April 30, 2014 1:25 PM

Preschool Preparation Class Held for Foreign Children Living in Komaki

Hello. I’m Minako Suzuki of the CSR/Corporate Citizenship Office at Tokai Rubber Industries. I feel that until quite recently I appreciated cherry blossoms in full bloom, but now I enjoy cozy early summer weather.

Children listening attentively to volunteers reading aloud a picture book

▲Children listening attentively to volunteers reading aloud a picture book

Today, I’d like to introduce a preschool preparation class for foreign children who live in Komaki, Aichi, and will soon be enrolled in elementary school. This program is designed for such children to adapt to Japanese school life as early as possible, by helping them to acquire the Japanese reading and writing skills necessary for school life and to understand the basic rules to be followed at school.

This program is provided with the cooperation of Komaki International Association and Tokai Rubber Industries, a member company of the Sumitomo Electric Group, with the aim of developing young people in the area where the company’s head office and Komaki Plant are located. Held right before the school enrolment season, the program marked its 4th anniversary this year.

Due to a lack of Japanese proficiency, many foreign children cannot follow classes, leading some such children to refuse to go to school. In this regard, it is necessary to offer detailed care and attention so that they can adapt to Japanese school life smoothly. Prior to the program, volunteer citizens had participated in an instructor training course held from summer to winter. As preparation for the program, they had learned appropriate instruction methods and tips on creating useful class materials.

Children learning hard with their eyes shining

▲Children learning hard with their eyes shining

At this year’s program, on Saturdays from January to March, a total of 31 children from seven countries, such as Brazil, the Philippines and Peru, participated in nine to ten classes provided by a total of 18 instructors at nursery schools and other facilities in the city. Using books or posters that they had made on their own for class, the instructors gave the children very careful instruction. On top of learning hiragana pronunciations, the stroke order when writing hiragana, and how to read a clock, the children enjoyed listening to instructors reading picture books out loud. The classroom was always filled with the smiles of children who could hardly wait for the start of their school lives.

Child receiving a certificate of completion at the “graduation” ceremony. It seems that the children have all become somewhat stronger.

▲Child receiving a certificate of completion at the “graduation” ceremony. It seems that the children have all become somewhat stronger.

Meanwhile, I hear that children who “graduated” from this program have adapted to their school lives, studying hard and playing energetically every day. I also hear that their parents are happy that thanks to the program, the children converse in Japanese more frequently than before and that they have made a lot of friends. We would like to continue this program, which will make many more children smile, and contribute to making their school lives more cheerful, and ensuring their sound growth.



Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.

Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (headquartered in Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture) will celebrate its 85th anniversary in December 2014. Based on high-polymer rubber compounding technology, the company manufactures and sells automobile parts including anti-vibration rubbers, in which the company boasts the world’s top share, as well as general industry items, including precision parts for IT equipment and high-pressure hoses for construction equipment. Recently the company has been expanding its business portfolio into the fields of earthquake countermeasure equipment, heat insulating window films, and long-term care support goods for elderly people. Utilizing its network covering 102 bases in 24 countries around the world, the company aims to secure a stable supply of high quality products all over the world, thereby realizing its mission as Global Excellent Manufacturing Company.




March 26, 2014 9:55 AM

Ceremony to Present Donations to University Research Projects

Hello. I am Ikeda of the secretariat of the SEI Group CSR Foundation.

The SEI Group CSR Foundation was established in April 2009 for the purpose of developing human resources and promoting academic activities in various fields both in Japan and overseas. The Foundation was certified as a public service corporation in February 2010. As part of its efforts, on Wednesday, February 26 the Foundation held the FY 2013 ceremony to present donations to university research projects.

When you hear “university research projects,” what image do you have?

Something related to confusing numerical formulas or laboratories with an array of experimental equipment, perhaps? The university research projects that we present donations to this time are pursuing themes that you will find familiar.

One of the projects works on the cultivation of a fuel crop whose production will not compete with food production. (Plant Bioengineering for Bioenergy Laboratory at Osaka University) Striving for large-scale agricultural production of a fuel crop that can be grown even in dry, barren areas, the project promotes their research in Japan as well as in Africa and Southeast Asia.

The second is a project that is working on early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. (Project at Tohoku University conducting research on “neuro imaging”) As for Alzheimer’s disease, it has been identified that a certain type of protein is formed in a patient’s brain many years prior to the onset of the disease. If this protein is detected, it follows that early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease will become possible, leading even to prevention of the onset of the disease.

