Working in Harmony with Local Communities

At each of its business sites, the Mitsui Chemicals Group believes that relationships of trust, based on close-knit relations with everyone in the local area, are crucial to the normal and stable operation of its businesses. The Group thus provides opportunities for communication with everyone in the vicinity of its facilities.

Local Communication at Each Business Site

At each of our business sites, we invite local residents living in the vicinity to opinion exchange meetings and tours of our facilities. At the opinion exchange meetings, we provide an overview of the works and showcase our efforts to protect the environment, safety initiatives and activities designed to contribute to society. Lively discussions have ensued from residents living in the vicinity of our facilities speaking about their day-to-day feelings and any requests they have.
The comments and opinions received through communications with neighborhood communities are reflected in the management of our business sites as appropriate.

Examples of community exchange

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Ichihara Works
Name (Number of Events) Those for Whom Events Organized Details
Autumn Festival* Local residents
  • Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry
  • Events on the stage
  • Kids Corner (playground equipment)
Works Tour* Local women's association
  • Summarized explanation of the Works
  • Works tour
Opinion Exchange Meeting (Once) Local neighborhood town council officers
  • Summarized explanation of the Works
  • Works tour
  • A meeting to exchange opinions
Publication of Local Communication Magazine “Chigusa” (Twice) Local residents
  • Introduction of initiatives conducted in the Works
  • Gathering voices (opinions) from local residents and introducing them

*Not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mobara Branch Factory
Name (Number of Events) Those for Whom Events Organized Details
Fureai Park* Local neighborhood council officers
  • Various stage shows
  • A meeting to exchange opinions
Opinion Exchange Meetings* Local neighborhood council officers
  • Summarized explanation of the Works
  • Works and Technology Training Center tours
  • A meeting to exchange opinions (About environmental protection and process safety as well as disaster prevention initiatives, dialogue with local communities, etc.)

*Not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nagoya Works
Name (Number of Events) Those for Whom Events Organized Details
Works Tour*1 Children's clubs from neighboring school districts, officers from neighboring school districts
  • Works tour
  • Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry
Autumn Festival*1 Local residents
  • Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry
  • Events on the stage
Publication of Local Communication Magazine “Tango Dohri” (Twice) Local residents
  • Introduction of initiatives conducted in Works
  • Gathering voices (opinions) from local residents and introducing them
Environmental Dialogue with Local Residents (Once)*2 Officers from neighboring school districts
Minami Ward Office, Nagoya
  • Environmental Dialogue with Local Residents

*1Not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

*2Replaced with written forms in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osaka Works
Name (Number of Events) Those for Whom Events Organized Details
Works Tour* Children's clubs from neighboring school districts, officers from neighboring school districts, local elementary schools
  • Summarized explanation of the Works
  • Explanation on such matters as environmental protection and disaster prevention initiatives
  • Works tour
  • A meeting to exchange opinions
  • Fire fighting facility and Works tour
  • Simple hands-on laboratory class on chemistry
Local dialogue on Responsible Care* Related parties of local government and various organizations
  • Local dialogue on Responsible Care
  • Summarized explanation of the Works
  • Explanation on initiatives for Responsible Care
  • Works tour
  • A meeting to exchange opinions
Publication of Local Communication Magazine “Takashinohama” (Twice) Local residents
  • Introduction of initiatives conducted in the Works
  • Gathering voices (opinions) from local residents and introducing them

*Not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iwakuni-Ohtake Works
Name (Number of Events) Those for Whom Events Organized Details
Opinion Exchange Meetings*1 Heads of local neighborhood councils and those in charge of volunteer disaster response organizations
  • Sending materials on Works Topics, environmental protection and disaster prevention initiatives
  • Received opinions and requests for the Works and reviewed in the Company. After the review, sending the result as a report
Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry*2 Local elementary schools
  • Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry
Autumn Festival*2 Local residents
  • Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry
  • Events on the stage
Publication of Local Communication Magazine “Ozegawa” (Twice) Local residents
  • Introduction of initiatives conducted in the Works
  • Gathering voices (opinions) from local residents and introducing them

*1Replaced with written forms in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

*2Not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Omuta Works
Name (Number of Events) Those for Whom Events Organized Details
Opinion Exchange Meetings (4 times in August) Related parties of local government
  • Works overview and explanation on social contribution activities
  • Explanation on initiatives against natural disasters
  • Explanation of Technology Training at the Works and participation in hands-on training
  • A meeting to exchange opinions
Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry (Once) Local elementary schools
  • Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry*
Publication of Local Communication Magazine “Toukayama” (Twice) Local residents
  • Introduction of initiatives conducted in the Works
  • Gathering voices (opinions) from local residents and introducing them

*Held in an environment fully protected against COVID-19.

