Supporting education & training

August 25, 2016 9:00 AM

Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors - Part 2

Hello! I'm Takeuchi of the University of Tsukuba. Last autumn, we started working on a human resource development project in cooperation with the Agri-Science Department of Sumitomo Electric. Generally speaking, the main focus of industry-university cooperation is on joint research or technology transfer. As a new effort, however, we tried human resource development in the style of project-based learning (PBL). Participants in this project, most of whom were graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, were from a truly wide variety of fields.

Racking their brains with an interdisciplinary approach, the participants worked on the challenge given by Sumitomo Electric. What was desired in this program was for a group of human resources from different fields to conceive unexpected ideas. Moreover, as a member of the faculty, I hope that participants will find something new and achieve growth through cooperation with a company. How have their views about society and occupations changed after working with Sumitomo Electric, facing social (industrial) problems, and engaging in in-depth discussions with members from different fields? I truly look forward to knowing the answer.

Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors
Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors

Below are some comments from participants after the completion of the project.

Hiroyuki Yanagisawa (Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 3rd year, Doctoral Program)
Although I was overwhelmed at first by the often too lively discussions, I was able to train myself to create ideas through the various activities carried out each time. Thanks to the cooperation with members from different fields, I've obtained many new perspectives.

Hiroshi Yoshino (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 5th year, Five-Year Doctoral Program)
The project has made me truly realize that logical thinking developed through research activities is considerably useful, even in the world of business, and that interaction between doctoral-level students from different fields leads to the creation of high-level and diverse innovation.

*The affiliations are those at the time the comments were provided.

We would like to continue to consider how to use the unique views and thinking abilities of young human resources expected to become doctors for the benefit of society (and the world of business). We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the invaluable opportunity of working with Sumitomo Electric.

August 23, 2016 9:00 AM

Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors - Part 1

Hello! I'm Baba of the Agri-Science Department. Let me introduce Sumitomo Electric's joint effort with the University of Tsukuba to support the career development of young human resources expected to become doctors.

From October 2015 to February 2016, we carried out a joint project in cooperation with the University of Tsukuba's Global Leader Career Development Network*. In this project, together with young human resources expected to become doctors, we worked on the marketing and branding of agriculture-related business. Although the main purpose of this effort was to provide support for the career development of such human resources through an internship program, it also served as a good opportunity for us to review some of our new, ongoing projects from a wide variety of perspectives. Serving as the instructor for this project was Professor Atsushi Kogoma from SANNO Institute of Management.

Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors
Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors

At the report meeting held on February 18, project participants gave presentations to 30 employees of Sumitomo Electric about what they had considered, which was followed by a very lively Q & A session. Expertise in linguistics, physics, chemistry, biology, and the arts, the participants had a number of unique points of view, leading to many new discoveries. The report meeting concluded with the presentation of project completion certificates to the participants.

In the next article, I'll introduce some of the comments from the participants in this project. I sincerely hope that all participants will take advantage of their experience of working together with Sumitomo Electric and fully demonstrate their capabilities in the future.

*University of Tsukuba's Global Leader Career Development Network
The network has been established for the purpose of providing support for the career development of young human resources of the University of Tsukuba who are expected to become doctors. Designed mainly for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, the network provides global leader career development seminars (education/training programs), and opportunities to participate in long-term internship programs.

September 12, 2014 9:15 AM

Students from a Prefectural School in Hiroshima Visit Us!

Hello, everyone. I am Iguchi of Tokyo HR Group, Human Resources Department, HR & Administration Division.

On August 1, 42 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. In Hiroshima, the Prefectural Board of Education designates several high schools as "Top Leader High School," aiming to develop and produce the next-generation top leaders with high aims. Accordingly, the program is designed for students of the designated high schools to establish independent study habits and adopt a more ambitious attitude toward the realization of high-level 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 three years ago.

