According to the OECD Family Database, the poverty rate among children in Japan is one in seven, or 13.9%; this is the 22nd highest rate of the world’s 42 developed nations. For one-parent households, the poverty rate rises to 50.8%, behind only South Korea and Brazil. From a global perspective, then, the poverty rate in Japan is high. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that Japan is grappling with a child poverty crisis.
At the Fujii Head Office and Hosaka Branch Office of Tokyo Electron Technology Solutions Ltd., twice a year employees are encouraged to bring in any surplus food they may have; via FoodBank YAMANASHI, this food is used to help support the healthy growth of children.
Tokyo Electron Technology Solutions started these activities in 2015, and this marks the 13th time that the company has taken part. Every July and December, the collected food and drink is delivered to children in Yamanashi Prefecture that require food support; this helps ensure that children are provided with sufficient food and nutrition during school summer and winter holidays, when they do not have access to school meals.
On this occasion, Tokyo Electron Technology Solutions collected food on July 5 and 6, and employees donated a total of 650 kg—or 370,000 yen’s worth—of food. The company donated surplus emergency rations and water at the same time.
Whenever these food bank activities take place, Tokyo Electron Technology Solutions also donates a “matching gift”—that is, it donates a sum that matches the monetary value of the food donations of its employees. The company also recruits volunteers from its workforce to help pack the food collected across the prefecture, so that it can be delivered to eligible households—unfortunately, the impact of the coronavirus means that volunteers are not being recruited at present.
There are many employees who take part in these activities twice a year without fail; however, the number of new participants is also increasing with each passing occasion—it is evident that a desire to volunteer is growing among the company’s workforce as a whole.
Tokyo Electron Technology Solutions wishes to create a society in which everyone has the same, fair access to food and, for this reason, it intends to continue these activities.