Supporting the disabled

February 6, 2015 1:15 PM

"SUMITOMO WE CARE ... Love Is Power That Propels Us Forward"

Hello everyone,
We are Mohd. Nazri Othman and C.K. Leong of Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd (SEPM).

SEPM decided to cooperate with the local community via SUMITOMO WE CARE....

This is an integrated program as an exposure to educate and create awareness on volunteerism and charity program to the society, community and young generation towards the people with disabilities. The one month campaign was undertaken in period of November 13 - December 12, 2014.

On November 13, 2014, our thirteen committee members visited Down's Syndrome Society Of Johor (PSDNJ) training centre. We conducted self-care and educational training to Down's Syndrome children and teenagers, as well as carried out "Gotong -royong (Working together)" activity such as cleaning the building yard and toilets, ironing their apparels, performed cooking and some others routine job in order to lighten their burden.

We tried to communicate with them and understand their feelings. It sets a chance for Down's Syndrome individual to develop the self-care responsibility and skill, as well as strengthen their concept of self-worth as an employed person and member of society.

Lastly, we prepared a special video clip named "Say Something(I'm Giving Up On You)" dedicated to all Down's Syndrome children. We shared our true feeling inside the video clip and realized of that they are "LOVING WITHOUT CONDITION."

After visiting PSDNJ training centre, our committee members extended the SUMITOMO WE CARE ... program by promoting a charity fund raising campaign in SEPM in the period of November 14 - December 12, 2014. A special design donation box was provided for all company employees to donate the cash money for promoting the uptake of SUMITOMO WE CARE...

In the end of this program, SEPM Managing Director, Mr. Masao Sakuta presented a cheque for all SEPM employees' donation to the President of Down's Syndrome Society Of Johor (PSDNJ) during the SEPM Annual Dinner event at Berjaya Waterfront Hotel (Johor Bahru) on December 13, 2014.

Among of the significant year, with sheer determination and dedication, SUMITOMO WE CARE... program had successfully enhanced knowledge and experiences amongst SEPM staff and employees in physical, emotional and spiritual in social development.


Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.(SEPM)
SEPM was established at Johor Bahru, Malaysia in 1988. At present, SEPM has 600 workers and currently produces Wires and Flat Cables with state-of-the-art manufacturing process technique and steady quality control, to cater for home appliance and automotive industry in global market. SEPM has obtained many kind of accreditations which facilitates the management system to achieve customer's satisfaction, continual improvement and legal compliance. SEPM has experienced phenomenal growth since our establishment due to the significant expansion in our customer base and continuous support from SEI Japan.

August 27, 2012 6:15 PM

From the Foot of Mt. Fuji...Part 2

Hello! I'm Miyajima from Minami-Hakone Seminar House.
Last year, I wrote about Create Taiyo, a welfare service provider for disabled people. Let me tell you again about the facility.

We exhibit and sell Create Taiyo's items in an area right next to the front gate of the seminar house. After I introduced these items on this website last year, sales almost doubled. We were amazed at how influential the Smile Relay was! As we are engaged in supporting sales of their items, we are happy that many visitors to the seminar house actually purchased them.

And here's more surprising news! Last December, Create Taiyo donated to us an excellent bench they had made themselves as a token of their appreciation. The 135cm-wide bench has now been installed in the area next to the sales section at the seminar house. Many people sit on the bench while waiting for a taxi or just to relax. It is a really comfortable bench!

The donation ceremony was attended by the people who actually made the bench. They read the donation list out loud in unison. They must have practiced reading the list out loud many times. Thank you very much!

Create Taiyo donates a bench to one of their partner organizations every year to commemorate Disabilities Week. In 2011, we had the honor to be selected by them.

Donation ceremony

▲ Donation ceremony

Photograph of staff members of Create Taiyo and the seminar house taken after the donation ceremony☆

▲ Photograph of staff members of Create Taiyo and the seminar house taken after the donation ceremony☆

Under the Basic Act for Persons with Disabilities, Disabilities Week is designated as the week from December 3 to 9 every year (I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know which week...). As indicated on the website of the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan, the basic principles of the Act are as follows: all persons with disabilities shall have the right to be respected for their individual dignity and be assured of a livelihood appropriate to that dignity; all persons with disabilities, as members of society, shall be provided opportunities to participate in all fields, including social, economic, and cultural fields; no one shall be allowed to discriminate against persons with disabilities or act in a way that will infringe their rights and benefits based on their disabilities. In accordance with these principles, Create Taiyo is engaged in outstanding work every day, with consideration given to each person's character. At the seminar house, we will continue to support Create Taiyo!

