September 2012

September 25, 2012 1:06 PM

Students from a Prefectural High School in Hiroshima Visited Us!

Hello, everyone. I am Fujima of Tokyo H&R Group, H&R Section, H&R Administration Dept.

On August 1, 37 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. The program is designed for students of prefectural high schools designated as top leader high schools to establish independent study habits and adopt a more ambitious attitude toward the realization of their high 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 a year ago.

The visit began with an explanation of the structure of the manufacturing industry and our businesses, followed by a business game among students. Divided into teams of five or six students, they made designated products of paper and then tried to sell them. The teams competed against one another in sales. Since each team needed to think about the structures of material procurement and mass production, the game served as a good opportunity to experience some actual jobs carried out at a manufacturing company.

The game was characterized by some challenges that are often observed in actual business scenes: the number and type of tools provided in advance varied among the teams, the product sales price and material purchase price fluctuated, and the amount of provided information depended on sales. Although we had slightly worried at first that the game might be too difficult for high school students, all the participants were ambitious enough to work on the game, cooperating well with each other and devising ways and means to solve various problems.

Some of the responses to the questionnaire conducted for the game were along the lines of “The game helped me learn about jobs carried out at a manufacturer,” “Cooperating with group members, I enjoyed learning about society,” and “This is what I’ve never experienced in my daily life. It was impressive.” It seems that the game helped raise their interest in manufacturing.

We would be happy if we could help them understand about manufacturing, which we think they are not familiar with in their daily lives. We look forward to their bright future!

Teams are seriously engaged in the business game!

▲ Teams are seriously engaged in the business game!

What price can they sell the products they have made?

▲ What price can they sell the products they have made?

September 14, 2012 9:00 AM

Cooperating with Work Experience Program for Junior High School Students

Hello, everyone. I’m Sekiguchi of the HR & Administration Group of SEI Optifrontier Co., Ltd.

Every year at our Saitama Works, we provide cooperation with a work experience program for local junior high school students. This year, we received three second-grade junior high school students for two days, August 1 and 2, providing them an opportunity to experience some of the jobs carried out at our company.

The program began with education on safety and business manners, as well as a tour of our optical fiber cable manufacturing plant. This was followed by actual experiences of cross-section measurement testing of drop cables, and slip processing.

Cross-section measurement testing is an important process in which a cross section of a finished cable is displayed on a monitor screen where software programs are used to confirm whether the internal structure of the cable meets the designated standard values. Although there were many items to be checked, the students worked hard on this tough task. I was very impressed with their concentration.

For the slip processing, the students were asked to register the used amount and stock amount of delivered materials. Using a bar-code reader, the students processed the data for hundreds of slips. Understanding the importance of the material flow, they worked on this task steadily and seriously.

It seems that this work experience program served as a good opportunity for the students to think about their future and careers. I hope this experience will help them find what they really want to do in their future. Also, I’d be happy if I can someday welcome the students who experienced the program at our company as new employees. I look forward to such a day.

Students conducting cross-section measurement testing

▲ Students conducting cross-section measurement testing

Student doing a slip processing

▲ Student doing a slip processing

SEI Optifrontier Co., Ltd.

SEI Optifrontier Co., Ltd.
SEI Optifrontier Co., Ltd. was established in July 2010 as a result of the merger of Toyokuni Electric Cable Co., Ltd., Sumiden High Precision Co., Ltd., and the design and manufacturing teams of the Lightwave Network Products Division of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. We manufacture mainly optical fiber cables, optical connectors, optical fiber fusion splicers, and tools for network construction. We make our utmost efforts to manufacture and develop products to serve as the cornerstone of the information society.

Website of SEI Optifrontier Co., Ltd.  http://www.seof.co.jp/english/

September 12, 2012 9:20 AM

Participating in Seashore Clean-Up Volunteer Activity

Hello, everyone. I’m Oshima of the Safety & Environmental Dept. of Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.

Headquartered in Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, our company manufactures mainly wiring harnesses for automobiles and electronic equipment.

Let me introduce a clean-up activity on the Yoshizaki Seashore, the city’s only natural seashore. We began participating in this activity three years ago.

To attract sea turtles once again, this clean-up activity was launched by those concerned about the dispersal of waste that had drifted to the seashore, where sea turtles used to lay their eggs. The clean-up activity is held on the first Sunday of every month by the Yokkaichi Sea Turtle Conservation Association. On top of encouraging our staff on a daily basis to actively participate in the effort, we designate one day a year as a special day to attract many more participants in the effort.

Clean-up activity

▲Clean-up activity

This year, June 3 was designated as the special day, with a total of 37 persons from our company, including staff member’s families, engaged in the activity. The day of the event was a bit cloudy, and a perfect opportunity to clean the seashore. Approximately 150 people, including members of the conservation association, many volunteers and groups of children, picked up waste such as wood that had drifted ashore, PET bottles, styrene foam, and other resin items, as well as metal items. Although June and July are the season when sea turtles lay their eggs, such waste prevents the turtles from coming ashore. Especially after heavy rains during the rainy season and typhoons, many objects are carried from the upper reaches of the river to the shore. Although pieces of wood that have drifted to the seashore are just natural objects, they are a formidable enemy for sea turtles trying to crawl ashore.

Group photograph to commemorate the event

▲Group photograph to commemorate the event

With the weather gradually getting hotter and hotter, the participants continued cleaning up for about an hour, collecting waste equal to about two truckfuls. Sweating, the participants were offered cold beverages by our company. This was followed by an environmental seminar delivered by a professor from Mie University on the ecology of dolphins and whales. A wide variety of lectures are held every month as part of the clean-up activity. The professor spoke in an easy-to-understand manner so that many children participating could understand the lecture. This was very good for the fathers of family members participating, like me.

When our company first participated in this clean-up effort two years ago, it was confirmed that loggerhead turtles laid their eggs for the first time in seven years, but unfortunately, no such confirmation has been made since then. However, in the hope that loggerhead turtles will return again to the seashore of Yokkaichi City to lay their eggs, we’d like to continue this activity together with the local residents.

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd. was established in 1917 as a company to manufacture electric wires. Based on our technologies developed through the manufacture of electric wires, we manufacture wiring harnesses for automobiles and a wide variety of related products in more than 30 countries around the world. The word “connection” presents not only our products’ function, but also the concept we emphasize. Highly valuing all forms of connections with the environment, local communities, the world, and among people, we would like to establish relationships of trust.
Website of Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.  http://www.sws.co.jp/en/