On the day of their visit, the students first listened to a presentation on our business and manufacturing. They also observed actual items among our products, such as a superconducting cable without any electric resistance, which is currently receiving attention as an ultimate material for electric wires and cables, and an optical fiber cable, which supports broadband networks. The students seemed very interested in our technology, which is deeply connected with people’s daily lives and society.

Since the theme of their visit to us this year was “Future Dream,” we asked the students what they wanted to be in the future. They described a wide variety of dreams, such as becoming a doctor, working at an airline company, and working as an engineer (I’m happy with this answer!). This was followed by a game in which they experienced business from the viewpoint of a manufacturer. Divided into teams of five or six students, they made designated products out of paper and then tried to sell them. The teams competed against one another in sales. Each team needed to think about the structures of material procurement and mass production. All the students were ambitious enough to try various strategies in this game, generating a very exciting atmosphere.

The visit concluded with messages from Mr. Kensuke Takezawa, who is an employee of Sumitomo Electric and a member of our athletics club. Looking back on his high school days, he told the students that he had made great efforts to realize his dream of going on to university and competing in the Hakone Ekiden (long-distance relay race). He encouraged the students to realize their dreams by working hard without forgetting the importance of “well-planned preparation” and “continuance.”

We hope that what the students experienced in their visit with us will serve as a good opportunity for them to consider their future careers. We support their bright future!

August 25, 2014 3:50 PM

SHC Receives Internship Students

Hello, everybody. I'm Fujita of SHC Co., Ltd.

Four years ago, we began to receive internship students from Toyama Prefectural Takaoka Kogei High School. The high school teaches mainly industrial and arts-related subjects. This year, for three days from July 2, two second-year students from the machinery department and the electronic machinery department experienced working at SHC.

In the first half of the internship program, the students tried deburring* air springs used for railway vehicles, such as the Bullet Train, while in the second half, they inspected the performance of rubber coated cloth used as a material for these products. The students engaged in all their allotted tasks with complete seriousness. The internship program seemed to help them understand that in order to ensure safety for the many railroad users, the manufacture of defective items is never allowed, and that in order to meet the designated standard, each staff member works on their own individual tasks with a sense of responsibility.

We hope that what they have learned through the internship program will be useful for their future school life, and help them when they decide their future careers.

*Deburring: Smoothing rough edges or ridges generated on a processed surface when the relevant item is shaven

SHC Co., Ltd.

SHC Co., Ltd.
Headquartered in Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture, SHC Co., Ltd. manufactures a wide variety of rubber coated cloth products, such as air springs for vehicles, including the Bullet Train, industrial air springs used for industrial machinery and precision equipment, and inflatable rubber dams for installation in rivers.

August 25, 2014 3:10 PM

SDV Cooperates for an Internship Program

Hello, everyone. I am Nakanishi of SD Vietnam Industries (SDV).

At the request of Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan, we cooperated on one of the university’s internship programs and received a student from the university in March. To keep pace with the globalization of companies, the university works hard on developing human resources who can demonstrate their capabilities through all of Asia. As part of such efforts, the internship program this time is designed to provide an opportunity for students who would like to work overseas in the future to understand the actual situation of Japanese companies developing business in foreign countries, and to consider the significance of working as a member of global society, thereby enhancing their motivation for working outside Japan. Approving that objective, we received a student from the university for the first time.

An internship program student

▲An internship program student

In the two-week internship program, the student worked in all phases of the wiring harness manufacturing process, and also tried some paperwork, such as designs and estimates. He said that he had never worked at a plant or experienced an environment where there were very few Japanese around him. As might be expected of a student wishing to participate in an internship program held overseas, however, he soon got along well with his Vietnamese staff members and worked very hard.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese staff members were also active in training him beyond the language barrier. They probably felt pleased and honored that a Japanese university student came to their country in order to receive training at their company. On the final day of the internship program, the student was interviewed about his impressions of the program and his experiences during his stay in Vietnam. The interview was published on the front page of our in-house newsletter Ngay Moi, I believe which helped all the staff members understand the significance of the internship program. Moreover, knowing that the internship program was reported by a Japanese newspaper, the staff members of the department to which the student was assigned were very pleased. It seems that receiving the internship student was a good stimulus for us.

