Cleanup activity

May 28, 2015 8:55 AM

We Participated in Akasaka-Aoyama Cleanup Campaign!

Go-anzenni (Maintain safety)! I'm Tokita of the Tokyo Office of Sumiden Friend, Ltd.

Members of the Tokyo Office of Sumiden Friend, Ltd.

▲ Members of the Tokyo Office of Sumiden Friend, Ltd.

It has been one year since the Tokyo Office of Sumiden Friend, Ltd. was opened in May 2014 at the Tokyo Head Office of Sumitomo Electric. Time really flies!
Since this is the first time for us to do business with other than Sumitomo Electric's Works, we first did various new things in a trial and error manner. The first thing we worked on was the main business of Sumiden Friend, namely greenery business (installation and maintenance of ornamental plants). For this one year, we have been steadily expanding the range of our businesses, including cleanup of meeting rooms on each floor of the head office.

Meanwhile, since the opening of our Tokyo Office, we have been a regular participant in the Akasaka-Aoyama Cleanup Campaign, which is held by Minato Ward, Tokyo, where the Tokyo Head Office is located. We engage in this cleanup campaign together with local residents and companies.
In Akasaka and Aoyama, which I'm sure many people want to visit, we continue picking up garbage conscientiously for about one hour on each occasion. Although it may seem that there is no garbage, we often find a lot of empty cans and cigarette butts under plants in the streets.

Picking up garbage!

▲ Picking up garbage!

Commemorative photo with Akasakamen, Akasaka's goodwill ambassador

▲ Commemorative photo with Akasakamen, Akasaka's goodwill ambassador

While picking up garbage, we can enjoy communicating with other participants, making the event even more significant and valuable. We would like to continue to participate in this activity, aiming for perfect attendance at every occasion of this campaign.

Sumiden Friend, Ltd.

Sumiden Friend, Ltd.
Established in July 2008 (head office: Sumitomo Electric's Itami Works). This is Sumitomo Electric's special affiliate company,* established based on the Sumitomo Electric Group Basic Principles for Social Contribution, in order to make a further contribution to society.
* Subsidiary established by a company for the purpose of employing disabled people, based on the Act on Employment Promotion etc. of Persons with Disabilities. To establish such a company, an authorization from the national government is necessary.

October 8, 2013 11:56 AM

We Participated in Akasaka-Aoyama Cleanup Campaign

Hello, I’m Kanehira of the HR & Administration Div., Tokyo Head Office in Japan.

Recently we took part in the Akasaka-Aoyama Cleanup Campaign, the local cleanup initiative organized by the Akasaka Regional City Office in Tokyo. This was the third time for us to participate in the campaign. This time, we helped clean up the area around Akasaka-Mitsuke Station, where our Tokyo Head Office is located. This is an area where we walk on our daily commutes, making us committed to the cleanup with even more vigor than usual!!

Although we had not been aware of it in our daily commuting, there was garbage in various out-of-sight places, such as under plants. The campaign was held at the end of June and it was rather hot, but all participating members worked very hard and collected much garbage.

The next cleanup campaign will not be held until autumn. Once the campaign is resumed, we would like to continue to participate in it.

I found some garbage!!

▲I found some garbage!! 

 “A lot of garbage is here.” “Yeah...”

▲ “A lot of garbage is here.” “Yeah...”

Here

▲ Here there’s so much garbage thrown away from cars...

Commemorative photo of participating members. Thank you very much for your commitment!

▲ Commemorative photo of participating members. Thank you very much for your commitment!

September 3, 2013 5:51 PM

Participated in Clean-Up Campaign of the Area around the Ebie Mudflats

Hello, readers!! I am Suizu of the Safety & Environment Group of the Osaka Works.

Scorching summer days are continuing and the singing cicadas are becoming louder and louder, making us feel even hotter :-(.
(By the way, I heard that most of the cicadas found in Osaka City are Cryptotympana facialis.) Please take care not to get heatstroke!!

As part of the SWITCH Plus Campaign, we in the Safety & Environment Group of the Osaka Works began engaging in volunteer activities three years ago. This year, on Sunday, June 9, we participated in a clean-up campaign (organized by NPO Gomingo Osaka) for the area around the Ebie mudflats, on the left bank of the Yodo River. The campaign attracted 82 people, five of whom were from Sumitomo Electric.

