NHK Spring and our Group companies have operations in various areas in Japan and around the world where we hold local community-based activities. The energies of the whole Group are directed to expanding our ties to the local community everywhere.
Involvement by NHK Spring
Activities based on the NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
It is the 11th year since we acquired the naming rights to the NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium from 2008. The five-year contract was updated from March 2016. We are striving to effectively use the free usage rights, which is a benefit of the naming rights.
|Naming rights continued for11th year|
●NHK Spring and College of Science & Engineering Soccer League in Kanto Area
College of Science & Engineering Soccer League in Kanto Area was established to assist promising students. We have also incorporated diverse and unique activities, such as Futsal, in response to student needs.
●NHK Spring Group Soccer Tournament
We held a soccer competition with the goal of cultivating a sense of unity throughout the NHK Spring Group.
120 people, including employees and their families, came to cheer at the event
NHK Spring actively offers internships to provide work experience. In addition to offering work experience to high school students at the spring and seat plants in Yokohama in fiscal 2017, we also provided internships to university and graduate students. These work experiences offered a literature student to learn about our businesses in a classroom setting and a science student to learn practically in the Research & Development Division, Spring Development Department, and the Seat Evaluation & Analysis Department. Faculty from the junior and senior highs in Yokohama City were also able to experience the seat manufacturing process at the seat plant in Yokohama. In addition, the Toyota Plant offered work experience to senior high school students while the Ina Plant provided work experience to junior and senior high school students.
Actively offering internships
Providing school meals to children worldwide through TFT
We introduced “Table For Two” (abbreviated as TFT) in 2014. TFT is a system to make donations for school meals in deprived regions worldwide by eating charitable meals at the cafeteria for executives and employees. We conducted TFT at all of our nine plants in Japan and have expanded the system to Group companies in Japan. This has allowed us to donate 137,430 school meals in fiscal 2017, which brings us to a cumulative total of 463,949.
Isehara Plant recognized for regional disaster prevention
Our Industrial Machinery & Equipment Division, Isehara Plant, was recognized by the Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Hazardous Materials for its safe management of dangerous articles and disaster prevention initiatives. In addition to the activities of the private fire brigade, the Isehara Plant was highly praised for its efforts as a corporate member of this council. In the future, we will continue to strive in regional disaster prevention activities as a company rooted in the community.
Sponsoring and collaborating with local events
We sponsor, collaborate with and support local events in the communities where we operate.
●Sponsoring the YOKOHAMA Beach Sports FESTA
The YOKOHAMA Beach Sports FESTA was held in August 2018 at a coastal park in the Kanazawa ward of Yokohama City. NHK Spring has participated as a main sponsor for two consecutive years. This year an elaborate environmental program was held for children enjoying their summer vacation in addition to the conventional sports event.
In the Sea Paradise Beach Hut, these students learned about biodiversity and climate change by observing coastal marine life. In the Coral Workshop, students made tatakizome dyed prints on handkerchiefs using coral remains. Through these various workshops, the children were able to understand the necessity of protecting their coast by stepping closer to all of the life living there.
Environmental program for children in addition to the sports event
Providing and Exhibiting Parts at the Student Formula SAE Competition of Japan
The Student Formula SAE Competition of Japan was held by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan at the Ogasayama Sports Park (ECOPA) for five days from September 5 to September 9, 2017. NHK Spring sponsored the competition where university and vocational school students built and competed with their own vehicles. In addition to noise and gas emissions, the judging for this true competition centered upon the student clubs conducted a static assessment that included an inspection of the vehicle as well as the cost and design in addition to a dynamic assessment that included acceleration and auto cross.
NHK Spring received requests from more than 30 universities to supply damper springs, which the company provided free of charge as part of its social contribution activities. Junior engineers from the Precision Product Development Department communicated with the students about the specifications and fabricated most of the parts that were requested at Ina Plant. NHK Spring was able to play a part as several of the universities that requested parts earned a spot in the top ranks of the competition this year.
NHK Spring will continue to provide parts to each university and sponsor this competition in the future.