We would like to continue cooperating with these internship programs, and thereby contribute to society.

SD Vietnam Industries, Ltd.

SD Vietnam Industries, Ltd.
Established in 2003 in Hanoi, SD Vietnam Industries is funded by Sumiden Shoji Co., Ltd., Onamba Co., Ltd., and Bessho Densen K.K. The company manufactures wiring harnesses (for air conditioners and construction machines).

April 30, 2014 1:25 PM

Preschool Preparation Class Held for Foreign Children Living in Komaki

Hello. I’m Minako Suzuki of the CSR/Corporate Citizenship Office at Tokai Rubber Industries. I feel that until quite recently I appreciated cherry blossoms in full bloom, but now I enjoy cozy early summer weather.

Children listening attentively to volunteers reading aloud a picture book

▲Children listening attentively to volunteers reading aloud a picture book

Today, I’d like to introduce a preschool preparation class for foreign children who live in Komaki, Aichi, and will soon be enrolled in elementary school. This program is designed for such children to adapt to Japanese school life as early as possible, by helping them to acquire the Japanese reading and writing skills necessary for school life and to understand the basic rules to be followed at school.

This program is provided with the cooperation of Komaki International Association and Tokai Rubber Industries, a member company of the Sumitomo Electric Group, with the aim of developing young people in the area where the company’s head office and Komaki Plant are located. Held right before the school enrolment season, the program marked its 4th anniversary this year.

Due to a lack of Japanese proficiency, many foreign children cannot follow classes, leading some such children to refuse to go to school. In this regard, it is necessary to offer detailed care and attention so that they can adapt to Japanese school life smoothly. Prior to the program, volunteer citizens had participated in an instructor training course held from summer to winter. As preparation for the program, they had learned appropriate instruction methods and tips on creating useful class materials.

Children learning hard with their eyes shining

▲Children learning hard with their eyes shining

At this year’s program, on Saturdays from January to March, a total of 31 children from seven countries, such as Brazil, the Philippines and Peru, participated in nine to ten classes provided by a total of 18 instructors at nursery schools and other facilities in the city. Using books or posters that they had made on their own for class, the instructors gave the children very careful instruction. On top of learning hiragana pronunciations, the stroke order when writing hiragana, and how to read a clock, the children enjoyed listening to instructors reading picture books out loud. The classroom was always filled with the smiles of children who could hardly wait for the start of their school lives.

Child receiving a certificate of completion at the “graduation” ceremony. It seems that the children have all become somewhat stronger.

▲Child receiving a certificate of completion at the “graduation” ceremony. It seems that the children have all become somewhat stronger.

Meanwhile, I hear that children who “graduated” from this program have adapted to their school lives, studying hard and playing energetically every day. I also hear that their parents are happy that thanks to the program, the children converse in Japanese more frequently than before and that they have made a lot of friends. We would like to continue this program, which will make many more children smile, and contribute to making their school lives more cheerful, and ensuring their sound growth.

Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.

Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (headquartered in Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture) will celebrate its 85th anniversary in December 2014. Based on high-polymer rubber compounding technology, the company manufactures and sells automobile parts including anti-vibration rubbers, in which the company boasts the world’s top share, as well as general industry items, including precision parts for IT equipment and high-pressure hoses for construction equipment. Recently the company has been expanding its business portfolio into the fields of earthquake countermeasure equipment, heat insulating window films, and long-term care support goods for elderly people. Utilizing its network covering 102 bases in 24 countries around the world, the company aims to secure a stable supply of high quality products all over the world, thereby realizing its mission as Global Excellent Manufacturing Company.

December 16, 2013 2:22 PM

Lecture at Kagakukan-Daisuki-Club

Hello, I’m Okuda, a Senior Assistant Manager of Analysis Technology Research Center at Sumitomo Electric in Osaka, Japan.