The target place was located right under the recently opened part of the Yodogawa-Sagansen expressway. Although it was a very muggy day, participants continued picking up garbage in their designated areas silently. Some participants carried away abandoned bicycles, tires and other heavy items, while others found hazardous wastes such as spray cans.

I was very surprised to find that participants included a dozen people from Saudi Arabia on a sightseeing trip in Japan.

In the approximately two-hour activity, 49 bags of waste were collected. I heard that much more waste is generated when it rains, because the waste is carried from upstream. The activity enabled us to feel a sense of achievement of preventing so much waste from flowing into the sea, as well as a sense of completion of heavy work, making the get-together after the activity (among Sumitomo Electric members) even more fun! :-))

If you know anyone you think might be interested in this volunteer activity, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

May 13, 2013 10:47 AM

We participated in Minato City’s Akasaka-Aoyama Cleanup Campaign!

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

Nine staff members from the Tokyo head office took part in the Akasaka-Aoyama Cleanup Campaign organized by the Akasaka Regional City Office on Thursday, April 18, and helped clean up the area around Tokyo Metro Akasaka Station in Minato City. This was the first time for us to participate in Minato City’s local cleanup campaign since our head office was relocated to Motoakasaka from Shibaura.

Under a clear blue sky, a total of 78 people from local residents’ associations and local companies, including us, worked hard to clean up streets and called for no littering and no smoking while walking on sidewalks.

In cooperation with local residents and the Akasaka Regional City Office, we will continue helping to keep our local streets safe and clean. In May, we will work hard to clean up the area around Aoyama 1-Chome Station.

Time for a cleanup!

▲ Time for a cleanup!

Ah, there’s some trash here…

▲ Ah, there’s some trash here…

Sorting out collected trash

▲ Sorting out collected trash

After working hard, we pose for a group photo.

▲After working hard, we pose for a group photo.

February 1, 2013 1:15 PM

Participated in Cleaning Campaign for River in Kumatori Town

Hello, everyone! I’m Mr. Mukoyama of the Planning Section, the Administrative Department of Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer Inc.

On October 20, a cleaning campaign for a river in Kumatori Town was held. We began to participate in the campaign last year.

On the day of the event, under a fresh, clear autumn sky in October, many people from various companies and other organizations in Kumatori joined the campaign. From our company, 11 members participated and began to clean the river at 9 o’clock in the morning. Carrying in our heart the pride of being a member of the Sumitomo Electric Group, we were fully ready to contribute to the campaign!

Clean-up

▲Clean-up activity

The Mide River, which was cleaned in the campaign, originates from the lush green Okuyama-Ameyama Nature Park. Running through Kumatori Town, Izumisano City, and Kaizuka City, and finally reaching Osaka Bay at Nishiki-no-hama, this is a small river with a total length of approximately 12 km. For water quality, it was ignominiously ranked among the five worst rivers in Japan for several successive years. Subsequently, the river was ranked as the worst in Japan in 2007, and the worst in Osaka Prefecture in 2008. However, I hear that the situation is improving through today’s measures regarding water cycle restoration. The cleaning campaign was conducted this time at the upper basin of the Mide River, where industrial waste that was believed to be illegally dumped, rather than domestic waste, was observed. (Even though the situation surrounding the river is improving, I hear that the amount of the waste collected in the campaign amounted to approximately 1 ton!)

While engaging in the campaign, perhaps thanks to the efforts that had been made thus far, we were able to spot frogs and fish. In addition, many Japanese fireflies can now be seen along the Mide River, compared to other places in Kumatori Town. I’m looking forward to observing them in the early spring.

With Jump-kun

▲With Jump kun

At the closing ceremony of the campaign, we took commemorative photographs with Jump-kun, a mascot character for the PR of Kumatori Town. Depicted on the surface of a manhole in Kumatori, Jump-kun is an idol to the people of the town. All the participants in the campaign were really pleased to see the mascot. After the end of the ceremony, all of us returned to our company dormitory and had a barbeque for lunch. We had not participated in a volunteer activity for quite some time. It was especially rewarding to enjoy lunch together after working for other people and our town! Increasing our affection for the town where we work, the campaign served as a very good opportunity to deepen our interactions with other members of our company. We were happy to be able to spend such a significant holiday.

I hear that this campaign will continue to be held every autumn. I’m looking forward to participating in it again!