I have a favor to ask of the Sumitomo Electric Group. If you come to the Minami-Hakone Seminar House, please drop by the sales section for Create Taiyo's items in the area right next to the front gate. They have a wider variety of items with a new line-up. Also, please have a seat on our comfortable bench. We look forward to welcoming you! :-)

June 19, 2012 10:01 AM

Participation in the Family Sports Festival by the Association of Physically Disabled People

Opening ceremony (a player makes the “fair play” oath)

▲ Opening ceremony (a player makes the “fair play” oath)

Greetings! I’m Muraoka, of the HR & Administration Group, Osaka.

Every year, together with staff from our neighboring companies (Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.), I participate in the family sports festival and the mandarin orange picking held by the Association of Physically Disabled People based in Konohana Ward.

Let me tell you about the family sports festival which was held in such fine weather on Sunday, May 13.

The family sports festival, which was held for the 48th time this year, is held every May in the playground of an elementary school in Konohana Ward, in a bid to promote interaction with physically disabled persons and their families, to improve their health through sports, to develop their mental strength and independence, and to create opportunities that will lead to their further participation in society and contribution to their communities.

Fishing-like game

▲ Fishing-like game

This year, approximately 130 people participated in the sports event. Divided into groups of those with limb disorders, those with hearing and speech disorders, those with visual disorders, elementary school students and younger, and guests (other participants), they participated in 18 activities, such as a wheelchair relay, a fishing-like game, and a balloon-breaking game. I was truly impressed that together, everybody enjoyed the games very much.

While supporting the event as a game preparation staff member and photographer, I participated in the race for the bun and the fishing-like game as a member of the guest and staff group. I had a great fun time.

I’ll participate in this event again in the future when time allows. I hope that, while promoting interaction with disabled people and their families, I can be of some help to them.

January 13, 2012 2:50 PM

Sumiden Sizai Kakou volunteers at the table tennis championships for the physically disabled

I am Terasaka; I work for the Administration Department of Sumiden Sizai Kakou Co., Ltd.

This year, through major natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 and Typhoon Talas (No. 12), I was reminded of the importance of family ties. This year I was also cheered by the happy news of Nadeshiko Japan's winning the FIFA Women's World Cup. I sincerely hope that next year will be a good one.

The International Class Division Table Tennis Championships for the Physically Disabled is held every November at Osaka City Maishima Sports Center for Persons with Disabilities. Sumiden Sizai Kakou's Osaka Office does volunteer work for the championships every year, with Sumitomo Electric's Osaka Works and other organizations based in Konohana-ku. The championships, a two-day event, is held with participation of wheelchair players and players with limb impairment from around the country.

The volunteer work includes ensuring that the event runs smoothly, by picking up balls that fall from tables and handing them to players during practice sessions and games; calculating and posting scores, and distributing boxed meals to players. Each year, the volunteer work is done by about 100 people from companies based in Konohana-ku, 5 members from Sumiden Sizai Kakou and 9 members from Sumitomo Electric's Osaka Works.

Through this volunteer work, I am always impressed not only by players' excellent table tennis skills, but also by their great sportsmanship, shown through their passion and commitment to win and their attitude of praising their opponents with applause after games.

Every time I see them playing full out, I feel as if we volunteers were being given a pep talk, like "you are not working hard enough!"


Sumiden Sizai Kakou Co., Ltd.

Sumiden Sizai Kakou Co., Ltd.
The Osaka Office of Sumiden Sizai Kakou Co., Ltd. focuses on recycling business, including recovering discarded electrical wire and recycling coating materials. In the strong belief that environmental conservation efforts with a global perspective should be part of corporate social responsibility, the Company strives to contribute to society by recycling industrial waste and reducing negative environmental impact.

Sumiden Sizai Kakou Co., Ltd.’s website: (Japanese)

October 19, 2011 3:00 PM

A Tour of Tokai Rubber's "San San Delivery Theater " Starts Again This Year

I am Tonari, and I work for the Corporate Citizenship Office at Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.