On Sunday, October 20 at the Osaka Science Museum, I had an opportunity to introduce part of Sumitomo Electric’s research activities to members of the Kagakukan-Daisuki-Club*1 (KDC), a citizen’s group consisting of junior/senior high school and university students and working adults who study science at the museum. This lecture drew approximately 20 persons, including students from Osaka City Higashi Senior High School, which is designated as a super science high school (SSH*2).

Prior to the lecture, I was asked by the event organizer to ensure that the lecture would serve as an opportunity for young people with an interest in science to know that there were future careers in which they could continue what they liked doing. In this regard, I spoke from the perspective of how useful school science classes were for actual manufacturing.

On the day of the event, I described the history and business activities of Sumitomo Electric, and explained about the development of superconductive materials and magnesium alloys, as well as about the analysis jobs available at my organization, the Analysis Technology Research Center. Some audience members asked me specific questions concerning our development challenges, indicating that they had listened to me very attentively. I hope that the lecture will encourage participating students to consider their future careers.

Following the lecture, I visited the Osaka Science Museum’s exhibition section regarding the science history of Osaka, which included an explanation of the history of Sumitomo’s copper rolling business. At other sections, I was able to actually touch the exhibited items and try various experiments, making the museum tour very interesting and fun. Why not visit the Osaka Science Museum one day?

*1: The Kagakukan-Daisuki-Club holds monthly meetings, where members can listen to lectures from researchers, such as university professors, carry out experiments using easily obtained items, and make handicrafts. In addition, when an event is held at the Osaka Science Museum, they demonstrate simple experiments using handmade tools so that visitors to the museum will become more familiar with science.

*2: Super science high school (SSH) is designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a high school with an emphasis on the teaching of technologies, science, and mathematics.

♪ Related link:Web site of the Kagakukan-Daisuki-Club

November 25, 2013 8:51 AM

United Way Day of Caring

Hi this is Alyssa Holster, an intern with the General Affairs Department at Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (SEWS), located in United States.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 was the United Way of Southern Kentucky’s fifth annual Day of Caring.

This year, the Bowling Green Administrative Office signed up for a classroom supply drive benefitting Briarwood Elementary’ s English as a Second Language students. Many of these students do not have access to school supplies prior to the beginning of school. SEWS was able to donate 4 large boxes of school supplies.

“We have many parents that struggle to pay their monthly expenses so if we can help with any school supplies or needs they may need it just helps the parents not worry that at school they will get behind because they could not afford something for school. We really appreciate your caring for our families!” said Janice Lockwood, Family Resource Coordinator at Briarwood Elementary.

More than 800 volunteers from over 64 companies throughout Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties participated to complete more than 60 projects. The United Way organizes this Day of Caring to give people a look inside the life of being a volunteer in the community and numerous organizations across South Central Kentucky commit to an activity that makes something in their community better.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.
Established in 1986 in the United States. Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. manufactures and sells automotive wiring harnesses, electronics equipment, electronic units, connectors, and harness parts. The company has about 13,000 employees. SEWS has more than 20 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. Website 

October 24, 2013 6:55 PM

Commended by the Thai Education Minister for the Dual Vocational Training Program

Hello, readers! I am Yunoki of Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (SEST).

Although it is hot throughout the year in Thailand, the climate around this time of year is more moderate than the intense heat of late summer in Japan. I hope that you all take good care of yourselves.

▲ From left: myself, Mr. Chaturon Chaisang (Minister of Education), and an instructor from Bangpakong Vocational College

In May 2010, SEST began to work on Dual Vocational Training (DVT), a program endorsed by the government of Thailand, in cooperation with its neighboring Bangpakong Vocational College. Under the DVT, private companies with the latest equipment play a major role in helping young people in Thailand obtain high-level technological knowledge and skills through on-the-job training (OJT) and other efforts as part of their school education. Engaged in the program are 421 vocational schools throughout Thailand and even more private companies. Recently, SEST was selected from among many participating companies as one of the 63 companies that have made a considerable contribution to this program. On August 19, SEST was commended by the Thai Minister of Education.

