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Social Contribution (in Japan)

Basic Stance on Social Contributions

Komatsu holds the firm conviction that contributing to society leads to raising its corporate value over the long term and the Group as a whole proactively engages in social contribution activities on a continuing basis to fulfill one part of its corporate social responsibilities.

Komatsu's basic stance on social contributions (the purpose and the five basic principles concerning social contributions) is as follows.


Purpose

The Komatsu Group and its employees will contribute to society as members of the local community.

Basic Principles

Contributions shall be:

◆ Consistent

◆ In the public interest

◆ Voluntary

◆ Acceptable by employees

◆ Not aimed at advertisement

Major Areas of Activity

Komatsu's main activities for social contributions are in the following areas.

● Supporting the Flower Association of Japan (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)

● Promoting culture and education and local community development

● Promoting sports

● Providing humanitarian assistance and recovery from disasters


Contributing to Local Communities

Making Business Units Open to the Public

In addition to opening up its gymnasium, field, tennis courts, and various other recreational facilities, Komatsu hosts various events so as to foster harmony and a spirit of coexistence with local communities.


Holding "Open House" Day

Komatsu convenes "open house" days at its business units on a regular basis, taking advantage of various events to enhance the local community's understanding of its business operations.


Running Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles at the Komatsu Techno Center

Twice a year, the Komatsu Techno Center in the city of Izu in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan runs a Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles, which allows the children to come into direct contact with large construction equipment.

Through this tour Komatsu hopes to foster children's dreams and furnish an opportunity for parents and children to play together, thereby encouraging deeper understanding towards construction equipment and Komatsu's corporate ideal.

Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles at the Komatsu Techno Center

Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles at the Komatsu Techno Center

Promoting Sports -The Komatsu Women's Judo Club

Founded in 1991 as part of social contribution activities during the 70th anniversary of the company founding, the Komatsu Women's Judo Club is celebrating its 24th year. During this time, a total of 82 athletes have participated in competitions worldwide. The club has actively engaged in teaching judo at home and abroad, and in welcoming foreign judo competitors, with the goal to develop and popularize judo.
In August 2013, at the World Judo Championships held in Rio de Janeiro, Japan's representative athletes accomplished some great victories, with Haruna Asami (48kg class) winning a silver medal, Yuki Hashimoto (52kg class) winning bronze, and Ruika Sato (78kg class) placing 7th. Yuki Hashimoto also contributed to the team competition, in which Japan won a gold medal. Approximately 50 Komatsu employees who are based in Brazil — mainly people from Komatsu do Brasil and Komatsu Brasil International — took a 7-hour trip on the night bus from Sao Paulo to show support for the athletes.

Komatsu Team Supporters at World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro

Komatsu Team Supporters at World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro

 During FY2013, each of the athletes entered competitions all over the world, including Bangkok (Thailand), Tyumen (Russia), Ulan Bator (Mongolia), Moscow, St. Petersburg (Russia), Tianjin (China), Paris (France), and Dusseldorf (Germany) in overseas competitions, and Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Okayama, Amagasaki, and Chiba in Japan. Komatsu employees and their families based in the region where the competitions were held went to show support to the athletes. This worldwide support of judo has contributed to both the popularization of judo and in raising corporate awareness (global teamwork).
The Komatsu Women's Judo Club won the first women’s section of the 64th Group Tournament of the All Japan Businessmen’s Judo Federation held this June without losing a single match to mark its 10th victory in history.

The Group Tournament of the All Japan Businessmen's Judo Federation won by the Komatsu Women's Judo Club without a single defeat.

The Group Tournament of the All Japan Businessmen's Judo Federation won by the Komatsu Women's Judo Club without a single defeat.


 Since its establishment, the Komatsu Women's Judo Club has been training athletes from over 10 countries around the world. Athletes that have trained in judo at Komatsu are active all over the world, including at the Olympics held in Athens, Beijing, and London, and have won medals in world championships. It is our dream that one day we will get to see an athlete that had been supported by Komatsu competing against one of the Komatsu Women's Judo Club athletes in an Olympic competition.

