Providing Support for Victims of a Major Earthquake in Nepal
Citizen Holdings assisted victims of a severe earthquake that shook Nepal in April 2015 by making monetary donations via the United Nations World Food Programme and Plan Japan.
We pray for the earliest possible recovery for people in the affected region.
Support for the Philippines Following Typhoon Haiyan
Citizen Machinery Philippines
Citizen Holdings donated ¥1 million through the United Nations World Food Programme to the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the central Philippines in November 2013, as well as ¥500,000 through Plan Japan. Citizen Machinery Philippines, which is located in the affected area, donated 100,000 Philippine pesos through the ABS-CBN Foundation.
Donations for the Great East Japan Earthquake
We hope for a speedy recovery for everyone who suffered damage during the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Citizen Group has donated ¥100 million through the headquarters of the Japan Red Cross, and Citizen Watch Company of America donated US$50,000 through the American Red Cross. Furthermore, we donated 3,000 Digital Thermometers to the Fukushima Red Cross Hospital.
Donation of Musical Instruments to Elementary and Junior High Schools in Shinchi-machi, Soma District
In February 2012, seeking to support recovery efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, Citizen Watch Group companies Citizen Watch Italy S.P.A. and Citizen Watch Europe G.m.b.H donated a total of 453 musical instruments, including clarinets, brass instruments, and harps, to elementary and junior high schools in Shinchi-machi, a town located in Fukushima’s Soma District, where the Citizen Tohoku Soma Works (currently Citizen Watch Manufacturing) is situated. A commemorative concert was held together with a presentation ceremony for the donation. In fiscal 2015, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra offered music lessons to students who participate in the brass bands at these schools.
As an effort to support the recovery of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Citizen Holdings held the Recovery Market, which featured local specialties from Miyagi and Fukushima. Although the event was held during lunch hours, such items as choice sake and famous confections were sold extremely well. The event was successful in conveying the hopes of Company employees for prompt recovery. Citizen Holdings will continue to hold this event as an opportunity to renew awareness toward disaster-stricken areas that have yet to make a full recovery.
Citizen Group Holds Table Tennis Event
We held a table tennis event for children in Shinchi-cho, where Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Tohoku Soma plant is located. Seeking to contribute to the region's recovery from the disaster, we invited five players from Division 1 of the Japan Table Tennis League to participate, under the slogan "You Can Do It Soma!"
Students from elementary and junior high schools in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures came together at the venue to trade shots with the League players, receive instruction, and watch rapid-fire demonstration matches.
Bringing smiles to the faces of the leaders of the next generation
The Citizen Group is providing support for ARTS for HOPE, an initiative that brings art programs to children in areas affected by the disaster, and the Iwate Mobile Library project being conducted by Shanti Volunteer Association, which seeks to offer a substitute for libraries which were destroyed along the Iwate coast by offering a mobile book lending service focusing on areas of temporary accommodation. A call to Group employees saw us collect 30 boxes of art supplies, including paints, crayons and sketchbooks, and 2,077 near-new books, which have been donated to the organizations running the respective projects.
In July 2012, we again donated drawing materials and implements to ARTS for HOPE.
Support Following Disastrous Floods in Thailand
Royal Time Citi
Citizen Machinery Asia
While the facilities belonging to Royal Time Citi (RTC) and Citizen Machinery Asia (CMA) did not suffer flood damage during the massive floods which occurred in Thailand in 2011, 560 employees were affected.
The homes of 480 employees, or 90% of Royal Time Citi Co.,Ltd. workforce, were flooded, greatly interfering with their day-to-day activities. To support their rapid recovery, the Help Citizen Employees Suffering in the Thai Floods, collected donations, and we also distributed supplies to employee homes by boat.
CMA was forced to suspend operations from October 17 to 21, but recommenced work on the 24th, with all employees working hard to make up the production backlog. Members of the Citizen Machinery Group set up donation boxes in their company canteens, raising a considerable amount of money, which was presented to flood victims individually by Citizen Machinery’s President of those days Kenji Sugimoto, as a token of sympathy, and in appreciation of the efforts of employees who had mounted all-night vigils in order to protect CMA from flooding.