Activities of Various Works and Group Companies
Nippon Steel has steelworks in various parts of Japan and highly values its partnerships with local communities.
In addition to environmental preservation activities tailored to the characteristics of each region, we actively foster environment-related activities with local residents.
Support to cultural and sport activities is another way we actively contribute to local communities.
Amagasaki R&D Center
Participating in local cleaning initiatives
In an effort to enhance our discipline through volunteer activities and contribute to local communities, and as part of our special program for Environment Month, RE Center joins the cleaning initiative at Shitazu Beach, Futtsu City, while employees of Amagasaki Research and Development Center pick up garbage in the neighborhood of their office. Similarly, Hasaki Research Center joins the cleaning initiative at Nikkawahama Beach in Kamisu City.
East Nippon Works Kashima Area
Hosting sports competition and sports classes
East Nippon Works Kashima Area hosts various sports competitions each named "Nippon Steel Cup", for local junior high school students, to promote sports at the local level and help develop healthy young people.
＜Nippon Steel Cup events＞
For junior high school students:Ping pong, softball, women's volleyball
In addition, East Nippon Works Kashima Area hosts baseball clinics, where members of ts baseball team coaches children.
Participate in cleaning of the beach in Kashima City
Jointly with Kashima City, employees at the East Nippon Works Kashima Area clean the beach before the swimming season. This program began in 1984. In addition to over 2,000 local residents, about 900 people from East Nippon Works Kashima Area join the event to care for the local environment.
Nippon Steel Sakura Festival
With adjustments made each April to coincide with the time of blossoming of over 2,000 Sakura trees within the works grounds, the Nippon Steel Sakura Festival is one of our annual events. Various events planned for the enjoyment of residents in a wide age range, such as opening of food booths, plant tours, and performances on a specially set up stage, are held and about 10,000 local residents visit the works on that day.
Participation in the Kashima Festival
The Kashima Festival is the biggest event of the year for Kashima City. Held in mid-October since 1991, it attracts 150,000 people for a two-day celebration. East Nippon Works Kashima Area has been a member of the steering committee behind the holding of the event since the first festival.
Hosting study sessions （plant tours for fifth-graders）
Since 1978, East Nippon Works Kashima Area invites fifth graders of 51 local elementary schools to a plant tour, as a part of their social studies and for better understanding of ironmaking.
Providing public access to gardens
East Nippon Works Kashima Area provides public access to the Sakura Garden and the Ooka (Cherry Blossom) Park within the works grounds. Within the Sakura Garden, we opened a herb garden, which has become a place for citizens to relax. In Ooka Park, a bunker and a replica of a wartime special attack weapon named "Ooka” are conserved and displayed, to encourage yearning for peace.
East Nippon Works Kashima Area' other programs include the following:
- Science class for elementary school students in Kashima City （Summer festival for children in Kashima City）
- Summer and winter individual plant tours
- Inviting people in welfare facilities to Kashima Antlers football games
- Cleaning of roads surrounding the East Nippon Works Kashima Area
Kansai Works Wakayama Area
Sketch event for local primary school children
With the aim of being a steelworks that has blended with the local community and providing a sense of belonging, from time to time we invite primary school children to sketch scenery within the works grounds, where major facilities have been renewed. The selected pieces are displayed to encourage the children and for appreciation by local residents.
Plant tours during summer vacations
Plant tours during summer vacation are a popular event since 1982, for children and their parents.
Participating in the “Company Forest”
Kansai Works Wakayama Area is participating in the “Company Forest" program for preservation of forest environments in Wakayama Prefecture. This program involves tree planting and other volunteer work with the aim of preserving Wakayama's natural environment by maintaining local forests.
At a 2.52 hectare privately-owned forest we have borrowed in Nakahechi-cho, Tanabe-shi, a project named “Nippon Steel Forest" calls for planting and cultivating approximately 5,000 broad-leaf trees. Daily maintenance is entrusted to the Nakahechi-cho Forest Cooperative, while our employees participate in works such as underbrush cutting.
Cleaning of Isonoura beach
Kansai Works Wakayama Area, together with related companies, participate in cleaning the Isonoura beach before the summer swimming season. As local citizens, we also participate in clean-up activities hosted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, members of the community, and Wakayama City, and cooperate to beautify the environment as a part of awareness-building among employees on service and the environment, and in the spirit of expressing our gratitude for the local environment.
Kansai Works Wakayama Area also engages in other activities such as the Kishu dance event
- （named after the ancient name of the region）.
Kansai Works Amagasaki Area
Participating in the Amagasaki 21st Century Forests Project
In agreement with the objective of Hyogo Prefecture and Amagasaki City that it is vital that "urban development co-exists with the environment where people can enjoy the comfort that comes with living in a natural environment among water and greenery," Kansai Works Amagasaki Area is working at increasing greenery along the roadside of Prefectural Road Amagasaki Port Line and received the first award of the Amagasaki 21st Century Forests Project in July 2009.
Women's Volleyball Festival
After local gyms and other facilities were severely damaged in the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, teachers in Amagasaki City volunteered to launch a women's volleyball festival for junior high school students to cheer up the players, who only had a small practice field. As this event grew in scale, it became harder to operate. Therefore, since 2018, Kansai Works Amagasaki Area has been supporting the operation of this event, holding it as the “Nippon Steel Cup.” Today, approximately 700 players from some 40 teams of junior high schools in Amagasaki City and neighboring cities join in a fierce competition.
Kansai Works Amagasaki Area is also engaged in other initiatives in the Amagasaki area.
- Join the Amagasaki Eki-mae Cleaning Campaign（cleaning campaign for the area surrounding Amagasaki Station）and Uchimizu Daisakusen（water sprinkling competition）in Amagasaki, which are sponsored by Amagasaki City.
- Cleaning the commuting routes near the offices, etc.
Kansai Works Osaka Area
Display panels on the wall of the works, to enhance the landscape
The430-meter wall on the south side of the Kansai Works Osaka Area is being used for display of large photos. In all, 140 photo panels show representative facilities and landscape in Osaka, historical scenes, and industries of local Konohana Ward, among others.
Kansai Works Osaka Area is also engaged in other activities such as cleaning the streets from its nearby JR Ajikawaguchi train station
Kyushu Works Yawata Area
Participating in the Kokura Gion Daiko festival
Kokura Gion Daiko is a local festival which began in 1617 by feudal warlord Hosokawa Tadaoki who built Kokura Castle. The festival was meant to promote this castletown and pray for perfect health of the people. It is said to have imitated the famous Gion Matsuri (festival) of Kyoto. Some employees of Kyushu Works Yawata Area has formed a club to participate in this event.
Kyushu Works Yawata Area is also engaged in other activities such as a clean-up campaign hosted by Kita-Kyushu City and cleaning of the streets surrounding the works.
East Nippon Works Naoetsu Area
Youth baseball team competition
East Nippon Works Naoetsu Area has hosted a local youth baseball team competition since 1994. Every year, about 400 boys compete with one another for a crowning victory and receive enthusiastic cheers from supporters
East Nippon Works Naoetsu Area is also engaged in other activities such as Participating in the Joetsu Festival.
- Volunteering to clean the area across Naoetsu Beach
Kashima Antlers FC
Unique hometown activities in collaboration with the local government
In 2007, we launched the Antlers Hometown Council, whose members are the five cities of Kashima Antlers Hometown (Kashima City, Itako City, Kasumi City, Namegata City and Hokota City) and Ibaraki Prefecture. In keeping with the mission of contributing to society in close cooperation with local communities through sports (J. League 100 Year Vision) and promoting local development, the council plays a central role in the current Hometown activities. For example, they offer Kids Pass, which allows all elementary school students in the Hometown region to watch the games for free, the Hometown elementary school visit program, where the players visit all the elementary schools in the region, and the dietary education caravan program, where similarly, the players visit elementary schools in the region to teach them about diet and exercise. In addition, the council is also engaged in promoting the collaboration between local specialties and sponsor companies, as well as other activities that contribute to local communities.
Nippon Steel Logistics Co., Ltd.
Unabara Volunteer Group
In 1975 Nippon Steel Logistics began to contribute to the local community under the policy of "beautifying the environment to create a bright society." Since then, the Unabara Volunteer Group has conducted a clean-up campaign within the city once a month for over 30 years and its efforts are highly regarded. The group received the Environmental Award of Wakayama Prefecture in 2002.