The last project deals with home care of patients with chronic heart disease. (Project at Saga University promoting research on terminal care for elderly patients with chronic heart disease) The project aims to develop a system under which a network connects patients with chronic heart disease at home with their medical institutions to provide remote support to ensure the patients can receive reliable nursing and medical care at home.

At the ceremony to present donations to university research projects

▲ At the ceremony to present donations to university research projects

On top of providing donations to these projects, the Foundation offers financial support to excellent academic research projects that lead to progress in scientific technologies and the development of industrial society, thereby helping many researchers promote their activities.

♪ Related link:SEI Group CSR Foundation

February 17, 2014 9:07 AM

Toys for tots

Each year The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program distributes approximately 16 to 19 million toys to more than 7 million children. The mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

The program was founded in 1947 and in 1948 it expanded into a nationwide program. In 1959 Toys for Tots went international following the typhoon that devastated the city of Nagoya, Japan. There have been two other international occasions, one in the Republic of Panama and the other in the Caribbean.

Toys for Tots is well-known in the United States. Even Walt Disney had a part in its development as Walt Disney designed the now famous Toys for Tots train logo in 1948.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc. (SEIP) started participating in 2002 and has done so each year since for a total of 12 years. A collection box is placed in the SEIP lobby around late November. Toys are collected and picked up by local Marines in December. If the Marines are low on resources an SEIP employee will assist by delivering the toys to the closest drop site or the San Diego County distribution center located in Mira Mesa.

This is a great way for SEIP to support the community. Many of SEIP’s visitors take notice and give SEIP compliments for being involved in such a worthy cause. A few times return visitors have even brought a toy! SEIP’s ability to coordinate such an activity each year personifies the kindhearted nature of SEIP’s employees. The employees enjoy donating each year and look forward to many more years of being a contributor.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.
Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.(SEIP) was established in 1985 in San Diego, U.S.A.
SEIP manufactures and sells heat shrinkable tubing and solder sleeves for a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, appliance, communications, medical and transit.

February 10, 2014 1:32 PM

Participation in the Tokamachi City Environmental Fair

Hello. I’m Kamimura of the management department of Chuetsu Sumidenso, Ltd. in Japan.

▲Pictures drawn by children whose fingers were stiff due to the cold weather

On Sunday, October 27, the annual Tokaimachi City Environmental Fair was held at Echigo-Tsumari Art Field in Kinar, an interaction facility at Echigo-Tsumari. We began to join in this event in 2008, making this year’s participation our sixth time.

Tokamachi City, home to our plants, strives to create environmentally-friendly communities. The Tokamachi City Environmental Fair is held annually to encourage people in the city to consider environmental problems, such as global warming, as issues they should be personally concerned about. This fair consists of booths set up by companies, a second-hand sales event hosted by a consumers’ association, a section providing the hands-on experience of making zori (Japanese sandals) out of used clothing, and other programs.

This year, unfortunately, it was chilly in the morning, with light rain and wind from around noon. Still, the event drew approximately 2,000 people, much more than last year. Among them, about 160 people visited our booth, which was more than double of last year!

This year, our booth comprised a panel discussion regarding our environmental efforts, including a section where visitors were able to make rockets using disposable covers for wet umbrellas, and a darts game using the rockets.

▲What number is he aiming at?

Children enjoyed themselves by trying out the darts game many times and drawing pictures on their rockets. (Since it was really chilly on the day of the event, the children’s fingers were so stiff from the cold that they seemed to have some difficulty drawing pictures!)

In addition to us, nine other organizations also set up booths at the event. The sections featuring the exhibition and sales of eco-friendly products, the demonstration of pellet stoves, and the hands-on experience of making flat thonged sandal made out of used clothing were crowded with visitors which made us feel that the environmental awareness among the citizens are increasing.

Since this event serves as a good opportunity for us to consider environmental problems, we would like to continue participating in the future.

▲Happy about winning a prize for participating

▲Rockets

Chuetsu Sumidenso, Ltd

Chuetsu Sumidenso, Ltd.

Chuetsu Sumidenso, Ltd., a subsidiary of Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., was established in 1987 as a manufacturer of wiring harnesses mounted as in-vehicle components. The company is headquartered in Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture.

January 10, 2014 10:14 AM

Our Volunteer Staff Making a Social Contribution – Renovating an Elementary School in Thailand

Hello!
I’m Yunoki of Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd (SEST).

In 2011, as part as our CSR activities, we recruited our employees to volunteer at Ban mab pai school (public elementary school), which is approximately 40 minutes from our office. Some of our employees had graduated from this elementary school.

