Initiatives Contributing to Society

Training and Education

Technology Training Sessions at Schools for the Disabled

Iida Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

Technology Training Sessions at Schools for the Disabled

Since 2002, we have cooperated with Iida Special Need Education School to offer regularly scheduled technical training sessions in watch manufacturing. In addition to hiring many graduates, we have also increased the students' interest in working by means of these training sessions and helped them assume their place in society.

Experiential Workshop in Watch Assembly for Parents and Children

Iida Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

Experiential Workshop in Watch Assembly for Parents and Children

The company aims to raise awareness of youths responsible for the next generation toward work, by increasing interest in monodzukuri through learning about local companies. As a part of “the Super Science Promotion Project” for training youth in the city of Iida, we have conducted a program, "You are the master worker of the future," every year since 2007.

Work Support to Children in Child Protection Facilities

CITIZEN WATCH
CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

Work Support to Children in Child Protection Facilities

In the past,CITIZEN WATCH has provided work experience for junior high school students living in children’s homes through an NPO called Bridge For Smile. Our assembly and disassembly workshops had the participated childrenlearned “enjoyment of Monodzukuri” through experiences on “what is to work,” and “what kinds of work exist.” We also created the workshop programs as setting the stage for children to think about their futures through exchanges with our employees. For our employees as instructors, the workshop became an opportunity to understand social issues such as that there are numbers of children who live in the facilities and that children must leave the facilities and live by themselves at the age of 18. We make efforts to continue this initiative to realize a society where all children can have their dreams and hopes.

Quality management workshops held at local high schools

Kawaguchiko Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

Quality management workshops held at local high schools in Kawaguchiko
Quality management workshops held at local high schools in Kawaguchiko

High schools in the neighborhood of the CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING Kawaguchiko Plant have been designated the prefecture’s target schools for a “project to improve the practical technical skills of students in industrial high schools.” Local companies and government have partnered to develop an educational program for cultivating industrial workers in the project with the aim of contributing to regional vitalization and employment in local companies. As a part of this program, since FY2015, the Watch School at Kawaguchiko Plant has provided the 3-hour intensive lecture, “Quality Management in Manufacturing,” and has played a role in helping high school students gain practical knowledge.

Factory Tours

Tohoku Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

Factory Tours

As part of its social contribution efforts, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING offers factory tours of its Tohoku Plant to children and other local community members with placing emphasis on helping them become more interested in “Monodzukuri,” as one of its social contribution activities With the cooperation of the city of Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, these tours are promoted on the city’s website and local companies’ guide book. In addition to visitors from Kitakami, the tours are attracting visitors from cities all over Iwate. In FY2016, a total of 454 people visited the plant.

Take-Your-Child-to-Work Day

CITIZEN ELECTRONICS

Take-Your-Child-to-Work Day

Every year, to coincide with schools’ summer holidays, CITIZEN ELECTRONICS holds “Take-Your-Child-to-Work Day” for the children of its employees. As an effort related to the Law for Measures to Support the Development of the Next Generation, “Take-Your-Child-to-Work Day” was held for the 11th time in 2015. The day event offers a variety of activities that help deepen the bond between parent and child and convey the excitement of manufacturing to children, including a make-your-own lamp activity using packaging for LED lighting, the mainstay product of CITIZEN ELECTRONICS; an educational tour of the company, which includes a quiz; and lunch in the employee cafeteria. The event is always a great success, with a large number of employee family members participating every year.

Workplace Experience Lesson to Cultivate the Next Generation

Tohoku Kitakami Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

Workplace Experience Lesson to Cultivate the Next Generation

For having fourth-year to sixth-year elementary school children in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, experience work and social life, employees at CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING’s Tohoku Kitakami Plant have been participated in “Oni Job Fair for Kids,” an event that aims to teach children about society while having them enjoy games and other activities, since 2013. At these events, employees provided children the chance to experience the working environment of various professions, including firefighters, pastry chefs, and beauty consultants. Employees also run a booth where children can learn about the assembly of watches, thereby helping them increase their knowledge of watches and experience The excitement and complexity of watch manufacturing. Going forward, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING will continue to participate in “Oni Job Fair for Kids” in order to have local children gain an interest in watches and their manufacture.

SouSouChildren’s Science Fair

Tohoku Soma Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

SouSouChildren’s Science Fair

TheSouSouChildren’s Science Fair 2016 was held on December 10, 2016, in the town of Minamisoma, Fukushima. The SouSou Children’s Science Fair is an interactive event that aims to teach children about scientific technology, manufacturing, and local culture in a fun and playful manner. Since 2014, employees of CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING’s Tohoku Soma Plant have been running an exhibit at this event. Children who visited the exhibit participated in “one wrist watch for the whole world,” an activity where they paint a picture freely on theface of a clock. On the day of the event, employees were able to observe children participating in the activity in a serious yet joyful manner, seeing their smiles as they felt a sense of accomplishment after completing their watches. Through workplace experiences and interactive events, such as the SouSou Children’s Science Fair, employees of CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING’s Tohoku Soma Plant will continue to deepen their exchange with local residents and contribute to the local community.

Career lecture for local high school students

Kawaguchiko Office, CITIZEN FINEDEVICE

CITIZEN FINEDEVICE Kawaguchiko Office sends staff to lecture meetings on career counseling at local high schools to speak about mentally preparing oneself for employment as a working adult. This year, the lecture meeting was led by a graduate of a local high school who joined CITIZEN FINEDEVICE the previous year. He talked about his experiences, including the harsh realities of employment and what he learned daily during the first year of employment as a working adult. Students in the audience shared their thoughts, saying that being able to hear a graduate’s experiences was helpful, and that they also want to do their best to become a worthy member of society.

Technology Classes at a Special Needs School in Iida

Iida Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

Technology Classes at a Special Needs School in Iida

CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING’s Iida Plant cooperates with a local special needs school to implement a series of classes for second-year high school students by using technology of watch manufacturing. Employees visit the school from April through August in every year to conduct a total of five classes of technical guidance including assembling finished watches as provided at CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING’s Watch School. Guided by the idea that “there are ways to support students other than simply employing them,”we have supported 10 to 20 students every year and provided the basic skills of watch manufacturing. In FY2011, these initiatives were recognized through “the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award program,”and we received the Excellence Prize in the Youth Support Division.

Science Handicraft Workshop for Children

Iida Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING

Science Handicraft Workshop for Children

The Science Handicraft Workshop for Children is an event sponsored by Iida City, the Iida City Museum, and the Nagano Techno Foundation and is held four times a year. CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING’s Iida Plant sends employees to conduct a course at the event that offers participants an opportunity to experience the joy and excitement of manufacturing. Furthermore, the “Company Products and Technological Capabilities” section of the course introduces products manufactured locally by CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING that boast worldwide popularity. This section is especially popular with the children who participate in the course.