Volunteer Activities by Nikon Employees for Reconstruction of Areas Stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake

Nikon Group supports employees in Japan to participate in volunteer activities in support for reconstruction by newly establishing Leave System for Activities Supporting Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake. 154 Nikon employees participated in volunteer activities in Tohoku throughout the year ending March 2016. A total of 680 employees have participated since the year ending March 2012.

The Coastal Forest Restoration Project (in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture)

Nikon employees participate in the activities held every third Saturday by OISCA. They work together with many volunteers from around the country, stamping and packing the soil around the young trees to protect them from strong wind, covering the area with wood chips, clearing away the underbrush and removing ivy and vine which could hamper the seedling growth.
In the year ending March 2016, a total of 78 Nikon Group employees participated in the activities.

Volunteer members after working
Volunteer members hearing the explanation of the progress of the project

Maguphoto 2016 Kids Workshop (in Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture)

Nikon cosponsored Shiogama Phot Festival in March 2016, as one of supporting Tohoku region activities. Eight Nikon Group employees worked for a kids workshop as volunteer members and assisted children to take photos. The workshop focused on making a model of big tuna using photos (called Maguphoto as tuna is "maguro" in Japanese), in tribute to the fact that Shiogama had one of the main ports for tuna in Japan.
At the two-day long workshop, children in Shiogama took photos with assistance of volunteers to complete a model of tuna.

Participating children and volunteer members
Children in Shiogama City creating a model of tuna
Completed 5-meter- long model

Urato Nanohana Project (in Urato Islands, Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture)

In the year ending March 2016, total of 36 Nikon Group employees did volunteer works for the Urato Nanohana Project hosted by the NPO High-Five. This project plants seeds and cultivates fields throughout the year to restore rapeseed blossom fields (and restore Sendai Chinese Cabbage) that had once been symbolic to the Urato Islands before the earthquake disaster. A total of 81 Nikon Group employees have participated in the project since the fifth term of the year ending March 2014.

Volunteer members after working
Removing weeds
Planting rape seedlings

Interaction with the Computer Club (in Yamamotocho, Watarigun, Miyagi Prefecture)

In the year ending March 2016, total of 26 Nikon Group employees participated in volunteer activities for Yamamoatocho Computer Club in Miyagi Prefecture. The Nikon Group volunteer members instructed photography and personal computer operations. A total of 81 employees had participated in the activities since the year ending March 2012.

Showing how to use a camera
Giving comments on photos
Instructing how to operate a personal computer

Our Past Volunteer Activities

In the Year Ending March 2015

During April 2014 to March 2015, we focused on providing "face to face supports," and tried to do continuous activities or series of activities if possible.

Supporting the Reunion Camps for Elementary and Junior High School Students (in Fukushima Prefecture)

Five Nikon Group employees worked as volunteer members in the overnight Reunion Camps held by the Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization, Fukushima University for Fukushima's elementary and junior high school students, who were evacuated from their hometowns.

In the Year Ending March 2014

During April 2013 to March 2014, we arranged buses to carry Nikon Group employees to various areas for volunteer works.

Assistance for Hot-Air Balloon Festival 2013 (in Wataricho, Miyagi Prefecture)
Assistance for Jodogahama Beach Sanma Festival (in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture)
Farm Assistance (inYamamotocho, Miyagi Prefecture)

In the Year Ending March 2013

During April 2012 to March 2013, we focused on ascertaining changing needs of the affected areas, far from us, in the first half year, and employees started actual actions in the second half of the year.

Assistance for a Photography Class (in Yamadamachi, Shimoheigun, Iwate Prefecture)
Support of a Festival Held in an Elementary School (in Yamamotocho, Miyagi Prefecture)
Rubble Removal from Farmland and Farmland Clean-Up (in Shichigahamacho, Miyagi Prefecture)

In the Year Ending March 2012

April 2011 to March 2012

City Area Clean-Up (in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture)
Support of the Fishery Operation (in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture)