Social Contribution Activities (FY2019 initiatives)
Meidensha Manufacturing Classes: Teaching children about the Joy of Manufacturing
Since fiscal 2007, which was our 110th anniversary, we have held Meidensha Manufacturing Classes at elementary schools located nearby each of our sites, including Hosui Elementary School. Through these Manufacturing Classes, we will enable children to experience the joy of manufacturing by having them assemble and operate toys that incorporate motors by themselves. More than 10,000 children have participated the activity so far. Since fiscal 2018, we have held Manufacturing Classes at Iwakuni Elementary School, which was attended by our founder, Shigemune Hosui.
Supporting the Cultural Exchange Project Conducted by Japanese and Thai Elementary Schools
We support cultural exchange between children at Hosui Elementary School in Shinagawa-ku, which was established at the behest of the founder, Hosui Shigemune and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, and Mae Cam's Baan Thung Yao Primary School in Northern Thailand, to which we donated school buildings in 2017 as one of Meidensha’s 120th Anniversary Projects.
We held visiting lectures to learn about other cultures and we helped children, who carry the hopes of the future, feel the importance of coming into contact with other cultures by donating tools using the bell mark, and exchanging video letters and pictures between the schools.
Workplace Visits and Visiting Science Lectures for Junior High Schools Nearby Our Sites
At each of our sites, we actively encourage workplace visits by local junior high school students and conduct explanations of corporate initiatives, observations of facilities, and question and answer sessions with employees, etc., as part of children’s career education.
Furthermore, since fiscal 2017 we have held visiting lectures entitled “how does electricity reach us?” for second-year junior high school students in the areas around our sites, through which children can learn about the importance of electricity through experience.
Endowed Courses at Thai and Indian Universities
The Meiden Group conducts endowed courses at overseas universities in Thailand and India, which began as one of our 120th Anniversary Projects. We have rolled out a unique curriculum at the Ladkrabang Campus of Thailand’s King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology and India’s NBKR Institute of Science & Technology in order to develop future engineers. One student from the first 2017 Thai endowed course was employed by THAI MEIDENSHA CO., LTD., and 10 students were employed by other local Japanese companies. Five students from the 2018 India endowed course were employed by PRIME MEIDEN LIMITED.
Environmental Beautification Activities at Sites around Japan
The Meiden Group engages in environmental beautification activities such as cleaning up litter and weeding at sites around Japan on a day-to-day basis, in order to coexist with local communities. Local residents value the contributions we have made over many years, and these beautification activities also contribute to a sense of social contribution and foster a sense of community amongst employees.
Sponsored the NHKSO Concert at Hosui Elementary School
In 2019, we supported a concert by NHK Symphony Orchestra at Hosui Elementary School to mark the 100th anniversary of the school’s founding and the completion in February of the new school gymnasium. The entire student body, totaling around 500 students, as well as their parents and teachers enjoyed a performance by five members of the brass section of NHKSO.
Nature Appreciation Event: Look for Cicadas in Osaki Forest
We have been holding nature appreciation events at Hosui elementary school since 2018. Jointly hosted by Meidensha and the Nature Conservation Society of Japan, and with the support of the Nature Conservation Society of Tokyo (NACOT), the event was held to observe cicadas, which are symbolic insect of summer, in the forest of ThinkPark Tower Osaki and the precincts of Irugi Shrine.
Donated Facilities Extension to an Archery Club in an Elementary School in Kuala Lumpur
MEIDEN MALAYSIA SDN. BHD., a local subsidiary of Meidensha, donated RM105,000 (approximately three million yen) to extend an archery club facilitiy of an elementary schools in Kuala Lumpur. Since its foundation in 2015 at the elementary school, the archery club has not been able to secure a budget for club operation and facilities. MEIDEN MALAYSIA SDN. BHD. donation was used to extend the roofed competition area and purchase archery equipment, and the facility extension was completed on June 15, 2019. Pupils between the ages of seven and twelve are now enjoying archery.
Supporting Volunteers to Typhoon and Tornados Suffered Area
There were a great deal of damage from a series of disasters in Chiba Prefecture, including Typhoon No.15 (Faxai) in October and tornadoes in September both in 2019. From September to November 2019, accumulated total of 67 volunteers from Plant Construction & Engineering Business Group of Meidensha applied to support suffered areas reconstruction, such as the removal, transportation, and cleaning of rubble and sediment, in Katori City, Ichihara City, Nagara Town, Tateyama City, Marumori Town in Miyagi Prefecture, and Akanuma district in Nagano Prefecture. The social welfare councils from Katori City and Ichihara City offered letters of appreciation to us for those activities.