July 22, 2011 3:00 PM

Open-Air Market Held by Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc. to Support the Recovery from the Earthquake

I’m Saiki from the Administrative Dept. of Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc., located in Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka Prefecture, near Kansai International Airport.
I would like to express my sincere condolences and deep sympathy to those who lost their lives in or have suffered from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11.

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From March 21 to 25, Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer placed a donation box in our in-house shop in a bid to raise a relief fund for victims of the disaster, resulting in the collection of a total of 175,499 yen. The money was sent to the affected areas through the Sumitomo Electric Group.
At the same time, we discussed support measures other than such donations. Considering that it was important to restore the economy of the affected areas to that existing before the disaster, we decided to organize an open-air market featuring rice, vegetables, fruits, drinks, processed products, etc. made in Fukushima. With the cooperation of Nuclear Fuel Industries., Ltd., located next to our property, we held the event for the employees of both companies.
We bore the cost of the transportation of sales items from Fukushima Prefecture to Kumatori and the brokerage charge for the open-air market. We will continue to hold such an event three to four times a year for the next three years.
Nothing pleases us more than to see the smiles of many people eating food from Fukushima.
The photographs show part of the first open-air market held on June 10.

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Although it was sometimes drizzling, the weather was pleasant enough to continue holding an open-air market, and the event ended successfully.
Mr. Kikkawa of the Osaka Office of Fukushima Prefecture participated in the market, and Derector Mouri of Wago Co., Ltd., the broker for the event, came all the way from Tokyo.
Incidentally, the orange aprons and the adorable flags were provided by courtesy of Fukushima Prefecture. Although the open-air market was planned to be held during the lunch break and also after office hours on the event day, all items were sold out during the lunch break, with sales totaling approximately 300,000 yen.

Some of the employees said, “I’ll buy more sake at the next market,” or “I wanted much more fruit.” In response to these comments, the next market will be organized in autumn, the harvesting season.

SFP

Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc.
Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc. (Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka) was spun off from Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. in July, 1999. The company’s two major business domains handle irradiated products, represented by Sumitube™ and Irrax™ tube, and polymeric products such as Sumiflon™ and Poreflon™. Using its unique technology, the company contributes to a wide range of industries, including automobiles, information and communications, home electronics and infrastructure.

Website   http://www.sei-sfp.co.jp/english/

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