Preparedness for Regional Disasters and Support for Reconstruction
Based on experience from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Kaneka Group routinely conducts drills and educational activities to ensure that our companies are robust and resilient in the event of a disaster.
We also provide support for reconstruction after earthquakes and other disasters, and will continue a variety of support activities in the future.
Enhancing Crisis Management Systems
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In fiscal 2016, five significant earthquakes occurred in Japan, including those in Kumamoto and Tottori. The final response rate of the safety confirmation system in these disasters was 92% on average, targeting Kaneka employees in all offices in Japan. This system has been almost entirely recognized at Kaneka, and we will introduce it to Group companies in Japan from fiscal 2017.
We also held training sessions and chief leadership meetings in Kaneka offices for managers and seminars for the presidents of Group companies in Japan, in order to help them have a better understanding of emergency response procedures as well as to enhance their awareness of crisis management. We also provided employees with the Risk Management Handbook, containing intelligible graphs of emergency initial response rules. This handbook helps them clearly understand the emergency procedures: proper incident notification, instructions, consultation, and response, as well as the smooth flow of information.
Reconstruction Support for the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Kumamoto Earthquake
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Kaneka Group has been providing relief and recovery support during the six years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. We will continue to provide a variety of reconstruction support activities in the future.
Support for People Affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake
For the Kumamoto earthquake that occurred on April 14, 2016, Kaneka made a donation of 10 million yen through JPF, a specialized NPO, as relief money for affected people and reconstruction. In addition, a donation of three million yen was made by Cemedine Co. Ltd., our Group company, and 640,000 yen by the Kaneka Labor Union through the Japanese Red Cross Society.
In response to requests from the afflicted areas, we sent them relief supplies, including Kanelite Foam, an insulation material.
Participation in the Ippo Ippo Nippon Project for Tohoku and Kumamoto
We donated 500,000 yen annually to the disaster reconstruction support activities of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai). We installed learning equipment at vocational high schools in the coastal areas of the Tohoku region from 2013 to 2016.
Similar to support activities for Tohoku, this project is intended to rebuild the environment where practical special education is provided to vocational high school students in Kumamoto who want to work in the industrial field. We agree with this project concept and made a donation of 200,000 yen in total for a term between September 2016 and July 2017.
Reconstruction Assistance for Main Roads in Disaster-Affected Areas
For road reconstruction in disaster-affected areas, we provided Soil Blocks, a large polystyrene foams designed for civil engineering work.
Reconstruction of Only Manufacturing Plant for Molded Polystyrene Foam Products in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture
Group company Kanae Co., Ltd. manufactured molded polystyrene foam products for storing and transporting fish, but operations were halted when the tsunami swept over the plant. We invested 600 million yen (including government subsidies) to rebuild the plant, which reopened in June 2013. It is contributing to local employment and the recovery of the fisheries industry.
Tohoku-Kumamoto Products Fair at Takasago and Osaka Plants
We organized the Tohoku-Kumamoto Products Fairs, dubbed the Waku-Waku Market, at the Takasago Plant on April 22, 2016, as well as at the Osaka Plant on June 30 and July 1, 2016, and February 22-23, 2017. These events were implemented as part of the support activities of the Kansai Economic Federation, of which Kaneka is a member.
The concept of the fair was to provide access for people to purchase special products only available in Tohoku and Kumamoto. The goal was to help Tohoku and Kumamoto businesses develop marketing channels and improve their employment situation, and thereby to provide assistance from the Kansai region to the disaster-affected areas. On market days, employees from our group companies Kaneka Takasago Service Center Co., Ltd. and Kaneka Osaka Service Center Co., Ltd. worked with market staff to sell products, including sake, side dishes to go with rice, and sweets, from six Tohoku prefectures and Kumamoto.
Many employees from the Group and partner companies came to the market, resulting in sales of 450,000 yen at the Takasago Plant and 750,000 yen at the Osaka Plant.
Tohoku-Kumamoto collaborative goods sold at the Osaka Plant
Many visitors purchasing various goods at the Takasago Plant