Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Support
We continue to support the disaster region by responding to the needs of the local residents. Our employees participate in volunteer work through the Disaster Area Recovery Support by Toyota Group, and we back specially designated guidance classrooms and study halls for children living in temporary housing and disaster region towns.
Basketball team hosts charity event
Since 2011, company basketball team Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles Nagoya (member of the NBDL) has held fund-raising activities to support the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In April 2015, the team solicited donations during an event with fans in its home city of Nagoya which included a charity game with elementary and junior high school students. More than ￥70,000 was raised during the event, and including the approximately ￥240,000 raised during the 2014-2015 season, the team has donated more than ￥310,000 through the Japan Basketball Association to support the recovery of disaster regions.
Participating in the Disaster Area Recovery Support by Toyota Group
Since June 2011, three months after the earthquake, employees of 16 companies from the Toyota group and related companies have volunteered to support recovery efforts in the Kesen region of Iwate Prefecture (covering Ofunato City, Rikuzentakata City, Sumita Town). Through fiscal 2014, a total of about 650 volunteers had made 37 trips to the region to take part in various recovery activities. In consideration of how local needs have changed since the disaster, the fiscal 2014 activities were focused on personal exchanges, company skills and future outlooks, promoting tourism, and rejuvenating cultural activities. In keeping with these aims, volunteers held exchange events with people living in temporary housing, led toy car making classes, and helped with summer festivals in local communities.
Supporting children's education in Sumita Town, Iwate Prefecture
Toyota Tsusho Labor Union and Toyota Tsusho are jointly supporting specially designated guidance classrooms operated by the town of Sumita in Iwate Prefecture. Sumita started the classrooms to provide emotional care and a supportive academic environment to children who relocated to the town's temporary housing from disaster areas in Ofunato and Rikuzentakata. Although the number of students commuting from the temporary housing areas has declined recently, the town continues to provide special guidance to closely monitor all students as their total numbers decline. The Toyota Tsusho Labor Union and Toyota Tsusho plan to continue supporting these efforts to provide academic assistance to children as part of disaster recovery support.