May 2013

May 16, 2013 1:57 PM

Award ceremony of the 10th New “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest

Hello! I am Matsumura from the Public Relations Dept. of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Japan.

On Sunday, April 21, the award ceremony of the 10th New “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest was held at the Maruoka Gymnasium in Maruoka-cho, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture. A total of 63,745 entries were received for this year’s contest, whose theme was “Arigato (Thank You).” The ceremony was attended by contestants who won Honorable Mention or higher award. Since 1994, the Sumitomo Group has supported this contest and its former “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest, hosted by the Maruoka Cultural Foundation, due to its connection with Maruoka-cho. Masatomo Sumitomo, the founding father of the Sumitomo family, was born in Maruoka, in Echizen Province (now Maruoka-cho, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture). I attended the award ceremony on behalf of Sumitomo Electric, a member of the Sumitomo Group.

Prizes were awarded to a total of 218 entries. At the ceremony, some prize-winning works, including five works that won a Grand Prize, were read aloud by students from Maruoka Junior High School in Sakai City. When each work was read aloud, I was moved by its own unique message of thanks. The ceremony was very impressive.

At the end of the ceremony, all attendees enjoyed singing together the song Arigato (Thank You), written by poet Mikiro Sasaki and composed by singer-songwriter Hitoshi Komuro, who were on the award selection committee.

Award Ceremony

▲Award Ceremony

This contest has now reached a 20-year milestone since the former “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest has begun. The theme for next year’s contest is “Wasurenai (Never Forget).” Entries are being received now. Why not enter the contest! For entry information, please visit: (in Japanese)

May 14, 2013 3:22 PM

SEWS Partners with Local Schools

Hello, I am Alyssa Holster, an intern with the General Affairs Department at Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (SEWS), located in United States. I’d like to tell you about the Earth Day events my company has been participating in!

Three SEWS’ facilities teamed up with local schools to teach children about the importance of Earth Day. We maintain an environmental policy to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste and to improve the efficiency of energy usage, and believe that is very important to pass down these values to future generations.

We asked local schools in Edmonton, Scottsville, and Bowling Green, Kentucky to show off their creative skills while raising awareness about the importance of protecting our environment. Over 2,500 children participated from North Metcalfe Elementary School, Edmonton Elementary School, Summer Shade Elementary School, Allen County Primary School, and Jody Richards Elementary School. The students were asked to either create a poster or write an essay about “What Earth Day Means to Me”. First place winners received a $100 savings bond and tree seedling. Students demonstrated their knowledge and maintained that not littering, picking up trash, and recycling are some of the best ways to help protect our environment.

Our facilities have continued to implement environmental efforts in a myriad of other ways as well. Our Edmonton facility has managed to recycle isopropyl alcohol in a way that allows them to reuse 80% of it instead of sending it out as waste. Our facility in Bowling Green has been working with another school, Warren Elementary, to recycle our used toners and inkjet cartridges. The school is able to recycle our used products and receive money to support their Student Technology Leadership Program.

SEWS is proud to share the knowledge about recycling, sustainability and supporting our local schools!

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. Webサイト 

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.

May 7, 2013 10:09 AM

Market to Support Reconstruction of Affected Areas

Hello! I’m Matsumura, of Public Relations Department.

On April 22nd and 23rd, a market was held at Sumitomo Building, where the Head Office (Osaka) is situated, in order to support reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. I participated in the event as a sales staff member. Held jointly by Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., this was the third anniversary of the introduction of this market. On the day of the event, various items from Aomori Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, and Miyagi Prefecture, such as snacks, noodles, juice, and sake, were sold to members of the Sumitomo Group.

 On the day of the event – helping at the Fukushima Prefecture booth

▲ On the day of the event – helping at the Fukushima Prefecture booth

Since this was the third time that this event had been held, there were many repeat customers saying, “I’ll take this one; I bought it last time and it was very delicious.” In addition, some others bought items after hearing good stories about them, though I’m not sure where such rumors were generated. :-) The event was very successful.

Unfortunately, some people were not able to obtain items they had wanted to buy, because the items were sold out. As a sales staff member, I felt sorry for such people, although at the same time I was very happy that the items were so popular! :-))

I hope that I can be of some help at the market again next time. I also hope that you will continue to support this event.

At the Aomori Prefecture booth

▲ At the Aomori Prefecture booth

President Matsumoto also purchased some items

▲President Matsumoto also purchased some items