Together with Kyocera Vietnam and Kyocera Communication System Vietnam, we selected and invited 10 junior high school students that live in Hanoi, Hung Yen Province, and Hai Phong for a trip to Japan. Soon after founding Kyocera, Kazuo Inamori visited the USA on business for the first time and was greatly impressed by the direct contact with a different culture. The intercultural excitement felt by Inamori led to the development of additional, company intercultural activities.
The students visited Kyoto, the Kyocera plants, and mega solar facilities, joined exchange meetings with local junior high schools, and stayed at the homes of Kyocera Group employees for three days and two nights. These experiences during their visit to Japan gave them a great opportunity to directly feel and touch various cultural aspects of Japan and conceptualize different values.
We hope that these activities will help foster people who will contribute to the world and deepen the friendship between Japan and Vietnam.
We donated money through HEZA (Hai Phong City Economic Zone Authority) to areas afflicted by a major typhoon that caused flooding in the central region of Vietnam in mid-October, 2016. The areas receiving donations include Ha Tinh Province, Thanh Hoa Province, Nghe An Province, and Quang Binh Province in central Vietnam. Vietnam dong approximately VND 9 million (about ¥44,000) was donated by employees. The plant also contributed to this donation, and a total of VND 20 million (about ¥95,000) was donated.
From January 9 to January 12, 2017, we called for the cooperation of employees in giving donations to our year-end charity drive and collected approximately VND 22 million (about ¥103,000). We also contributed to this donation, and a total of approximately VND 37 million (about ¥176,000) was donated to elementary and junior high schools in the village of An Lu, the location of our plant, in the form of writing sets. Benches for outdoor use were separately donated to the elementary school.
20 employees participated in a local charity walking event held on May 29, 2016. The sum of VND 5 million (approximately ¥24,000) donated from the plant, supports war victims and orphans. Also, 10 employees participated in a blood drive, which was held concurrently.
On August 6, 2016, we held our third summer festival. This year, approximately 5,300 people visited the summer festival. Visitors enjoyed a powerful dragon dance, as well as a dance performance by female employees of the plant wearing stage costumes. At the venue, we also set up play tools and facilities for children, which the families enjoyed.