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    Iwate Oshu Kirameki Marathon

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    Iwate Oshu Kirameki Marathon

    In May 2017, the Iwate Oshu Kirameki Marathon was held under the special sponsorship of the Tohoku Regional Office. It was the first full marathon event held in Oshu City. The courses (10 km and full marathon) were officially certified by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations. As the elevation range was relatively flat at 20 meters or less, runners hoping to set their personal bests flocked to this race from 44 Japanese prefectures as well as from Taiwan. About 70 runners and 30 volunteers from the Tokyo Electron Group also participated in this event.
    The day of the race was hot like a summer’s day, with the temperature going up steeply in the morning to reach 32 degrees Celsius in Esashi City. Despite the heat, our volunteer staff found the experience rewarding. “I was moved by the dedication of the runners,” a volunteer commented, while another who staffed a water station recalled “It was very nice to be thanked by the runners. I will treasure this experience.”

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    Plant tours and trial internships

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    Plant tours and trial internships

    The Tohoku Regional Office organizes close to 20 plant tours and trial internships each year for elementary and junior high school students. These programs will continue to cultivate close ties with the local community and support and enhance the education of young people.

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    Support for persons with disabilities

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    Support for persons with disabilities

    The Tohoku Regional Office is engaged in initiatives to support persons with disabilities, including the activities of the Iwate Prefecture Social Welfare Association of Japan (such as repairing and donating second-hand wheelchairs to recipients in Asia, partly funded by collecting used stamps and spoiled postage-paid postcards for money) and Used Book Power Project (a used book sale fundraiser for the Japan Blind Football Association). Some employees of the Tohoku Regional Office also participate in the community welfare festival at Maesawameiho Special School as volunteer food vendors and donate the proceedings to the school.

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    Traffic safety

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    Traffic safety

    The Tohoku Regional Office is engaged in traffic safety activities initiated by its Young Drivers Club. All employees at the site are participating in these efforts to eliminate traffic accidents. The activities include calling for traffic safety during morning commute hours and hosting seminars with police officers as guest speakers. The Tohoku Regional Office has also been cooperating with the local police in urging employees who drive cars to turn headlights on before it gets dark, and has received a designation as the “model business site” for this traffic safety initiative.

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    Participation in local festivities

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    Participation in local festivities

    TEL's Tohoku Regional Office is an eager participant in a number of local festivities, including the Esashi Jinku Festival. TEL has been supporting and participating in this time-honored festival since 1985, the year the Tohoku Regional Office was established. Men aged 42 and 25—their yakudoshi or unlucky years—are chosen for the featured dance team called toshiiwairen. In addition, there is a group dance by 100 deer-masked dancers (hyakka daigunbu) from the Esashi area, as well as an exciting parade of over 2,000 citizen dancers who perform to the tune of Esashi Jinku.

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    Dream Pass for Grulla Morioka soccer games

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    Dream Pass for Grulla Morioka soccer games

    As a sponsor of professional soccer club Grulla Morioka, the Tohoku Regional Office gives children opportunities to watch the professional games with the hope of inspiring young minds to dream big about their own future. For the U23 game between Grulla Morioka and Gamba Osaka sponsored by Tokyo Electron Technology Solutions, which was held in October 2017 in Kitakami City, the Tohoku Regional Office contributed to the Dream Pass program in which 5,000 local students of elementary to senior high schools were given free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, a soccer seminar was held by players at the club, and selected children served as players’ escorts and fair play flag bearers. “I was near the players and interacted with them,” commented a student. “It was an exciting day to remember.”

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    Forest preservation

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    Forest preservation

    TEL has been organizing a corporate tree planting event every year since 2010 in cooperation with the Oshu Area Forestry Cooperative. Many TEL employees and their families took part in the 7th round this year, planting some 700 saplings of konara (Quercus serrata). The company also holds annual presentations of its environmental reports for the benefit of the local residents, with the purpose of building trust among its stakeholders. TEL intends to continue with these activities to highlight the importance of environmental preservation, so we can pass the planet on to future generations in a better shape than it is today.

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    Elementary school 3x3 basketball championship games

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    Elementary school 3x3 basketball championship games

    In September 2017, the fourth elementary school 3x3 basketball championships (for Iwate Prefecture) were held in Oshu City. The event aims to ensure healthy growth of elementary school children in the prefecture, as well as to popularize the 3x3 basketball games. Commending these purposes, the Tohoku Regional Office has been sponsoring this event since the first year.
    The event is gaining recognition and attracting more entrants year after year, with 253 teams participating in the preliminaries. As all teams competing in the final tournament have won the qualifiers to participate in the game, the level of performance was very high. Perhaps there are future Olympians among those players!

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