Message from the President
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.
Since September 2011, the Kanematsu Group has been involved in relief activities through its own volunteer program in the city of Rikuzentakata.
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
Kanematsu donated the mobile library vehicle "Yamabiko-go" to the city of Rikuzentakata. 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.
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.