Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee

Green Diamonds highlights the ongoing efforts of Mitsubishi companies to foster a greener, more sustainable planet and brighter, more vibrant communities through wide-ranging environmental and social initiatives.

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 gGroup Work on Managing Risks and Opportunities.h
     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 gTo Be a Good Company.h 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.

Through a business simulation, students can learn how to manage risks and opportunities.

The Tanegashima Aerospace Classroom is a social contribution activity unique to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, which has pursued the ongoing development of satellite launch vehicles for more than 40 years. First introduced in 2014, the activity has been held annually and will be carried out again in October this year. Fifth and sixth graders are invited to Tanegashima, an island in Japan's far southwest where MHI and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launch space rockets. Here, they take part in special science classes taught with an emphasis on hands-on experience with the aim of promoting children's dreams for the future and

Presentation of the MEXT award

Watching a rocket launch

Aerospace Classroom 2015

piquing their interest in monozukuri (manufacturing).
     MHI Group holds the Tanegashima Aerospace Classroom as part of its CSR program, and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) awarded the 2015 event early this year, recognizing its promotion of activities that give valuable experience-based learning opportunities to youths. The schoolchildren watched a rocket launch and attended science classes taught by company engineers. The children particularly enjoyed learning about the science behind rocket launches by making and launching their own rockets made from plastic bottles. Participating children later wrote to the company saying how much they enjoyed an experience not commonly available and how moving the rocket launch was.

Mitsubishi Corporation has held a number of lectures on wine at Fukushima University designed to promote economic recovery in the region after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation has, from last year, put on a series of lectures on the possibilities for wineries as a part of the Sixth Fruit Farming Project, concentrating on an introduction to the Fukushima Ouse Winery (lectures held on June 21, July 5, July 21, 2017).

A lecture at Fukushima University

     In one of the lectures, gWine: An Overview,h the Japanese sommelier Shinya Tasaki looked at wine from a variety

Japanese sommelier Shinya Tasaki

of angles encouraging interest in the subject. Taking a general view of wine from a business perspective, gWine and Farming,h gWine and Businessh and other lectures in the series aimed to make the wine business more familiar to those in the Fukushima agricultural sector.
     This concurs with the companyfs desire to nurture human resources who will support agriculture in the prefecture, as the Fukushima University is planning to establish in 2019 a new Faculty of Agriculture that will offer courses on brewing techniques.

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 Japanfs 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

At the Cultural Property designation ceremony

Ikuno Silver Mine tunnel

An Imperial Chrysanthemum crest still adorns the main gate pillar

tour of the ruins which allows visitors to see the cultural properties that embody the historical story of gJapan, the Resource Rich Nation.h