his research of asymmetric synthesis reactions. This research has made a substantial contribution to the field of chemical catalysts of asymmetric hydrogen origin.
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August 2007

vol.5 Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. / Kirin Beverage Co., Ltd. "Supporting the National Soccer Team" - for empowering people and creating enthusiasm for a better future
The Kirin Group is a long-time supporter of Japan’s National Soccer Team and has also been actively involved in promoting the sport throughout the country in recent years.
Kirin holds sporting events at some of its factories and also collaborates with the Japan Football Association in local activities that nurture an appreciation of soccer among young children. The Company’s involvement in this popular sporting event is only one of the areas in which Kirin is actively involved in enhancing the quality of life for people everywhere.
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Starting members competing with a Columbian team in the Kirin Cup Soccer 2007, held on June 5, 2007

June 2007

vol.4 Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. Theatric Art Project for the Disabled "Able Art on Stage"
The “Able Art on Stage” project offers disabled artists various opportunities to develop their performing skills and natural talents in order to express themselves in drama, dance and musicals. These splendid performances, in turn, give the public many golden opportunities to view and appreciate the incredible contribution these individuals are making to culture and society today. The Project is an innovative approach to enhancing the creative spirit in all people, and provides the disabled with splendid opportunities to express their talents in a broad range of artistic medium.
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April 2007

vol.3 IT Frontier Corporation Rising to the Challenge like the Wind... A blind athlete runs with the vision to win.
Despite progressive vision loss, Yuichi Takahashi, who works at IT Frontier, has become one of the world's top runners. Currently he holds the world record in the men's marathon and won a gold medal in Athens Paralympics. Recently he competed in Tokyo Marathon and he is training hard for entry qualification and to be the champion at the Beijin Paralympics.
IT Frontier supports and introduces his activities for better understanding by more people on the efforts and achievements by a handicapped person and believes it brings more courage to all.

February 2007

vol.2 Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation A successful internship program helps to provide more opportunities for young people with disabilities.
It is challenging for students with disabilities to participate in internships at companies while still in school. The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation has developed a program that has accommodated more than 30 of these students, by providing opportunities for them to gain valuable work experience in the offices of Members of Congress. In 2000, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. became the first Japanese company to win the Helen Keller Achievement Award for its assistance to students at the American Foundation for the Blind.
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December 2006

vol.1  Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation Educational projects for exchanges among high school students in Japan and Germany
The Takenoko (bamboo shoot) Program, jointly sponsored by the DaimlerChrysler Group and Mitsubishi Fuso, aims to raise awareness in each other's culture and promote exchange among high school students in Japan and Germany. The program name derives from the desire that youth exchange activities between the two countries may build and grow extensive networks among these students. In October 2006, about 40 German students came to Japan and visited Mitsubishi Fuso's Kawasaki Plant.
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