On October 27, 2016, we held a community environmental report meeting with 32 local residents, including the mayor in the town of Tamaki. Our environment-conscious activities and local contribution activities were explained to the participants. The mayor in the town of Tamaki expressed his appreciation for our delivery of Eco-Lessons at all local elementary schools (Kids' ISO) and our participation in local activities. These included volunteering to clean the former Tamaru Castle and the expectation of the further factory growth with the construction of our seventh factory.
On October 28, 2016, Plant Manager Uehara delivered a lecture titled "Learn Management in Overseas Plants Based on Kyocera's Corporate Philosophy" at the manager training, held in the town hall, at the request of the town government.
This annual training is intended to improve the management capabilities and human power of middle management personnel, which are indispensable in creating a vital organization. This year, a total of 19 officials in the section and subsection manager positions, attended the training. The training was composed of two parts: a lecture by an outside lecturer and group discussion.
Plant Manager Uehara spoke in his lecture about how he communicates with local employees and solves various problems that occur daily. He also shared some basic understanding of Kyocera Philosophy plant operation with local employees, based on his opening of 2 overseas plants, Shilong Plant and Vietnam Plant, using various case examples. The majority of the officials who participated in the training were from the town of Tamaki. They said that it was very significant for them to better understand the philosophy of the company and its efforts outside of Japan, as they had no chance, on a daily basis, to gain a better understanding of international business, and that they were given important suggestions on how to communicate with town people.
Mie Prefecture is promoting efforts such as the Kids' ISO14000 Program (Introduction) for raising environmental awareness of elementary school children in the prefecture, through activities, such as energy conservation in the home. This is based on the Basic Environmental Plan of the prefecture. As part of this program, we have held classes at a total of four elementary schools in the town of Tamaki. Parents and teachers said that it was a good opportunity to raise awareness of energy conservation.
As part of our activities to help foster the development of local young people, we actively accept requests for internships from junior high schools in Tamaki town. During their internship in 2016, the junior high school students experienced the evaluation of toners and developers using printers. Some of them commented, "Through hands-on training, we learned the importance of questioning various aspects of a problem and communicating with people. I respect those things so that I can work together with many people."
As a voluntary clean-up activity jointly conducted with the labor union, we have participated in a "Clean-up Campaign at Tamaru Castle Ruins " held by Tamaki Town every year in spring and autumn
Also, we have conducted a voluntary clean-up activity at Matsunase Tideland Beach in cooperation with a local NPO, aiming at protecting the environment of the relaxing places frequented by the local residents.
On July 23, 2016, approximately 1,900 people, including local residents, business partners and employees, visited the summer festival. Visitors enjoyed a welfare bazaar, a penalty-kick shoot-out, coloring and other events, as well as a yo-yo game and other booths. Stage performances by new employees and a musical performance by a band composed of employees were enjoyed, as well. A spectacular drum show by a local group, Tamamarujo Taiko Preservation Group, also attracted the visitors. The final event of the festival was a powerful skyrocketing fireworks display, which is a summer tradition in Japan.
On November 13, 2016, we exhibited our products in the Tamaki Town Industrial Fair "Tamaki Eeyann-Matsuri 2016" to help visitors better understand our environmentally friendly products. We started to hold a new event where visitors could bring data stored in their digital cameras, the data was then transferred to a Kyocera multifunctional product, printed on a calendar, and the visitors received the calendar as a gift. The event became very popular because visitors could receive their own unique calendars and it attracted many visitors up until the end of the fair. The sponsor, Tamaki town government, expressed their gratitude for our annual participation in the fair and our contribution to the local community.
We have conducted a year-end charity campaign and donated money to Tamaki City Social Welfare Council every December.
And we also have conducted voluntary blood drives twice a year.