September 12, 2014 9:15 AM

Students from a Prefectural School in Hiroshima Visit Us!

Hello, everyone. I am Iguchi of Tokyo HR Group, Human Resources Department, HR & Administration Division.

On August 1, 42 students from a prefectural high school in Hiroshima visited us at our Tokyo head office. The visit was part of the Top Leader High School Support Program promoted by the Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education. In Hiroshima, the Prefectural Board of Education designates several high schools as "Top Leader High School," aiming to develop and produce the next-generation top leaders with high aims. Accordingly, the program is designed for students of the designated high schools to establish independent study habits and adopt a more ambitious attitude toward the realization of high-level career goals. The program includes a visit to a university and a company located outside Hiroshima Prefecture, and we began working together on the program three years ago.

On the day of their visit, the students first listened to a presentation on our business and manufacturing. They also observed actual items among our products, such as a superconducting cable without any electric resistance, which is currently receiving attention as an ultimate material for electric wires and cables, and an optical fiber cable, which supports broadband networks. The students seemed very interested in our technology, which is deeply connected with people’s daily lives and society.

Since the theme of their visit to us this year was “Future Dream,” we asked the students what they wanted to be in the future. They described a wide variety of dreams, such as becoming a doctor, working at an airline company, and working as an engineer (I’m happy with this answer!). This was followed by a game in which they experienced business from the viewpoint of a manufacturer. Divided into teams of five or six students, they made designated products out of paper and then tried to sell them. The teams competed against one another in sales. Each team needed to think about the structures of material procurement and mass production. All the students were ambitious enough to try various strategies in this game, generating a very exciting atmosphere.

The visit concluded with messages from Mr. Kensuke Takezawa, who is an employee of Sumitomo Electric and a member of our athletics club. Looking back on his high school days, he told the students that he had made great efforts to realize his dream of going on to university and competing in the Hakone Ekiden (long-distance relay race). He encouraged the students to realize their dreams by working hard without forgetting the importance of “well-planned preparation” and “continuance.”

We hope that what the students experienced in their visit with us will serve as a good opportunity for them to consider their future careers. We support their bright future!

August 25, 2014 3:50 PM

SHC Receives Internship Students

Hello, everybody. I’m Fujita of SHC Co., Ltd.

Four years ago, we began to receive internship students from Toyama Prefectural Takaoka Kogei High School. The high school teaches mainly industrial and arts-related subjects. This year, for three days from July 2, two second-year students from the machinery department and the electronic machinery department experienced working at SHC.

In the first half of the internship program, the students tried deburring* air springs used for railway vehicles, such as the Bullet Train, while in the second half, they inspected the performance of rubber coated cloth used as a material for these products. The students engaged in all their allotted tasks with complete seriousness. The internship program seemed to help them understand that in order to ensure safety for the many railroad users, the manufacture of defective items is never allowed, and that in order to meet the designated standard, each staff member works on their own individual tasks with a sense of responsibility.

We hope that what they have learned through the internship program will be useful for their future school life, and help them when they decide their future careers.

*Deburring: Smoothing rough edges or ridges generated on a processed surface when the relevant item is shaven


SHC Co., Ltd.

SHC Co., Ltd.
Headquartered in Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture, SHC Co., Ltd. manufactures a wide variety of rubber coated cloth products, such as air springs for vehicles, including the Bullet Train, industrial air springs used for industrial machinery and precision equipment, and inflatable rubber dams for installation in rivers.



August 25, 2014 3:10 PM

SDV Cooperates for an Internship Program

Hello, everyone. I am Nakanishi of SD Vietnam Industries (SDV).

At the request of Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan, we cooperated on one of the university’s internship programs and received a student from the university in March. To keep pace with the globalization of companies, the university works hard on developing human resources who can demonstrate their capabilities through all of Asia. As part of such efforts, the internship program this time is designed to provide an opportunity for students who would like to work overseas in the future to understand the actual situation of Japanese companies developing business in foreign countries, and to consider the significance of working as a member of global society, thereby enhancing their motivation for working outside Japan. Approving that objective, we received a student from the university for the first time.

An internship program student

▲An internship program student

In the two-week internship program, the student worked in all phases of the wiring harness manufacturing process, and also tried some paperwork, such as designs and estimates. He said that he had never worked at a plant or experienced an environment where there were very few Japanese around him. As might be expected of a student wishing to participate in an internship program held overseas, however, he soon got along well with his Vietnamese staff members and worked very hard.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese staff members were also active in training him beyond the language barrier. They probably felt pleased and honored that a Japanese university student came to their country in order to receive training at their company. On the final day of the internship program, the student was interviewed about his impressions of the program and his experiences during his stay in Vietnam. The interview was published on the front page of our in-house newsletter Ngay Moi, I believe which helped all the staff members understand the significance of the internship program. Moreover, knowing that the internship program was reported by a Japanese newspaper, the staff members of the department to which the student was assigned were very pleased. It seems that receiving the internship student was a good stimulus for us.

We would like to continue cooperating with these internship programs, and thereby contribute to society.

SD Vietnam Industries, Ltd.

SD Vietnam Industries, Ltd.
Established in 2003 in Hanoi, SD Vietnam Industries is funded by Sumiden Shoji Co., Ltd., Onamba Co., Ltd., and Bessho Densen K.K. The company manufactures wiring harnesses (for air conditioners and construction machines).




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.