August 2011

August 23, 2011 6:40 PM

Our Participation in Volunteer Activities to Support Recovery in Tohoku

Hello, I am Nakano from the NEXT Center.

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.

Starting off in the volunteer bus “Kankeiren-go.”

▲ Starting off in the volunteer bus “Kankeiren-go.”

I recently participated in a volunteer bus tour to one of the afflicted areas, organized by the Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren).

From July 8 to 11, participants from companies based in the Kansai region undertook volunteer activities to support recovery efforts in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.

Over the two days of July 9 and 10, participants cleaned the gutters in a residential area in Ishinomaki. Residents complained that they suffered from sludge that had risen up from the tsunami along with water, and then accumulated in gutters. This has been one of the problems facing afflicted areas, which we could not notice back here in Osaka. Even four months after the earthquake, nearly 90% of all the gutters in the flooded areas were still uncleaned.

On both the two days, the temperature rose above 30℃. Participants had a hard time doing unfamiliar work in the gutters. We often hardly notice how heavy the gutter covers and wet sludge really are...

Gutters are so clean after the sludge is removed.

▲ Gutters are so clean after the sludge is removed.

During this hard work, we were refreshed with the kind hearts of the residents. When we were exhausted and taking a break in some shade, a couple brought us some cool water and fresh vegetables. Children called out to us, “Hello!”, in a cheerful voice. This may sound trite, but we felt like the afflicted residents were helping us more than we were helping them.

We finally managed to complete the work, with much support from the residents. Covers were put over the gutters after the work, so we could no longer see how clean the gutters had become. However, we had a fresh sense of achievement after finishing. The head of the neighborhood association expressed his gratitude to us, and we felt that we were able to provide some assistance to the residents.

Ishinomaki in the aftermath of the tsunami

▲ Ishinomaki in the aftermath of the tsunami

Ishinomaki in the aftermath of the tsunami

 

Through this visit to an afflicted area, I once again recognized what devastating damage the earthquake had caused, and how terrible tsunami could be. It was a valuable experience to know the actual status of the afflicted areas, which is difficult to see back here in Osaka, and to recognize problems facing residents of those areas. I hope to continue helping people who live in the affected areas in some way.

♪ Related link: Kansai Economic Federation http://www.kankeiren.or.jp/English/

August 10, 2011 11:00 AM

Presents from Children

Hello, readers! I am Wenxin Liu, from the HR & General Affairs Department, Zhongshan Sumiden Hybrid Products Co., Ltd. (ZSH).

ZSH is located in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China, to the southwest of the Pearl River Delta, and approximately 85 kilometers southwest of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province. Zhongshan is known for Quanyan hot springs and the Guzhen lighting fair, among others. It is also not far from Hong Kong and Macau, and is a beautiful city surrounded by green.

Although “Zhongshan” is used for road names around China, Zhongshan City here is the very hometown of Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan), the “Father of the Revolution,” who is also known as Sun When. Did you know that?

About twenty years ago, Zhongshan was mainly an agricultural city, producing commercial crops that were shipped to Hong Kong. Based on its geographical location with the Pearl River (Zhu Jiang) flowing along the east side of the city, and with a boost from reform and liberalization policies, the Zhongshan Torch High-tech Industrial Development Zone was established as a first-phase national high-tech industry development zone by the State Council in March 1991. It has now become a large industrial area housing business sites of high-tech industries, bio-tech industries, and others. ZSH was established in this development zone in August 1995.

It was early June, and it was hot. (*-*;

▲ It was early June, and it was hot. (*-*;

In this report, I would like to introduce some of our philanthropic activities. ZSH has been engaged in various philanthropic activities every year, as a part of the trade union’s initiatives. Our trade union was evaluated highly by the Zhongshan Torch High-tech Industrial Development Zone in 2009 and 2010.

Last year, we paid a courtesy visit to the old people’s home in Zhongshan Torch High-tech Industrial Development Zone on Respect-for-the-Aged Day. This year, 14 union members visited the Zhongshan Home for Orphans on Children’s Day, and held an exchange with the children.

At present, more than 400 children from infants to high school students live in the Zhongshan Home for Orphans. Because we visited the Home in the afternoon on a weekday, older children were away at school, but 45 kindergarteners and infants were there to welcome us.

They were very happy for the clothes, milk, stationery, comic books, toys, and more that we purchased in advance and brought as souvenirs for them. In return, the children danced and sang for us.

Souvenirs for you♪

▲ Souvenirs for you♪

Participants on this visit (^-^)/

▲ Participants on this visit (^-^)/

Just like we felt at our courtesy visit to the nursing home last year, we felt like we were given more cheers than we presented. We can’t post photos with the children here, but they all showed us cute and cheerful smiles, which were the most wonderful gift for us☆

We would like to continue delivering smiles to as many people as possible through such activities.

Zhongshan Sumiden Hybrid Products Co., Ltd.

Zhongshan Sumiden Hybrid Products Co., Ltd. (ZSH)
ZSH started operation in 1996 as a subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc., and currently has about 800 employees. Its main products include rollers used for printers and copiers; SUMIFLONTM Coated Aluminum, aluminum sheets coated with fluorocarbon resin, which are easy to press mold for inner pots of rice cookers, hot plates, etc.; and PoreflonTM fine filtration module, which is used for water treatment. As interests in the environment also surge in China, these products are expected to contribute to a future greener society.

Website of ZSH   http://www.sumiden-zs.com/

August 1, 2011 1:30 PM

Our Participation in the Minato Ward Clean-up and Smoking Rule Awareness Campaign (around Tamachi Station)!

Hello, I’m Kobayashi from the HR & Administration Department.
 
In this blog, I reported earlier on the Clean-up and Smoking Rule Awareness Campaign, held by the Safety & Beautification Council of Shibaura Konan Area in Minato Ward. The same campaign was finally held in Tamachi, where our Tokyo Head Office is located, on July 6 (Wed)!!

The rainy season had ended and Tokyo was now immersed in the hot summer. However, this day the campaign activity started at 17:00, so we could concentrate on cleaning for about an hour without being affected by the sun too much.

The August clean-up is planned for the Odaiba area. We’ll keep on cleaning!


There’s more trash than it seems.

▲ There’s more trash than it seems.

The area around Shibaura Island is very clean.

▲ The area around Shibaura Island is very clean.


We felt even more motivated around the Tokyo Head Office!

▲ We felt even more motivated around the Tokyo Head Office!

We took a group photo in front of Tamachi Station. Thank you all for your hard work!

▲ We took a group photo in front of Tamachi Station. Thank you all for your hard work!