August 2012

August 27, 2012 6:15 PM

From the Foot of Mt. Fuji...Part 2

Hello! I'm Miyajima from Minami-Hakone Seminar House.
Last year, I wrote about Create Taiyo, a welfare service provider for disabled people. Let me tell you again about the facility.

We exhibit and sell Create Taiyo's items in an area right next to the front gate of the seminar house. After I introduced these items on this website last year, sales almost doubled. We were amazed at how influential the Smile Relay was! As we are engaged in supporting sales of their items, we are happy that many visitors to the seminar house actually purchased them.

And here's more surprising news! Last December, Create Taiyo donated to us an excellent bench they had made themselves as a token of their appreciation. The 135cm-wide bench has now been installed in the area next to the sales section at the seminar house. Many people sit on the bench while waiting for a taxi or just to relax. It is a really comfortable bench!

The donation ceremony was attended by the people who actually made the bench. They read the donation list out loud in unison. They must have practiced reading the list out loud many times. Thank you very much!

Create Taiyo donates a bench to one of their partner organizations every year to commemorate Disabilities Week. In 2011, we had the honor to be selected by them.

Donation ceremony

▲ Donation ceremony

Photograph of staff members of Create Taiyo and the seminar house taken after the donation ceremony☆

▲ Photograph of staff members of Create Taiyo and the seminar house taken after the donation ceremony☆

Under the Basic Act for Persons with Disabilities, Disabilities Week is designated as the week from December 3 to 9 every year (I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know which week...). As indicated on the website of the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan, the basic principles of the Act are as follows: all persons with disabilities shall have the right to be respected for their individual dignity and be assured of a livelihood appropriate to that dignity; all persons with disabilities, as members of society, shall be provided opportunities to participate in all fields, including social, economic, and cultural fields; no one shall be allowed to discriminate against persons with disabilities or act in a way that will infringe their rights and benefits based on their disabilities. In accordance with these principles, Create Taiyo is engaged in outstanding work every day, with consideration given to each person's character. At the seminar house, we will continue to support Create Taiyo!

I have a favor to ask of the Sumitomo Electric Group. If you come to the Minami-Hakone Seminar House, please drop by the sales section for Create Taiyo's items in the area right next to the front gate. They have a wider variety of items with a new line-up. Also, please have a seat on our comfortable bench. We look forward to welcoming you! :-)

August 7, 2012 9:10 AM

First Fair of Products from the Tohoku Region Held at the Tokyo Head Office!

Hello! I’m Kobayashi, of the HR & Administration Department.

On Wednesday, June 20, and Thursday, 21, a fair of products from the Tohoku region was held at the Tokyo head office to support areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. This was the first time that we have had such a fair.

On the days of the event, confectionery, noodles, juice and many other products from Iwate, Fukushima, and Miyagi—which were the prefectures most seriously damaged by the disaster—were sold to employees of our company and our group companies. The fair was joined also by Suehiro Shuzo, a Japanese sake manufacturer in Fukushima, selling their excellent sake, which they are really proud of.

Since this was the first time that we had a fair of products from the Tohoku region at the Tokyo head office, we were first not sure how many people the event could attract. However, partly because we had distributed flyers one week before, and also one day before the fair, the event was able to successfully draw many employees of the Sumitomo Electric group (:-).

Many of the products were sold out even on the first day of the event. On the second day, all the products other than sake were sold out before the scheduled closing time, and the event came to a successful end!

We hope that this will not be a one-off event, and that we will continue to hold the event for at least five years. We would like to ask for your continuous support.

I would like to conclude by expressing my appreciation to Fukushima Prefecture Tokyo Office, Miyagi Hometown Plaza, and Iwate Ginga Plaza, which provided generous cooperation for the event.

We are from Fukushima. Thank you very much for shopping!

▲ We are from Fukushima. Thank you very much for shopping!

Miyagi will never give up!

▲ Miyagi will never give up!

Don’t give up, Iwate!!

▲ Don’t give up, Iwate!!

Group photo of all the staff. Thank you very much for your hard work!

▲ Group photo of all the staff. Thank you very much for your hard work!