Sponsorship of Marathons and Long-Distance Relays
By leveraging the trusted time measurement technology it possesses as a watch manufacturer, Citizen Watch supports the official timing of marathons and long-distance relays. Citizen Watch uses an automatic measuring device to sense an IC chip that is attached to the number worn on a runner’s chest. The device conveys in real time the runner’s time to television stations via the Internet, where it is then displayed on live broadcasts.
Table Tennis Lessons and Networking Events Hosted by the Citizen Table Tennis Club
The Citizen Table Tennis Club is part of the professional league for table tennis in Japan. The club holds table tennis lessons and networking events across Japan, with a majority of these events being held in the club’s hometown of Nishi-Tokyo. The club’s players work diligently to build friendships with local community members through table tennis and to have an even greater number of people gain an appreciation for the sport. Participants in the club’s various events have made such enthusiastic comments as, “I improved my skill a great deal through these lessons” and “I hope that the club comes to my town again.” In fiscal 2015, the club held 18 events, with more than 1,200 people participating.
Citizen Table Tennis Club
Sponsorship of the Japan Deaf Table Tennis Champion Series
On December 26, 2015, Citizen Holdings sponsored the Japan Deaf Table Tennis Championship Series. As a company with a professional table tennis club, Citizen Holdings will continue to support this event in order to promote sports for the deaf in Japan and overseas.
Soccer Camp for Children in Beijing
In July 2015, Bulova Corporation hosted and was the main sponsor of a week-long soccer camp for children living in poverty in Beijing. The camp was hosted in collaboration with Global Sports Partners, Inc. At the camp, 110 children, aged 8 to 14, were instructed by a professional soccer coach on the campus of the Beijing Institute of Technology. The camp provided an opportunity for children to learn how to work as a team and respect each other’s feelings while stressing the importance of hard work and honesty. At the camp’s conclusion, all of the children who participated received a soccer ball, a soccer uniform, and a trophy. Bulova, which has retail stores in various locations in China, will continue to conduct this activity in order to contribute to local communities and improve its brand value.
Involvement with Local Students
- Health Support Foundation
The Health Support Foundation is an organization involved in activities to promote health in the daily lives of Nishi-Tokyo’s residents. The foundation carries out its activities under a city health promotion plan comprising the five key themes of “understanding health,” “food and nutrition,” “exercise and sports,” “mental health and recreation,” and “learning and creation.”
“Curling Future Project — From Nagano to around the World”
Citizen Watch Manufacturing
Through the sponsorship of the “Curling Future Project — From Nagano to around the World,” implemented by the Sports Community (SC) Karuizawa Club, Citizen Holdings is working to promote athletic competition, develop young athletes, and strengthen top-class sports teams across Japan. In these ways, the Company is engaging in efforts with local communities to create an environment for local sports that can be passed on to the next generation.
· Providing support to strengthen the SC Karuizawa Club (Japan’s national curling team) · Supporting the development of a junior curling team, beginning fiscal 2016 · Opening the Curling Academy · Hosting junior curling competitions (Citizen U21 Karuizawa Junior Challenge Cup)