February 2014

February 17, 2014 9:07 AM

Toys for tots

Each year The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program distributes approximately 16 to 19 million toys to more than 7 million children. The mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

The program was founded in 1947 and in 1948 it expanded into a nationwide program. In 1959 Toys for Tots went international following the typhoon that devastated the city of Nagoya, Japan. There have been two other international occasions, one in the Republic of Panama and the other in the Caribbean.

Toys for Tots is well-known in the United States. Even Walt Disney had a part in its development as Walt Disney designed the now famous Toys for Tots train logo in 1948.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc. (SEIP) started participating in 2002 and has done so each year since for a total of 12 years. A collection box is placed in the SEIP lobby around late November. Toys are collected and picked up by local Marines in December. If the Marines are low on resources an SEIP employee will assist by delivering the toys to the closest drop site or the San Diego County distribution center located in Mira Mesa.

This is a great way for SEIP to support the community. Many of SEIP’s visitors take notice and give SEIP compliments for being involved in such a worthy cause. A few times return visitors have even brought a toy! SEIP’s ability to coordinate such an activity each year personifies the kindhearted nature of SEIP’s employees. The employees enjoy donating each year and look forward to many more years of being a contributor.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.
Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.(SEIP) was established in 1985 in San Diego, U.S.A.
SEIP manufactures and sells heat shrinkable tubing and solder sleeves for a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, appliance, communications, medical and transit.

February 10, 2014 1:32 PM

Participation in the Tokamachi City Environmental Fair

Hello. I’m Kamimura of the management department of Chuetsu Sumidenso, Ltd. in Japan.

▲Pictures drawn by children whose fingers were stiff due to the cold weather

On Sunday, October 27, the annual Tokaimachi City Environmental Fair was held at Echigo-Tsumari Art Field in Kinar, an interaction facility at Echigo-Tsumari. We began to join in this event in 2008, making this year’s participation our sixth time.

Tokamachi City, home to our plants, strives to create environmentally-friendly communities. The Tokamachi City Environmental Fair is held annually to encourage people in the city to consider environmental problems, such as global warming, as issues they should be personally concerned about. This fair consists of booths set up by companies, a second-hand sales event hosted by a consumers’ association, a section providing the hands-on experience of making zori (Japanese sandals) out of used clothing, and other programs.

This year, unfortunately, it was chilly in the morning, with light rain and wind from around noon. Still, the event drew approximately 2,000 people, much more than last year. Among them, about 160 people visited our booth, which was more than double of last year!

This year, our booth comprised a panel discussion regarding our environmental efforts, including a section where visitors were able to make rockets using disposable covers for wet umbrellas, and a darts game using the rockets.

▲What number is he aiming at?

Children enjoyed themselves by trying out the darts game many times and drawing pictures on their rockets. (Since it was really chilly on the day of the event, the children’s fingers were so stiff from the cold that they seemed to have some difficulty drawing pictures!)

In addition to us, nine other organizations also set up booths at the event. The sections featuring the exhibition and sales of eco-friendly products, the demonstration of pellet stoves, and the hands-on experience of making flat thonged sandal made out of used clothing were crowded with visitors which made us feel that the environmental awareness among the citizens are increasing.

Since this event serves as a good opportunity for us to consider environmental problems, we would like to continue participating in the future.

▲Happy about winning a prize for participating


Chuetsu Sumidenso, Ltd

Chuetsu Sumidenso, Ltd.

Chuetsu Sumidenso, Ltd., a subsidiary of Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., was established in 1987 as a manufacturer of wiring harnesses mounted as in-vehicle components. The company is headquartered in Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture.