NYK Employees Continue their Engagement in Earthquake Recovery Efforts

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By the end of 2016, nearly 580 NYK Group volunteers comprising employees, board members, and former employees had volunteered to assist recovery activities in the area devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and Typhoon Lionrock in August 2016.

Every year since 2014, new employees at NYK have engaged in these activities. The activities and the communication with the people of the area allow new employees to consider the need for the company to play a part in society. The engagement also helps the new employees gain experience in other fields and broaden their perspectives as business persons.

Our 2016 volunteer activities to assist the recovery are highlighted below.

Period: July 7–11 2016, July 24–28 2016; two groups; four nights, five days

Participants: 43 new employees

Area: Otsuchi town and Kamaishi city in Iwate prefecture

Activity: cutting rapeseed, threshing, cleaning farms, thinning brush, etc.

 

Period: August 26–28 2016; two nights, three days

Participants: 17 staff members

Area: Kamaishi city in Iwate prefecture Activity: cutting rapeseed, seeding, etc.

 

Period: October 7–9 2016; two nights, three days

Participants: 6 staff members

Area: Rikuzentakata city in Iwate prefecture

Activity: recreation at a nursery school, making wind-breaking nets for pine seedlings, mowing grass around the temporary dwelling

 

Period: October 21–23 2016; two nights, three days

Participants: 6 staff members

Area: Iwaizumi town in Iwate prefecture

Activity: removing mud and sand left by Typhoon Lionrock

Comments from participants in 2016 included, “I want to do what I can and inform others about the conditions of the area,” and “The people living in the area have their own approaches to doing things, and I learned a lot from them as a member of society.”

Twelve years have passed since NYK established a specialized section to promote social contribution activities. As a good corporate citizen living in global society, the NYK Group promotes employee involvement in volunteer activities and promises to work positively in activities that contribute to society.