April 12, 2016 10:00 AM
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.