▲From left: Ms. Jiraporn (manager of the SEST administration department), myself, Mr. Chaloempon Jittipasata (director of Bangpakong College), Mr. Chawalit Lampongm (deputy director of Bangpakong College), and Mr. Teerapong Watayotha (from the DVT team leader project)

Mainly for financially disadvantaged students who go to Bangpakong Vocational College, SEST provides a two-week DVT program every month, in which students can receive not only skills training and English education, but also a lecture on the Sumitomo Business Spirit. Moreover, SEST annually invites these students’ families and the vocational college’s professors to the company so that they can understand more about the company, and provides them with an in-depth explanation on the contents of the program. We are proud that on such occasions, many of the families and school instructors have expressed their appreciation to the company.

We are always struck by the way that such students, who are as old as our own children, work very hard to acquire various skills through our program. I sometimes enjoy chatting with them over tea, which is a good way of having a fun break time.

▲ Student participating in the training

▲ Observing the training

Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Established in 1996 as a manufacturing and sales company for sintered components, Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is an affiliated company belonging to the sintered parts group of the Sumitomo Electric Group. The company will celebrate its 17th anniversary this year. Having overcome various difficulties, such as the Asian currency crisis that hit the company immediately after it began operations, the economic confusion triggered by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and the Thai flooding in 2011, the company continues expanding its sales. Currently employing more than 600 staff members, the company has grown into a major production base with one of the largest plants of all the factories that the sintered parts group has outside Japan.

April 26, 2013 5:59 PM

SEI Group CSR Foundation Holds Party for Scholarship Students

Hello! I’m Ikeda of the secretariat of the SEI Group CSR Foundation(*).

The SEI Group CSR Foundation provides scholarships for international students studying in Japan. In FY 2012, we granted scholarships to 16 students. The other day, inviting four such scholarship students who recently completed their masters programs at the end of March, we held a party to celebrate their two years of hard work and asked them about their research results and future aspirations.

All four are students in science-related majors. What impressed us most was that, although they came from China or Taiwan, they spoke Japanese fluently and explained their research activities passionately. Prior to the party, we showed them around Sumitomo Yuho-en garden in Kyoto, although it was a little bit early to enjoy cherry blossoms. At the party, they also said that they were moved by the beauty of the garden.

Although the four students all had made different career choices, we would be very happy if they utilize what they have learned in Japan and contribute to society.

(*) SEI Group CSR Foundation
The foundation was established in April 2009 for the purposes of contributing to developing human resources and promoting academic activities in various fields both in Japan and overseas. The foundation was certified as a public service corporation in February 2010.
Website:SEI Group CSR Foundation Website

December 17, 2012 7:06 PM

We have received two foreign students for internship!

“Selamat pagi”
With these greetings, the morning begins.

I’m sorry for not introducing myself sooner. I’m Higuchi from Recruitment Group, Human Resources Department, HR & Administration Division.

I’m sure that many of you have often heard of internship programs. Put simply, they give students the opportunity to gain work experience. As part of our social contributions, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. has for many years offered placements to more than 10 students every year mainly in our research-related groups. On top of that, we have now decided to provide internship opportunities for foreign students too. This year, we received two foreign students in the Human Resources Dept. - one from Indonesia and the other from Pakistan.

Internship students

▲Internship students

The internship program was held for two weeks from August 27, on the theme of preparing PowerPoint documents to help job-hunting students understand our broad range of business activities. The program began with an overview of our company, followed by vigorous efforts to collect the necessary information, including conversations on the situation in each of our businesses, visits to our plants, interviews with our foreign staff, and a look at our training system. Meanwhile, as the host organization, we were also quite busy preparing for the program, partly because we were not used to receiving foreign students. We needed to ensure that pork-free dishes were available for lunch at our cafeteria. We also needed to make arrangements at short notice to ensure that alcohol would not be served at the get-together. Although they were regarded as adults in their own countries, they were regarded as minors in Japan. Moreover, although people say that globalization is in progress, there are few opportunities in Japan to use English on a daily basis. We were able to learn a lot by communicating with the two students, who were better at English than at Japanese.