Providing parts for the formula cars built by the students
Participating in the Tenryu River Environmental Picnic
The 24th Tenryu River Environmental Picnic was held by the Recycling System Society of Nagano Techno Foundation’s Ina Techno Valley Regional Center and others on May 20, 2017. Ina Plant, Disk Drive Suspension Komagane Plant, and the Industrial Machinery and Equipment Plant of NHK Spring, its Group companies, NHK MEC, and nearly 200 employees and their families from Nippon Shaft took part in the event. Everyone cleaned the riverbeds and walkways of Tenryu River. We participate in this picnic every year, and we will always strive forward in activities to protect the natural environment while raising awareness about global environmental conservation in the future.
Participants working in the environmental cleanup activities of the Tenryu River System
We also contributed to the use of the gymnasium for the Special Olympics Nippon/Kanagawa, which supports people with intellectual disabilities, installation of vending machines, and supplied photos and material on our products for some teaching materials. In addition, each of our sites takes part in different events, working with local government and organizations.
Providing gymnasium space (Special Olympics Nippon/ Kanagawa)
Volunteers conduct clean-up activities that include weeding planters and walkways at Mitsuzawa Park in Yokohama City
NHK Spring Athlete Initiatives
Holding YNUS & NHK Spring track & field jumping clinic
On January 21, 2018, we held a track and field jumping clinic together with the Yokohama National University Sports Academy (YNUS)*. This is the second consecutive year of the event. On the day of the clinic, Kaede Miyasaka (General Affairs Dept.), Yurina Hiraka and Kanae Tatsuta (both Human Resources Dept.) participated as athlete employees to provide guidance on the fundamentals of jumping and body techniques to the 135 junior high and high school students as well as visiting track and field coaches who participated from Kanagawa. The participants engaged seriously in the clinic to absorb the techniques in this unique opportunity to learn things not normally taught in the club activities.
* It conducts ventures to spread and revitalize various sporting for local communities thanks to the cooperation of Yokohama National University.
Participants from Kanagawa
Junior Soccer School held by NHK Spring
We held the NHK Spring and Asahi Shimbun Junior Soccer School on July 29, 2018. Former Japan Team Member Tsuyoshi Kitazawa and others were invited as coaches in addition to the support given by Mizuki Hirakuni (General Affairs Dept.) from the Women’s Football League’s NHK Spring Yokohama FC Seagulls. The children ran around in the stadium usually used by the professional athletes while listening intently to the guidance from Tsuyoshi Kitazawa and the other coaches to fill the day with memories of the summer.
Tsuyoshi Kitazawa provides instruction to the children who passionately chase the ball
Group company involvement
NHK Spring (China) Co., Ltd. signs an internship partnership agreement with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
On November 14, 2017, NHK Spring (China) Co., Ltd. signed an internship agreement with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies with Executive Vice President Hiroyuki Kado, who is the president of NHK Spring (China), and General Manager Makoto Asano of Nippan (Guangdong) in attendance. Over the four years since first entering into a partnership with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in October 2013, NHK Spring (China) and Nippan (Guangdong) have accepted interns, two of whom have joined and are actively participating in each company after graduating. This new agreement allows for interns to not only learn on the job at NHK Spring (China) and Nippan (Guangdong) but also at the head office in Japan. This provides an opportunity for interns to further their experience in a Japanese organization and in Japanese culture, and it has become one aspect of our social contribution activities.
Executive Vice President Hiroyuki Kado (Right), General Manager Makoto Asano (Left) and Vice President of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies Jiao Fangtai shake hands
Work experience for junior high school students and the local summer festival [G.L.G. Co., Ltd.]
G.L.G., which operates a golf range in Kawasaki City, provides work experience for students from the local Kawasaki City Hiyoshi Junior High School. The students gain on-the-job experience in shifts, such as customer service at the front desk and maintenance of the golf boxes. A summer festival was also held with great success thanks to food stands run by local residents, stage presentations like dances, drawings and much more.
Junior high school students handling customers service at the front desk