ERJ staff report (TP)
Tokyo – Yokohama Rubber said on 28 May it will use some five million yen (€36,000) in anonymous donations received in support of reconstruction from March 2011’s 'Great East Japan Earthquake' and tsunami disaster.
The company also plans to use the funds to defray costs related to the various company-approved volunteer activities of its employees.
Uses of the donated funds include:
Provision of tires to a local fisheries cooperative that welcomed company employees who volunteered to help on Oshima Island in Kessennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. In January 2014, Yokohama donated studless tires to enable the cooperative to transport oysters during the winter season.
In the days immediately following the earthquake, employees of Yokohama’s Mie plant rallied in support of the severely affected town of Onagawa – delivering supplies and engaging in other activities. The Mie plant employees continue to provide support for Onagawa, through monetary donations and continued participation in on-site restoration work.
Iwate Prefecture’s Otsuchi is one of many communities that suffered extensive damage from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. As part of its disaster restoration plan, the town is creating a protective green belt, called the “Chinkon no Mori” to mitigate damage from future tsunamis. In support of this project, Yokohama held a tree-planting event in the town in 2011. This year, on 19 April, Yokohama held its third tree planting event (now called the “Heisei Forest” tree planting).
In addition to the above, Yokohama employees participate in a wide variety of volunteer activities – including nursing care support for the aged and disabled, assistance for child welfare organisations and foreign residents of Japan, beautification of the environment and preservation of nature, and other support programs.
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Press release from Yokohama Rubber