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Social Contribution Activities

Clearing Anti-Personnel Landmines and Reconstruction Support

Since 2008, Komatsu has partnered with the Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS), a certified NPO, to support demining activities in areas of Cambodia and Angola that suffer from damages caused by anti-personnel landmines, which also includes reconstruction work as part of this community development project. The demining machines and construction machinery, developed using our company's technical expertise and manufacturing knowledge, are being put to full use in this endeavor.
We demined about 1,200 ha of land in Cambodia and constructed 40 km of roads in eight villages, bringing the total number of operating hours for the machines and machinery introduced in 2008 to a cumulative total of approximately 26,000 hours. Construction of the seventh elementary school under this project was over, and the building with 3 classrooms and a teachers' staff room was completed in May. The total number of elementary school students will be approximately 490.

Komatsu's demining machine
Komatsu's demining machine
Seventh elementary school in Roung village, completed in May
Seventh elementary school in Roung village, completed in May

Also, last November, 2 buildings of prefabricated houses were donated to members of the local land-mine removal organization CMAC in Cambodia.
These members stay on site during the periods of activity, and were previously staying in tents pitched on the ground that offered poor coverage that did not even fully keep out the rain, and was a very problematic environment in terms of security and health.
The prefabricated houses donated by Komatsu, though small, provides private space for each person, and is being used as a break room for the members working on reconstruction.

The donated prefabricated houses
The donated prefabricated houses
A room of the prefabricated house is for shared by two people
A room of the prefabricated house is for shared by two people
Visiting lecture at a junior high school
Visiting lecture at a junior high school
Komatsu employees visit schools in Japan to give lectures and share details about these activities with younger generations, from elementary school children to university students.
In 2015, classes were held at 6 schools, including elementary schools, junior high schools and universities.
At a classroom presentation that was held for sixth graders in November, each of the students seemed to be giving thought to various aspects of the presentation. There were students who had thoughts about peace: “I cannot understand why humans make things that hurt other people”, “wars should not ever happen”; while other students had thoughts about the future: “I also want to do something to help other people.” We will continue to offer visiting lectures to inspire young people who are the future.
Essay written by a 6th grader at Naeshiro Elementary School in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture after a visiting lecture
Essay written by a 6th grader at Naeshiro Elementary School in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture after a visiting lecture

DATA

Results of Demining and Reconstruction Support Activities in Cambodia (Cumulative)

Item Results (Cumulative Total by FY2015)
Demined area 1,218 ha
Road construction 39.5km
Schools constructed 7
School children supported 487

In Laos, the land is widely contaminated by unexploded bombs, many of which are cluster submunitions and every year children and farmers are getting hurt.
Komatsu is planning and preparing for a project to demine the unexploded submunitions that threaten people’s lives just as land-mines do, in conjunction with the government of Laos, governmental agencies of Japan, and JMAS. We plan on moving the project forward in cooperation with JMAS and by using the demining machines (for demining unexploded submunitions) developed by Komatsu.
JMAS expects to get their main funding from the foreign ministry of Japan, and the government of Japan has high expectations for this project operated jointly by the government and the private sector in order to support Laos, which is one of the countries of the world most victimized by cluster submunitions.

Demining machine (for handling unexploded submunitions) developed with hydraulic excavator PC130-8 as a base
Demining machine (for handling unexploded submunitions) developed with hydraulic excavator PC130-8 as a base
Cluster submunitions in the grass
Cluster submunitions in the grass