Sodegaura Center
Name (Number of Events) Those for Whom Events Organized Details
Summer Festival* Related parties of local neighborhood council, neighborhood companies, municipal office
  • Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry
  • Events on the stage
Opinion Exchange Meetings (Twice) Related parties of municipal office and police station
  • Explanation of Center and tour
  • A meeting to exchange opinions

*Not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting to exchange opinions at Mobara Branch Factory
Meeting to exchange opinions at Mobara Branch Factory
Meeting to exchange opinions at Nagoya Works
Meeting to exchange opinions at Nagoya Works
Meeting to exchange opinions at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works
Meeting to exchange opinions at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works
Autumn Festa at Omuta Works
Autumn Festa at Omuta Works
Meeting to exchange opinions at Sodegaura Center
Meeting to exchange opinions at Sodegaura Center

Local Contribution by Business Sites

Each of our business sites is actively involved in local community activities as a corporate citizen.

Junior rubber baseball tournament at Osaka Works
Junior rubber baseball tournament at Osaka Works
市原工場 Clean-up activities around Ichihara Works(FY2019)
Clean-up activities around Ichihara Works (FY2019)

Donating beach wheelchairs to a tourist site

Aiming to achieve MCRC 2030 Goals*, Chemours-Mitsui Fluoroproducts Co., Ltd. has taken on a new challenge to constantly increase its corporate value. Towards achieving this goal, the Company donated two beach wheelchairs to MIHO SHIRUBE, the Miho no Matsubara Culture & Creativity Center in Shizuoka City. The Company’s Shimizu Works is located in the vicinity of a World Heritage Site, Miho-no-Matsubara, a pine grove on the Miho Peninsula. Elderly people and wheelchair users could visit only a limited area in the grove as it is situated on a sandy beach. Our beach wheelchairs offer an opportunity for a greater number of visitors to enjoy the scenic views from various seaside locations.

*MCRC 2030 Goals:
Mitsui-Chemours Corporate Responsibility Commitment (MCRC) 2030 Goals are the ESG-related goals that Chemours-Mitsui Fluoroproducts Co., Ltd. is committed to achieving by fiscal 2030.

Improving the Educational Environment for Children in India (Mitsui Chemicals India and Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites India)

Aiming to cultivate future talents in local communities, Mitsui Chemicals India (MCIND) is continuously working to improve the educational environment for local children, such as by providing clean drinking water and various educational programs, and promoting sports and culture. In fiscal 2019, the Company offered CCTV cameras in a primary school to improve the safety of children and women in the area. One of our affiliates, Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites India (ACI) directly delivered a blackboard, clothes, and shoes to a local agricultural village after studying their educational needs. The company deepened exchanges with the community residents and children who gathered to receive the goods.

地域児童と交流するACIの事業責任者
ACI’s business manager talking with local children

Cultural Preservation through the Farewell Project for Coal Railway

Mitsui Chemicals held the Farewell Project for Coal Railway as a part of our cultural preservation activities. The project was organized to celebrate the century-long service of the Mitsui Chemicals Exclusive Railway (formerly the Miike Coal Mine Railway), which was used to convey raw materials to Omuta Works until the railway’s closure in May 2020. With this project, we worked to capture the legacy of the trains for the future.
The former Miike Coal Mine Railway was familiarly known as the “coal mine train” to people living in Omuta City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Its service, lasting more than 100 years, is well remembered as a part of the scenery of the town, running through the streets carrying goods and people. A large part of the railway became disused following the closure of the Mitsui Miike Coal Mine in 1997. Only one section that spanned 1.8 km and the cars in use at that time remained in operation as an industrial railway for Mitsui Chemicals. The remains of the Miike Coal Mine Railway was registered as one of the Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution under UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 2015.
In the Farewell Project for Coal Railway, films were created to memorialize the railway as an asset to the local landscape and were donated to Omuta City and related bodies. Also, the sounds of the working train were recorded and archived as ASMR* sound generator and made publicly available to a wide range of audience. Unfortunately, the ceremony planned to celebrate the train’s final run and the movie premiere had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the last day of the railway’s operation, we presented a bouquet of flowers to Miike Port Logistics Corporation’s staff, who have been carefully maintaining the trains and rails and ensuring safe operations, to thank them and the trains that worked over such a long time. The ceremony to mark the final run was rescheduled as a smaller scale event on July 31, 2021, with a limited number of attendees as a precaution against risks from COVID-19.
Aiming to be a corporation open to local communities, the Mitsui Chemicals Group values the culture built together in harmony with people in the neighborhood.

*ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a response or sensation that a person feels from audio or visual stimulation, resulting in a pleasant or positive feeling in the brain.

Presentation of a memorial video to the Mayor of Omuta 
Presentation of a memorial video to the Mayor of Omuta 
The last day of operation
The last day of operation
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