April 2016

April 12, 2016 10:30 AM

Participation in Volunteer Activity for Restoration from the Great East Japan Earthquake - Part2

Hello again! I am Okazaki of the Human Resources & General Administration Group, Hitachi Area of J-Power Systems Corporation (JPS). I would like to continue my report on our participation in the volunteer activities.

On the second day, at the Minamisoma Municipal Disaster Reconstruction and Restoration Volunteer Center in Fukushima Prefecture, about 30 people, including us, again participated in volunteer activities.

There were two requests that day, and we cut down trees in gardens and cleaned up, as we had done on the previous day. We needed to cut down several trees with diameters from 30 to 100 centimeters. However, since we had not received any specific training in using chainsaws, we cut down branches from fallen trees and carried them to a disposal place. Some trees were more than 10 meters tall, so we kept close communication with those around us to ensure safety.

In the area where we worked this time, decontamination was underway, making us recognize once again that it will take a lot more time before the restoration is complete. Hitachi City in Ibaraki Prefecture, where we live, actually suffered damage from the earthquake and tsunami, too, and received warm support from many people. To return the favor as much as possible, I would like to continue joining volunteer activities like this.

A group photo of participants in front of  Minamisoma Municipal Disaster Reconstruction and Restoration Volunteer Center

A group photo of participants in front of Minamisoma Municipal Disaster Reconstruction
and Restoration Volunteer Center

J-Power Systems Corporation

J-Power Systems Corporation
J-Power Systems Corporation (JPS), headquartered in Tokyo, was established in July 2001, and in April 2014 became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. The company offers comprehensive services from research, development, design, manufacturing, and sales to installation of electric power cables, overhead power transmission lines, and their related systems. Through these business activities, JPS supports a stable and environment-friendly power supply for an advanced energy society. The company will continue to strive to become a world top-class cable manufacturer that contributes to the protection of nature and the creation of a comfortable society.

April 12, 2016 10:00 AM

Participation in Volunteer Activity for Restoration from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Hello! I am Okazaki of Hitachi Human Resources & General Administration Group of J-Power Systems Corporation (JPS).

For two days on October 1 and October 2, 2015, 17 staff members - those newly employed in the Hitachi Area and their instructors - participated in volunteer activities for restoring Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture from the Great East Japan Earthquake, as part of the training program for new employees.

Such volunteer activities are conducted in areas where preparation is underway to lift evacuation directives (i.e. areas where it has been confirmed that the annual accumulated dosage is 20 mSv or less). The Minamisoma Municipal Disaster Reconstruction and Restoration Volunteer Center draws about 200 volunteers from across Japan every week, accommodating various requests from residents, such as cutting down trees and mowing weeds in their gardens and cleaning up their houses.

On October 1, about 30 people, including us, engaged in volunteer activities. We cut down trees and mowed weeds in gardens, and dismantled plastic greenhouses. Being unfamiliar with such work, confusion sometimes arose, but we worked very hard with our first priority on safety. After the work was completed, local residents gave us appreciative words in tears, making us realize the significance of our volunteer activities once again. Not only new employees, but the other members too spent significant moments like these.

Participation in Volunteer Activity for Restoration from the Great East Japan Earthquake
Participation in Volunteer Activity for Restoration from the Great East Japan Earthquake

April 12, 2016 9:30 AM

Participation in Reed-Cutting on Lake Biwa!

Go-anzen ni (Maintain safety)!
I am Isomichi of the Itami Sales Branch, SEI Business Creates Inc.

On Sunday, January 31, I was invited by Mr. Maeda and Mr. Fujimoto, senior employees at my workplace, to join the campaign of cutting down reeds on Lake Biwa, held in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture.

Sumitomo Electric, which served as a special sponsor for the 71st Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, held on Sunday, March 6, actively participates in environmental preservation activities for the lake, including the reed-cutting campaign. Although the reed field was very wide, almost all the plants were quickly cut down by the approximately 500 participants present, making the field very clean again.

Participation in Reed-Cutting on Lake Biwa!
Participation in Reed-Cutting on Lake Biwa!

I hear that some of the cut reeds were used as torches in a ceremony in March to pray for safety at the start of the lake's sightseeing season. Meanwhile, the fields are left to dry for a while after the reeds have been cut, and then burned off. I hear that this means other weeds' seeds and disease germs are also burned, which helps new reeds to sprout in spring and leads to the regeneration of very large fields of reeds.

Mr.Maeda (left) and Mr. Fujimoto (right)

Mr.Maeda (left) and Mr. Fujimoto (right)

It has been said since long ago that reeds function to clean the water. My participation in the reed-cutting campaign this time served as a good opportunity for me to learn more about reeds and water sources. Some water from Lake Biwa flows into the Yodo River, and the water is used as a valuable resource by those living along the river. I feel that it is significant that not only residents living around Lake Biwa, but also that so many others benefitting from the lake are engaged in environmental preservation activities.

If there is another opportunity to participate in such an environmental activity, I want to volunteer for it again.
Why don't you participate in such activities too?