Social Contribution Activities
Kanematsu is aware of the importance of its responsibilities as a corporate citizen, as laid down in our Code of Conduct, and is committed to proactive social contribution activities. We also support activities by employees that help bring greater comfort and security to the community on a day-to-day basis.
Reconstruction Support Activities Connected with the Great East Japan Earthquake
After the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Kanematsu Group donated money and supplies to affected areas. Since September of the same year, the Group has provided ongoing support for Rikuzentakata city in Iwate, through its own volunteer program. In addition to the Company's volunteer leave system, Kanematsu has a system to support employees volunteering in disaster-affected areas that includes reimbursement of transportation and accommodation expenses for employees participating in the Company's volunteer program.
Volunteer activities in Rikuzentakata
Since September 2011, the Kanematsu Group has been involved in relief activities through its own volunteer program in the city of Rikuzentakata. July 2017 was the sixteenth time the program was organized, bringing participation to around 250 employees of the Group in total. They took part in rubble clearance and searching for victims' belongings, and helped the local fishing industry get back on its feet. We will carry out further support activities in future years.
Our Donation of Yamabiko-go, a Mobile Library Vehicle
As part of the projects commemorating the Company's 125th anniversary of its foundation, Kanematsu donated the mobile library vehicle "Yamabiko-go" to the city of Rikuzentakata.
This is part of our actions aimed at contributing to the children who will carry the future and is also part of the Kanematsu Group's relief operations, which have continued since 2011, in support of recovery from the disaster. A donation ceremony took place on February 19, 2015 at the Rikuzentakata City Hall with Mayor Futoshi Toba, Director of Education Ichio Yamada, Library Director Shoichiro Kanno, and Kanematsu Vice President Masao Hasegawa attending the event. The body of Yamabiko-go bears the logo of Ipponmatsu (the sole pine tree that survived the tsunami) and an illustration of Takata no Yumechan, and it is equipped with a retractable awning that serves as a shelter from summer sunlight or rain. The vehicle interior is brightly lit with LED lighting, and the partially adjustable bookshelves can hold approximately 900 books. Library operations are due to begin in April. We pray that Yamabiko-go will provide fulfillment to children and bring smiles to their faces, while encouraging the people of Rikuzentakata and leading the city to further recovery. The Kanematsu Group will continue activities that offer even the smallest joy to the people in the disaster-stricken areas still living with an unknown future.
Kanematsu Invitational Kids' Soccer Tournament
Since 2011, Kanematsu has held kids' soccer tournaments at its athletic field in Chiba Prefecture, seeking to provide a venue for enjoying soccer to children who have limited opportunities to play outside due to the nuclear accidents following the Great East Japan Earthquake. The 2017 Kanematsu Invitational Kids' Soccer Tournament invited six teams from Fukushima, Chiba, and Kanagawa prefectures. A total of 86 fifth and sixth grade boys and girls competed for the title. The tournament used fair trade-certifi ed soccer balls in support of decent working environments, education and welfare in the places where such balls are made. Kanematsu will continue to host this tournament as part of its social contribution efforts.
Kanematsu Foundation for the Research of Foreign Trade
The Kanematsu Foundation for the Research of Foreign Trade was established in 1940, endowed by funds donated to Kobe Higher Commercial School (now Kobe University), with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Japan through scholarships and grants for research into trade and international economy. The Foundation had been jointly operated by the Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration of Kobe University and Kanematsu, but in light of December 2008 revisions to the law concerning public-interest corporations, it started anew as a public interest incorporated foundation on October 1, 2012. In the over 70 years since its founding, the Foundation as a top-level research institute focusing on international economy and management has won high acclaim in Japan and overseas for its long list of research achievements.
In 1993, the Kanematsu Fellowship--a Kanematsu postgraduate research scholarship--was jointly established by the Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration of Kobe University, the Kanematsu Foundation for the Research of Foreign Trade, and Kanematsu Corporation. Every year, graduate students are invited to submit their dissertations to apply for the fellowship. The Kanematsu Fellowship thus provides graduate students in the fi elds of economics, management, and accounting across Japan with opportunities to win a research fellowship and to present their research.
In fiscal 2016, of 11 dissertations submitted, one was selected for the fellowship. In addition to a financial stipend, the author was awarded the title of junior research fellow at the Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration of Kobe University for the coming five years. Kanematsu will continue to support research in the fields of economics, management, and accounting and contribute socially through the Kanematsu Fellowship.
Kanematsu Fellowship award ceremony in June 2017
Among the main commemorative projects we have carried out in accordance with the will of our founder Fusajiro Kanematsu are the Research Institute for Economic and Business Administration (Kanematsu Memorial Hall), a commerce research institute granted by Kanematsu to Kobe Higher Commercial School (now Kobe University); the endowment of the Kanematsu Auditorium of Hitotsubashi University; and the endowment of the Kanematsu Memorial Institute of Pathology to Sydney Hospital in Australia, which was partially endowed by Kanematsu with joint funding from the Australian Government.