July 25, 2011 11:10 AM
Nice to meet you all! I'm Kishimoto from the Accounting Div. of the Administrative Dept., Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc., in Shigaraki.
▲ In front of the company is the first studio to produce a Shigaraki ceramic featuring the figure of a tanuki (raccoon dog)!
Shigaraki is renowned for producing Shigaraki ware. Located in the southernmost part of Shiga Prefecture, Shigaraki is a very beautiful town featuring a vast area of lush forests and mountains. This town experiences drastic changes in temperature between winter and summer. The temperature in winter is often below 0°C, and powder snow sometimes falls even in early April. On the other hand, temperatures on recent sweltering days have often exceeded 30°C... (^^;)
Under the fundamental principle of the importance of establishing a sustainable and environmentally-friendly society, Sumitomo Electric Wintec strives to continuously and steadily promote environmental conservation activities from a global viewpoint. Through providing magnet wires and related products, we aim to make a valuable contribution to society.
As part of such efforts, we support the Ohmi Eco-Foster, a project launched by Shiga Prefecture in 2000. Ohmi Eco-Foster is a coined term consisting of "Ohmi," the old name for Shiga; "Eco," representing the environment; and "Foster," indicating growth. In the project, local residents, companies and other participants carry out activities to beautify and conserve the environment surrounding public places. They clean up the designated area as volunteers, with affection and responsibility. The project strives to raise public awareness of the importance of environmental beautification, to prevent the streets from being littered with trash, and to promote local activities with cooperation between Shiga Prefecture and residents, companies and other organizations.
Since August 2003, we've been doing a cleanup once a month, excluding the times we couldn't do so due to rain or snow. Over 10 members participate in each cleanup in turn. In July 2011, we completed our 90th cleanup!
▲ Divided into two groups, the cleanup participants walk about 1 km from the company along National Route 422.
▲ At first glance, the road looks like a perfect complement to the rich and beautiful nature, but actually there's some litter...
▲ All the participants are working very hard picking up litter using garbage tongs and bags. So many cigarette butts!
▲ On their way back from the pachinko parlor, the participants are carefully checking the road again to pick up any litter that they didn't notice the first time.
Walking down National Route 422 from a parking area near the company to a pachinko parlor located to the east a few hundred meters from the company, participants clean both sides of the road. It's a little tough on scorching summer days and snowy winter days.
This is the fifth summer since I was transferred to Shigaraki without my family. Compared with the first time I participated in a cleanup, I think there's less litter on the road, although I can't deny the fact that there are still many cigarette butts...(>_<) The participants separate their litter, such as empty cans and PET bottles. The cleanup is concluded by taking a group photo to remember the day.
Next year, it will be 10 years since Sumitomo Electric Wintec was established. As a member of the local community, we will continue to actively work on environmental beautification activities together with people in the community.
♪ Website of Ohmi Eco-Foster (Shiga Prefecture) (in Japanese):
Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc.
In October 2002, Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc. was established after a full merger between Sumitomo Electric's magnet wire business section and two other companies. Since our establishment, we have been fully developing our magnet wire business even in overseas markets, and continuing to grow as one of the world's top comprehensive magnet wire manufacturers both in reputation and quality.
Magnet wire plays an important role in a wide range of fields related to our daily life. Such wire is used as a key component in information-communication equipment, electronic parts for automobiles, industrial motors, household electric appliances, etc.
Website of Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc. (in Japanese): http://www.sei-wintec.com/