Unfortunately, last year, we could not carry out volunteer activities for the elementary school due to schedule conflicts. This year, however, with the cooperation of approximately 60 volunteers from SEST, including members from our maintenance and IT sections, we repaired computers, light fittings and electric fans, and donated picture books. In addition, we repainted playground equipment and cleaned the school yard with the children from the elementary school.

Afterwards, we served the children some snacks, such as omusubi (rice balls), deep-fried chicken, and French fries. We all had a great time together.

At the end of the volunteer activities, the children chanted “Study hard, respect our parents and teachers, and stay away from drugs,” which is the phrase that all the children at the school chant before leaving school every day. These innocent children reminded us of our own childhood, making us feel purified inside. Although the teachers expressed their great appreciation to us, we feel that we ourselves were able to learn a lot from the volunteer activities. We will do our best so that we can continue these activities.

Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Established in 1996 as a manufacturing and sales company for sintered components, Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is an affiliated company belonging to the sintered parts group of the Sumitomo Electric Group. The company will celebrate its 17th anniversary this year. Having overcome various difficulties, such as the Asian currency crisis that hit the company immediately after it began operations, the economic confusion triggered by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and the Thai flooding in 2011, the company continues expanding its sales. Currently employing more than 600 staff members, the company has grown into a major production base with one of the largest plants of all the factories that the sintered parts group has outside Japan.

December 16, 2013 2:22 PM

Lecture at Kagakukan-Daisuki-Club

Hello, I’m Okuda, a Senior Assistant Manager of Analysis Technology Research Center at Sumitomo Electric in Osaka, Japan.

On Sunday, October 20 at the Osaka Science Museum, I had an opportunity to introduce part of Sumitomo Electric’s research activities to members of the Kagakukan-Daisuki-Club*1 (KDC), a citizen’s group consisting of junior/senior high school and university students and working adults who study science at the museum. This lecture drew approximately 20 persons, including students from Osaka City Higashi Senior High School, which is designated as a super science high school (SSH*2).

Prior to the lecture, I was asked by the event organizer to ensure that the lecture would serve as an opportunity for young people with an interest in science to know that there were future careers in which they could continue what they liked doing. In this regard, I spoke from the perspective of how useful school science classes were for actual manufacturing.

On the day of the event, I described the history and business activities of Sumitomo Electric, and explained about the development of superconductive materials and magnesium alloys, as well as about the analysis jobs available at my organization, the Analysis Technology Research Center. Some audience members asked me specific questions concerning our development challenges, indicating that they had listened to me very attentively. I hope that the lecture will encourage participating students to consider their future careers.

Following the lecture, I visited the Osaka Science Museum’s exhibition section regarding the science history of Osaka, which included an explanation of the history of Sumitomo’s copper rolling business. At other sections, I was able to actually touch the exhibited items and try various experiments, making the museum tour very interesting and fun. Why not visit the Osaka Science Museum one day?

*1: The Kagakukan-Daisuki-Club holds monthly meetings, where members can listen to lectures from researchers, such as university professors, carry out experiments using easily obtained items, and make handicrafts. In addition, when an event is held at the Osaka Science Museum, they demonstrate simple experiments using handmade tools so that visitors to the museum will become more familiar with science.

*2: Super science high school (SSH) is designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a high school with an emphasis on the teaching of technologies, science, and mathematics.

♪ Related link:Web site of the Kagakukan-Daisuki-Club  http://www2.hamajima.co.jp/~fhert/

November 25, 2013 8:51 AM

United Way Day of Caring

Hi this is Alyssa Holster, an intern with the General Affairs Department at Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (SEWS), located in United States.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 was the United Way of Southern Kentucky’s fifth annual Day of Caring.

This year, the Bowling Green Administrative Office signed up for a classroom supply drive benefitting Briarwood Elementary’ s English as a Second Language students. Many of these students do not have access to school supplies prior to the beginning of school. SEWS was able to donate 4 large boxes of school supplies.

“We have many parents that struggle to pay their monthly expenses so if we can help with any school supplies or needs they may need it just helps the parents not worry that at school they will get behind because they could not afford something for school. We really appreciate your caring for our families!” said Janice Lockwood, Family Resource Coordinator at Briarwood Elementary.

More than 800 volunteers from over 64 companies throughout Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties participated to complete more than 60 projects. The United Way organizes this Day of Caring to give people a look inside the life of being a volunteer in the community and numerous organizations across South Central Kentucky commit to an activity that makes something in their community better.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.
Established in 1986 in the United States. Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. manufactures and sells automotive wiring harnesses, electronics equipment, electronic units, connectors, and harness parts. The company has about 13,000 employees. SEWS has more than 20 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. Website  http://www.sewsus.com/