 Komatsu Women's Judo Club has continued to coach the Komatsu Kids Judo Team at the Eitai Dojo (in Koto-ku, Tokyo), while also directing and coaching at judo classes in different places around the world, in order to popularize judo and to invest in educating children, who will be the next generation. Coach Mika Sugimoto even conducted judo classes at Otsuchi City in Iwate, which is an area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
During FY2013, overseas judo classes were held in regions with Komatsu manufacturing sites. In Russia's Yaroslavl, judo classes were held for a third consecutive year, and in China, classes were held for three days at the Komatsu Judo Gymnasium — which had been donated by Komatsu — in Shandong Jining. In addition, last year for the first time judo classes were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sisters Ayumi and Ikumi Tanimoto — who are currently studying abroad — are participating and leading in spreading judo in places like France, UK, and Italy.

Komatsu Brasil Judo Class

Komatsu Brasil Judo Class

China Shandong 'Jining Komatsu Judo Gymnasium' Judo Class

China Shandong 'Jining Komatsu Judo Gymnasium' Judo Class

As an organization that has supported the activities of athletes that have accomplished outstanding achievements in worldwide sports competitions over many years, Komatsu received the “Excellent Organization Award” from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science.


·The Komatsu Women's Judo Club


Supporting the Flower Association of Japan

As one of its contributions to society, Komatsu has been supporting the Flower Association of Japan since it was established in 1962, an organization that develops venues for viewing cherry blossoms and cultivates local environments rich in flowers, to thereby foster areas of beauty and abundant greenery. The Flower Association of Japan provides support to its members throughout Japan, as well as to local residents and municipalities, in creating spaces filled with flowers and greenery.


Creating Venues Renowned for Cherry Blossoms

The Association supports those entrusted with developing venues for viewing cherry blossoms and including them in urban planning, and supplies them with free cherry saplings.
The many cherry trees at the Meiji Shrine Outer Gardens in Shinjuku City, Tokyo are mostly from the Flower Association. In 1970, 1,500 cherry trees — mainly of the double-flowered cherry tree variety — were planted, and is now admired by many as one of the main cherry blossom venues in the city center.
Currently, as part of disaster recovery assistance for areas affected by the tsunami during the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Flower Association is helping to produce and propagate successor cherry trees and providing saplings to affected areas. The estimated number of cherry trees the Association has given to affected areas so far is over 2,800.

Cherry Blossoms at the Meiji Shrine

Cherry Blossoms at the Meiji Shrine

Planting the Saplings Given to a Disaster-affected Area (SDF members and Volunteer Staff)

Planting the Saplings Given to a Disaster-affected Area (SDF members and Volunteer Staff)

Preserving and Revitalizing Cherry Blossoms

The Flower Association is also active in recovery efforts for preserving and revitalizing ageing trees and existing cherry blossom viewing venues. When trees at old noted sites become diseased or weakened due to environmental changes, the organization uses its accumulated expertise to provide advice on how to restore the trees to vigor.
In Hokuto City, Yamanashi, there is a 2,000 year old cherry tree called Yamataka Jindaizakura, known as Japan's oldest cherry tree. Based on plans created by the Association, revitalization recovery work was done on the tree over a four-year period, from 2002. Now the number of cherry blossoms have increased, and even strong new branches are starting to grow.

Japan's Oldest Cherry Tree·Yamataka Jindaizakura

Japan's Oldest Cherry Tree·Yamataka Jindaizakura

Cities in Bloom

The National Competition of Japan in Bloom was started as a way to establish a nationwide civic movement to develop local environments in bloom. It was inaugurated in 1991. The Flower Association of Japan, in its capacity as secretariat for the competition, is encouraging the creation of spaces that are rich in flowers and greenery, while supporting residents associations and local authorities in these activities.

Cities in Bloom (Fukaya City, Saitama)

Cities in Bloom (Fukaya City, Saitama)

·Komatsu's CSR Activities through the Flower Association of Japan

·Flower Association of Japan website