They used the PowerPoint documents that they made in accordance with the theme to give their presentation. They performed magnificently; firstly their presentation skills were superb and attracted the audience strongly, and secondly their design was excellent. I later found that both of them had attended lectures on design and presentation at their universities. This served as the base for their outstanding presentation.

This noteworthy internship program ended after two weeks. The two students commented that although the program was very useful and helped them improve their Japanese proficiency, they were sorry that the period was so short. I sincerely hope that they will continue to grow and develop.

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.

March 28, 2012 4:40 PM

Training cooperation on Planning Support for the Introduction of Solar Power

Study tour of premises equipment

▲ Study tour of premises equipment

My name is Kubota, and I am in charge of the Solar Power Generation Project at Nissin Electric Co., Ltd.

Upon request by the Pacific Resource Exchange Center (PREX), our company has cooperated with “Training on Planning Support for the Introduction of Solar Power,” one of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s various support activities for developing countries. In line with this, 17 trainees from 14 Asian and African countries visited Nissin Electric’s head office in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, on February 13.

That day, after attending lectures on photovoltaic power generation systems and power conditioners, the trainees, shivering from the cold, went on a study tour of equipment and products on the premises. In the Q&A session, the trainees enthusiastically asked questions that made me feel their passion. I’ll be truly happy if they can make use of what they learned in this training in their future efforts.

Nissin Electric will continue its active commitment to international contributions through activities like this.

♪ Related link:
Pacific Resource Exchange Center (PREX)
International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Nisshin Electric Co., Ltd.

Nisshin Electric Co., Ltd.
Nisshin Electric is an electric machinery and apparatus manufacturer specializing in various electrical products so that everyone can lead a comfortable and smooth daily life. Specifically, we manufacture and sell electric power equipment (receiving and transforming facilities and phase modifying equipment), control systems, and charged particle beam-orientation equipment for such facilities as electric power companies, industrial buildings & factories, expressways, and water treatment plants. More recently, we have also put efforts into development and delivery of photovoltaic power generation systems. Nisshin Electric’s official website:

February 6, 2012 5:45 PM

Inviting High School Students on a Factory Tour

Observing the manufacturing process

▲ Observing the manufacturing process

Hello, everyone. I am Takahashi; I work for the Hard Materials Development Department of Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal Corporation.

On December 22, 2011, we hosted a factory tour for five students and their teacher, Mr. Yahagi, from Osaka Prefectural Sumiyoshi High School.

The school has been designated a Super Science High School (SSH) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and they have been working on chemical vapor deposition of diamond as an SSH research theme. In April last year, we received an inquiry from Mr. Yoshii, a member of the research team, via our website. As a company manufacturing and selling synthetic diamonds, we were pleased to be able to make a contribution to high school science education. This is how our relationship started.

In addition to exchanging e-mails with them, in September I gave a lecture on diamond synthesis at the high school to assist their research activities. We thought it would be difficult for high school students to synthesize diamond, given their constraints in terms of time and equipment. However, they tackled the challenge aggressively, and succeeded!

Having heard that their SSH project was reaching the final phase, we decided to provide them with an opportunity to observe the production facilities at our plants located on the premises of Sumitomo Electric’s Itami Works. This was an exceptional event; ordinary visitors are normally not allowed to enter the plant. On the occasion of the factory tour, the students in turn gave a presentation on their research results, followed by an active question and answer session. They asked many pertinent questions, which indicates how hard they had worked on their diamond synthesis experiments.

The exchanges with these highly-motivated students who are determined to pursue science reminded us of our own high school days, refreshed our minds and further motivated us to carry on our research and development activities.