November 2, 2011 4:50 PM

Hama Road Clean-up by Yokohama Works

Hello, I’m Kato of the Safety & Environment Group of Yokohama Works.

Surrounded by a lush green environment, the Works is located near Shonan Beach and Enoshima Island. On a fine day, we can enjoy a splendid view of Japan’s highest mountain, Mt. Fuji. We’re blessed in our location and environment (where raccoon dogs make occasional appearances).

Hama Road registration board

▲ Hama Road registration board

In June 2000, we started a volunteer activity to clean the area around the Works. With the theme of “Creating an Earth-friendly Environment,” we pick up cigarette butts, empty cans, PET bottles and other trash scattered on the streets in the area around the Works’ vast 400,000 m2 site. The clean-up area is divided into four zones.

When the clean-up activity was held for the first time, about 75 persons participated in it. In 2002, the activity was named as the “Clean-up of the Area around the Works.” In 2008, we registered as a Hama Road Supporter, as a member of a project promoted by Yokohama City. The clean-up activity, held every two months, is established firmly enough to draw about 120 participants every time.

Clean-up activity

▲ Clean-up activity

Hama Road after the clean-up activity

▲ Hama Road after the clean-up activity

In addition to the Hama Road Clean-up, we clean our commuting routes every month from Ofuna Station, the nearest station, to the south gate of the Works. When we’re engaged in the clean-up, some residents in the community say to us, “Thank you very much!” suggesting that our activity has taken root in the community.

Moreover, we buy cookies made at facilities for disabled people, and give the cookies to people participating in the clean-up.

We’d like to actively continue working on environmental beautification, together with people in the community.

Yokohama Works of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

Yokohama Works of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
Located near the border of Yokohama City and Kamakura City, Yokohama Works serves as a base of manufacturing and development of information- and communications-related products. The Works is engaged in manufacturing, research and development of mainly optical fiber cables and optical communication equipment. Employees number about 1,800. This year will mark the 50th anniversary since the Works’ establishment in 1961.

Business Locations of Sumitomo Electric : Yokohama Works

August 1, 2011 1:30 PM

Our Participation in the Minato Ward Clean-up and Smoking Rule Awareness Campaign (around Tamachi Station)!

Hello, I’m Kobayashi from the HR & Administration Department.
 
In this blog, I reported earlier on the Clean-up and Smoking Rule Awareness Campaign, held by the Safety & Beautification Council of Shibaura Konan Area in Minato Ward. The same campaign was finally held in Tamachi, where our Tokyo Head Office is located, on July 6 (Wed)!!

The rainy season had ended and Tokyo was now immersed in the hot summer. However, this day the campaign activity started at 17:00, so we could concentrate on cleaning for about an hour without being affected by the sun too much.

The August clean-up is planned for the Odaiba area. We’ll keep on cleaning!


There’s more trash than it seems.

▲ There’s more trash than it seems.

The area around Shibaura Island is very clean.

▲ The area around Shibaura Island is very clean.


We felt even more motivated around the Tokyo Head Office!

▲ We felt even more motivated around the Tokyo Head Office!

We took a group photo in front of Tamachi Station. Thank you all for your hard work!

▲ We took a group photo in front of Tamachi Station. Thank you all for your hard work!

July 25, 2011 11:10 AM

We Participated in the Ohmi Eco-Foster.

Nice to meet you all! I'm Kishimoto from the Accounting Div. of the Administrative Dept., Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc., in Shigaraki.

In front of the company is the first studio to produce a Shigaraki ceramic featuring the figure of a tanuki (raccoon dog)!

▲ In front of the company is the first studio to produce a Shigaraki ceramic featuring the figure of a tanuki (raccoon dog)!

Shigaraki is renowned for producing Shigaraki ware. Located in the southernmost part of Shiga Prefecture, Shigaraki is a very beautiful town featuring a vast area of lush forests and mountains. This town experiences drastic changes in temperature between winter and summer. The temperature in winter is often below 0°C, and powder snow sometimes falls even in early April. On the other hand, temperatures on recent sweltering days have often exceeded 30°C... (^^;)

Under the fundamental principle of the importance of establishing a sustainable and environmentally-friendly society, Sumitomo Electric Wintec strives to continuously and steadily promote environmental conservation activities from a global viewpoint. Through providing magnet wires and related products, we aim to make a valuable contribution to society.

