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    Relief efforts for earthquake-stricken Kumamoto

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    Relief efforts for earthquake-stricken Kumamoto

    The Kumamoto Earthquake of April 2016 dealt a heavy blow to the local residents, collapsing houses and causing landslides. The Tateno area of Minamiaso-mura in Kumamoto Prefecture was particularly hard hit, and the residents persevered with no running water at home or for irrigation for over a year.
    To restore normal living conditions in this area, Tokyo Electron Kyushu started to help with the construction of a well in February 2017. After drilling to a depth of 126 meters, an aquifer containing high-quality drinking-water was reached in May, and a pump capable of drawing 300 tons of water per day was installed to complete the facility.
    A ceremony to donate the well to Minamiaso-mura was conducted in July 2017. Tokyo Electron Kyushu Senior Executive Vice President Kazuo Hagio presented a list of donated facilities to Mayor Seiichi Kira of Minamiaso-mura, and all participants including the local residents joined in the well water tasting session. Provisional restoration of waterworks made good progress thanks to the supply of water from this well, leading to the lifting of the area’s designation as a long term evacuation zone in October. Tokyo Electron Kyushu is pleased to have contributed to this recovery.

    Tokyo Electron Kyushu also sought donations from TEL Group employees and matched the raised fund, in order to supply disaster preparedness items to neighboring municipalities. Some 8,000 pieces of disaster protection hoods were delivered to nearby elementary schools, with advice to children on the importance of being prepared for emergencies. In addition, the company donated 5,000 emergency medical information kits for people requiring evacuation assistance, and also helped setting up container storage facilities for evacuees in prefabricated temporary housing.

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    Matching gift program (to support welfare organizations and NPOs)

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    Kumamoto

    Matching gift program (to support welfare organizations and NPOs)

    Tokyo Electron Kyushu has been implementing a matching gift program since 2009, matching donations from the employees and augmenting it with proceeds from employee benefit facilities. Specifically, the employees’ cafeteria designates one of the popular menu items a “matching gift meal,” and donates 10 yen for each of that meal sold, which is then matched by the company. Starting in 2014, part of the proceeds from vending machines was added to this program, so that assistance can be given to a larger number of local welfare organizations. Tokyo Electron Kyushu also began accepting requests of assistance from NPOs in 2012, extending its support to qualified NPOs battling local social problems. In FY2018, we selected eight projects to receive assistance, and we held a financial assistance presentation ceremony at our Koshi Factory on March 12, 2018.

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    Youngsters' Science Festival

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    Kumamoto

    Youngsters' Science Festival

    Tokyo Electron Kyushu is a sponsor of the Youngsters’ Science Festival in Kumamoto. This is the largest science event in Kumamoto Prefecture that attracts more than 30,000 visitors every year. The festival features demo experiments and hands-on craft experiences designed to interest young people in science, technology, and mathematics.
    In addition to being a featured sponsor of the event, Tokyo Electron Kyushu holds special events at its booth, including shows on stage and workshops. Some of the employees are dispatched as guest lecturers to National Institute of Technology, Kumamoto College to share their fascination with manufacturing. Inspired by their talks, the students are now pursuing a new manufacturing project with a theme, “Make children’s dreams come true with science.”
    Tokyo Electron Kyushu expects that these activities will help children take interest in science to become a leading force of the future, curbing the tendency among young people to stay away from careers in science and technology and cultivating the next generation of scientific talents.

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    Kumamoto Castle Marathon

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    Kumamoto

    Kumamoto Castle Marathon

    Tokyo Electron Kyushu has been a gold sponsor of the Kumamoto Castle Marathon since its inception. Over 13,000 runners participate in this event each year, starting from downtown Kumamoto and running all the way to Kumamoto Castle.
    Besides the race itself, cheering by roadside spectators is also an important aspect of this event. Many employees of Tokyo Electron Kyushu support the event as volunteer staffers, by setting up the Tokyo Electron booth at the Kumamoto Castle Marathon Expo, cheering the runners, and assisting with cooking snacks for participants. Over 100 employees compete in the race every year, so the event is helping them stay fit, too!

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    Koshi City Relay Marathon and Walking Rally

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    Koshi City Relay Marathon and Walking Rally

    Tokyo Electron Kyushu is a sponsor of the Koshi City Country Park Relay Marathon and the Walking Rally in Koshi City. The events are held in a municipality where a business site of Tokyo Electron Kyushu is located. By supporting these health-promoting events that invigorate the local community, Tokyo Electron Kyushu is strengthening the fabric of regional society as a responsible corporate citizen.

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    Afforestation for groundwater recharge

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    Afforestation for groundwater recharge

    In November 2005, Tokyo Electron Kyushu signed an environmental protection agreement with Ozu-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture to participate in the municipality’s Broadleaf Forest Project. The project promotes afforestation of Tawarayama on the outer rim of the Aso crater, by planting saplings of mountain cherry, Japanese maple, sawtooth oak, and konara oak to alleviate global warming and recharge groundwater. From 2006 onward, the forest has been expanding by 0.3 hectare per annum, with 1,000 broadleaf trees added each year. After tree planting, the forest is weeded and cleaned. These activities contribute to the absorption of CO2, and the volume of capture has been certified by Kumamoto Prefecture every year since 2011.

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