We wish them every success in all their future endeavors.

Commemorative photo of all participants

▲ Commemorative photo of all participants

♪ Related Link: Osaka Prefectural Sumiyoshi High School Website (Japanese)

Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal Corporation

Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal Corporation
In April 2003, Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal Corp. was established as a manufacturer specializing in cutting tools. Exercising its agility and adaptability, the Company has since begun to offer unique products and excellent services to customers in Japan and around the world. Its core products include cutting tools, such as the cemented carbide tool “IGETALLOY” and the sintered cubic boron nitride (CBN) tool “SUMIBORON,” and optical parts for laser beam machines. Currently, Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal engages in product development and manufacturing, while the Hardmetal Division of Sumitomo Electric takes charge of product planning and marketing for domestic and overseas markets.

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December 14, 2011 1:05 PM

Inviting Junior High School Student to Our Work Site

Dear All, my name is Venus and I work for Sumitomo Electric International (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (SEIS).

SEIS started its CSR activities last year. As part of the activities, we invite Japanese junior high school students to our company for one-day occupational experience. This gives the students practical experience of working at a company.

On October 27th, a 14 years old student arrived at our company at 9 o’clock in the morning. After a short orientation about the company’s business operations and a brief overview of what each department does, he was assigned to the Accounting Department, where I work. First, our boss explained major accounting terms and duties of our department. Then, my two colleagues and I gave him practical guidance in turn. We showed him our daily tasks such as data entry using accounting software, dealing with checks and telegraphic transfers, and issuance of receipts and payment vouchers. As each of us used different types of accounting software, he could learn three different ways to do similar work.

Eight hours were too short to see everything at our work site, however, we hope he enjoyed the working experience and gained some knowledge on accounting terms and skills. I also hope that his memory at our company will last long with the happy photos taken at the end of the program with us, the three “o-nee-san” (big sisters in Japanese) who enjoyed this CSR activity.

We enjoyed working with him!

▲ We enjoyed working with him!

 We took a photo in front of SEIS entrance.

▲ We took a photo in front of SEIS entrance.

Sumitomo Electric International (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Sumitomo Electric International (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (SEIS)
SEIS is charged with providing Sumitomo Electric Group companies located in Southeast Asia with support and instruction regarding financial duties, international purchasing, logistics, information systems, personnel management and international legal affairs. (Photo:Exterior view of the building in which SEIS is located)

September 12, 2011 11:50 AM

Hands-on Manufacturing Class for Junior High School Students

Beigoma (traditional Japanese spinning tops)

▲ Beigoma (traditional Japanese spinning tops)

Hello, I am Takaishi, of the HR & Administration Group, Itami Works.

Every summer vacation, Itami Works holds a hands-on manufacturing class for junior high school students, under the title “Beigoma Championship,” in order to promote interest in manufacturing among children, who will play leading roles in the future. At this year’s third annual event, 20 students from Itami Municipal Itamikita Junior High School participated.

In the Beigoma Championship, participating students are divided into several teams, each of which will create a beigoma (traditional Japanese spinning top) out of paper in small, medium and large sizes, matchsticks and toothpicks. Respective teams compete with one another to see whose beigoma can spin the longest. The greatest objective of the class is to provide individual students with opportunities to consider, through trial and error, how they can prolong the beigoma’s rotation time, which can easily interest junior high school students. Accordingly, the competition results don’t matter much.

In this year’s class, students were grouped into four teams. Each team’s members had one hour in which to work together to create a beigoma that they believed to be the best. Through such manufacturing processes, the class was intended to impart upon students the joy of creating something, the importance of improvement, the significance of analyzing results and devising countermeasures, the spirit of competing as a team, and the knack of collaboration. If participating students were able to learn these matters in any way, we would be extremely happy as the organizers of the class.

We are planning to continue this hands-on manufacturing class next year and onward, while adding further improvements.

Hands-on Manufacturing Class1
Hands-on Manufacturing Class2