As part of such efforts, we support the Ohmi Eco-Foster, a project launched by Shiga Prefecture in 2000. Ohmi Eco-Foster is a coined term consisting of "Ohmi," the old name for Shiga; "Eco," representing the environment; and "Foster," indicating growth. In the project, local residents, companies and other participants carry out activities to beautify and conserve the environment surrounding public places. They clean up the designated area as volunteers, with affection and responsibility. The project strives to raise public awareness of the importance of environmental beautification, to prevent the streets from being littered with trash, and to promote local activities with cooperation between Shiga Prefecture and residents, companies and other organizations.

Since August 2003, we've been doing a cleanup once a month, excluding the times we couldn't do so due to rain or snow. Over 10 members participate in each cleanup in turn. In July 2011, we completed our 90th cleanup!

Divided into two groups, the cleanup participants walk about 1 km from the company along National Route 422.

▲ Divided into two groups, the cleanup participants walk about 1 km from the company along National Route 422.

At first glance, the road looks like a perfect complement to the rich and beautiful nature, but actually there's some litter...

▲ At first glance, the road looks like a perfect complement to the rich and beautiful nature, but actually there's some litter...

All the participants are working very hard picking up litter using garbage tongs and bags. So many cigarette butts!

▲ All the participants are working very hard picking up litter using garbage tongs and bags. So many cigarette butts!

On their way back from the pachinko parlor, the participants are carefully checking the road again to pick up any litter that they didn't notice the first time.

▲ On their way back from the pachinko parlor, the participants are carefully checking the road again to pick up any litter that they didn't notice the first time.

Walking down National Route 422 from a parking area near the company to a pachinko parlor located to the east a few hundred meters from the company, participants clean both sides of the road. It's a little tough on scorching summer days and snowy winter days.

Look at this large amount of litter picked up in just about 30 minutes! Let's stop littering!

▲ Look at this large amount of litter picked up in just about 30 minutes! Let's stop littering!

This is the fifth summer since I was transferred to Shigaraki without my family. Compared with the first time I participated in a cleanup, I think there's less litter on the road, although I can't deny the fact that there are still many cigarette butts...(>_<) The participants separate their litter, such as empty cans and PET bottles. The cleanup is concluded by taking a group photo to remember the day.

Next year, it will be 10 years since Sumitomo Electric Wintec was established. As a member of the local community, we will continue to actively work on environmental beautification activities together with people in the community.

 ♪ Website of Ohmi Eco-Foster (Shiga Prefecture) (in Japanese):
 http://www.pref.shiga.jp/d/haikibutsu/ecofoster/

Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc.
In October 2002, Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc. was established after a full merger between Sumitomo Electric's magnet wire business section and two other companies. Since our establishment, we have been fully developing our magnet wire business even in overseas markets, and continuing to grow as one of the world's top comprehensive magnet wire manufacturers both in reputation and quality.
Magnet wire plays an important role in a wide range of fields related to our daily life. Such wire is used as a key component in information-communication equipment, electronic parts for automobiles, industrial motors, household electric appliances, etc.

Website of Sumitomo Electric Wintec, Inc. (in Japanese):  http://www.sei-wintec.com/

June 27, 2011 1:17 PM

We participated in the Minato Ward Clean-up and Smoking Rule Awareness Campaign!

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

On May 18 (Wed), we participated in the Clean-up and Smoking Rule Awareness Campaign, held around the Shinagawa Station Konan Exit area by the Safety & Beautification Council of Shibaura Konan Area, Minato Ward.

The campaign brought together over 60 people from local residents’ associations and businesses. Under a refreshing blue sky in May, participants cleaned the streets and called on pedestrians to stop smoking while walking and to not litter their cigarette butts. Nine people from our company participated in this campaign and worked hard to clean up the streets.

It’s already been two years since the Tokyo Head Office relocated to the Shibaura area. As a company operating in the Shibaura Konan area, we will actively promote community beautification activities, in cooperation with local residents and the Shibaura Konan Area Branch Office.

Let’s clean up the streets!

▲ Let’s clean up the streets!

Oh, look, there’s trash in the shrub!

▲ Oh, look, there’s trash in the shrub!


After cleaning up, we sorted the collected trash into separate bins.

▲ After cleaning up, we sorted the collected trash into separate bins.

At the end, we took a group photo to remember the day. Thank you all for your hard work!

▲ At the end, we took a group photo to remember the day. Thank you all for your hard work!