Last time, I wrote about our forestry volunteer event. This time, let me introduce our "San San Delivery Theater."

Performance at a facility for mentally disabled people

▲ Performance at a facility for mentally disabled people

"San San Delivery Theater" is an event presented by Tokai Rubber with the cooperation of Hito-gumi, a popular theatrical group based in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. This event is held at a facility for mentally disabled people.

Tokai Rubber began this event in 2008, hoping to contribute to more comfortable life of mentally disabled people and their families. In doing so, we provide opportunities for those with mental disabilities, some of whom have few opportunities to go to theaters to watch plays, to directly experience the pleasure and enjoyment of plays, as well as for their families to enjoy the plays together with them without anxiety.

In FY 2008 and FY 2009, "San San Delivery Theater" was held in 10 locations, selected from among general public applicants, in Aichi Prefecture. In FY 2010, the event was organized in nine locations in Aichi Prefecture and one location in Mie Prefecture. This year, we have plans to hold the event in eight locations in Aichi Prefecture, one location in Mie Prefecture, and one location in Shizuoka Prefecture.

On August 23, "San San Delivery Theater" was held in Kaze-no-oka, a support facility for mentally disabled people. This facility is located in Mie Prefecture, home to our Matsusaka Works. Drawing approximately 100 spectators, the event featured a play of an original script based on "Warashibe-choja," a traditional Japanese tale. The performers used things around them as stage props, attracting the spectators' attention up until the very end.

After the performance, some spectators gave the performers presents that they had made, and asked to shake their hands. Others said "Come visit us again" or "Thank you, Tokai Rubber."

Picture sent as a token of thanks

▲ Picture sent as a token of thanks

"San San Delivery Theater" will celebrate its fourth anniversary this year. Each time we organized an event, we found that staff members of a facility where the event was held were surprised that the spectators concentrated on the performance for as long as one hour. I think this is largely due to the excellent skills of Hito-gumi, a theatrical group that has received many awards. Their concentration makes me realize the truth of the words by group leader Mr. Hitoshi Nagata: "The important thing is not to be unnecessarily conscious of spectators' characteristics. A truly good performance is sure to satisfy spectators."

After holding an event at a facility, we often receive a letter of thanks from a staff member of the facility, as well as letters and pictures from the spectators themselves. These letters almost always include a message of "Come and visit us again."

We receive applications for "San San Delivery Theater" from many facilities. However, we organize the event especially at newly established facilities, and cannot hold the event at all the facilities making applications. We feel very sorry about this. To provide opportunities for many more mentally disabled people to appreciate plays, Tokai Rubber will continue being involved with this event.

 ♪ Related link: TRI Attaka Net (in Japanese)

Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.

Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
Tokai Rubber (headquartered in Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture), celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2009. The company supplies industry with rubber products utilizing its composite material technologies and advanced processing technologies, which include not only its core business of auto parts, but also precision parts for office equipment and other industrial materials. The company has expanded its production facilities to eight countries in four core regions of the world, where it aims to maintain uniform quality worldwide and achieve the world's top quality.

Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. website:

September 30, 2011 3:20 PM

From the Foot of Mt. Fuji...

Minami-Hakone Seminar House

▲ Minami-Hakone Seminar House

Hello! I'm Miyajima of Minami-Hakone Seminar House (Sumitomo Electric Group's training facility).

I know this may sound abrupt, but have you ever heard of Kannami-cho? It's the name of a town located in the "root" part of the Izu peninsula. The name can be traced back to its location, to the south of Mt. Hakone; the mountain used to be called "Kan-rei," and "nami" means "south" in Japanese. Minami-Hakone Seminar House ("the House") is established in a health resort area.

Today, I'd like to write about simple but attractive items sold in the House.

About three years ago, we at the House heard that our neighbors had some problems enjoying their right to sunlight, due to our Japanese cypress forest to the south of the House. As a result, we decided to cut down a total of 25 tall, stately cypress trees. Cutting down the trees allowed brilliant sunlight to come into our neighbors' houses, which pleased them very much. However, there was one problem to be solved: what should be done with the felled cypress trees?

When we were at a loss what to do, the gardener who cut down the trees told us of a facility that may be able to use the cypress trees to create products. This was Create Taiyo, a vocational facility in Numazu City for mentally disabled people. As soon as we contacted the facility's director, he visited us, and the deal was done. The felled cypress trees were offered to the facility free of charge, and the gardener was kind enough to deliver the trees to the facility.

