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.
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