Located right near Ashitaka Parking Area of Tomei Expressway, Create Taiyo is a facility where mentally disabled people commute and work. Currently, 24 people aged 20 to 53 are engaged in producing things there every day.

I actually visited the facility and found that they worked at their own pace. Many of them like chatting. They gave me careful explanations on the skills involved in their work and showed me completed items, with shy smiles on their faces. One of them, who used a fretsaw (a saw with a thin and narrow blade used for openwork or to cut curved outlines), demonstrated his excellent skill of cutting according to a pattern. With a bright smile, he said, "I'm good with my fingers." Another staff member was famous for getting even more enthusiastic than usual whenever a guest visited the facility. When I visited the facility, he rounded off the angles with sandpaper very speedily--enough to surprise the other staff members :-). Their earnest commitment gradually began to take the shape of products. Observing their sincere consideration and intangible but excellent efforts, I could not help but praise them.

Working at the facility. They're sitting on chairs they made.

▲ Working at the facility. They're sitting on chairs they made.

Packing Hinoki-no-yu into a bag

▲ Packing Hinoki-no-yu into a bag

The House regularly offers more than 10 varieties of items produced by Create Taiyo. These items are displayed and sold in the area right next to the front gate of the House.

Let me introduce the House's top three selling items☆

The House's top three selling items

▲ The House's top three selling items

In third place is "Magnet"!
Containing three magnets in the shape of a dog, a frog and a whale, this product is very popular. Some people say that they put the magnets on the fridge at home. According to the staff member who was using the fretsaw, when making this product, he pays careful attention to the positions of the eyes of the animals. He says that this is because "each animal has its own facial expression." This is a very impressive comment.

Placed second is "Pencil Holder"!
Featuring an adorable animal pattern and colored pencils, this item gives office workers a moment of comfort during their busy day. Since a natural tree trunk is used, the shape and the number of holes to hold pencils are different among items, enabling each of them to demonstrate its own attractiveness.

Finally, the honor of first place goes to"Hinoki-no-yu"!!
Floated in a bathtub, this product gives you the nice, subtle aroma of Japanese cypress, making you feel as if you were in a hot spring! The scent has the medicinal efficacy of healing and stabilizing one's mental state. One of the great things about the product is that they can be used many times if they are hung up and dried after being used. Furthermore, since cypress wood has antibacterial and insect-repellent efficacy, it is good to put this product in your wardrobe. Actually, Hinoki-no-yu is made from cypress wood offcuts generated in the production of other items. With "Minami-Hakone Seminar House" printed on the label, this product is the No. 1 souvenir among the House's visitors.

A table made by Create Taiyo in the House's PC corner

▲ A table made by Create Taiyo in the House's PC corner

Now, I've remembered something impressive that happened. When we established a PC corner in the House, we asked Create Taiyo to make a table for us. They took various things into consideration, such as using their ingenuity to ensure that cables would not be visible, and cutting the timber with attention to the wood grain in order to emphasize the wood's texture. As a result, a wonderful table was successfully completed and it is now used by many people. The other day we received praise from a foreign visitor, who said, "I feel great when I check my e-mails here over coffee, enjoying a fine view of the garden." We were very happy about this comment.

By the way, it takes more than a year before felled cypress trees can be used for making products. The cypress trees delivered from the House to Create Taiyo were dried for more than half a year, and then the bark was peeled off (by staff members of Create Taiyo). Next, the trees were sawed into planks and set aside unused for several months, before they were finally used for making products. The products offered at the House are the result of such painstaking efforts. When visiting the House, please take a look at these adorable items.

◆The following items are available at Create Taiyo.

< Price List > (in yen)

Hinoki-no-yu200 Pencil holder300
Key hanger400 Magnet300
Soap dish200 Pushpin made of cherry wood150
Postcard300 Business card case1,000
Pot stand300 Tissue case500
Tissue paper case and rack -- new products

▲ Tissue paper case and rack -- new products

In addition, orders of custom-made picture frames and furniture made from Japanese cypress are accepted by Create Taiyo. If you live far from the facility, consultation via e-mail and delivery of the completed items are available. If you're interested, why not contact the facility?