Support for recovery from the Kumamoto Earthquake
The CITIZEN Group donated JPY 10 million to “Japan Platform” (NPO) to help restore the disaster-stricken area and to provide relief to those who suffered from the earthquake that occurred in Kumamoto and Oita in April 2016. As the initial activity fund for NGOs carrying out various post-disaster, on-site activities (medical support, shelter support, home-visit bath service, etc.), this contribution aided in early recovery.
In addition, after confirming what kinds of supplies were needed in Kumamoto City, we sent a batch of supplies as emergency aid, water stocked by several offices, and other items to the City.
Support for recovery from damage caused by Typhoon No. 10 in Hokkaido
Some locations in Hokkaido were seriously affected by Typhoon No. 10 when it struck in the late August 2016, and the damage was especially severe in eastern and northern Hokkaido. In their first experience as disaster volunteers, employees from CITIZEN YUBARI gathered and drove approximately two hours by cars from the city of Yubari to participate in disaster rescue in the town of Minamifurano. Nearly every weekend several employees volunteered from September to October and helped with the recovery by forming a bucket brigade to clear mud that had flowed under the eaves of houses, tidying up and cleaning muddy household belongings, and picking up debris washed into fields by the overflowing river.
Support for the Earthquake in Nepal
CITIZEN WATCH made a donation with our prayer for quick recovery in the disaster-stricken area, through the UN World Food Program and Plan International Japan to help recovery from the damage incurred by the major earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015.
Support for recovery from damage caused by Typhoon No. 30 (Haiyan) in the Philippines
CITIZEN MACHINERY PHILIPPINES
The then CITIZEN WATCH made a donation through the UN World Food Program and Plan International Japan to help recovery from the damage incurred by Typhoon No. 30 that hit central Philippines in November 2013. In addition, CITIZEN MACHINERY PHILIPPINES, which is located in the same area as the Typhoon struck, contributed PHP 100,000 through the ABS-CBN fund.
A watch workshop in a disaster-stricken area
Tohoku Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING
In June 2013, employees from CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING’sTohoku Plant went to the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture and held a watch workshop there. Work such as painting clock faces and assembling watch hands provided an opportunity for elementary school students, who live in a fishing town and have little chance to come into contact with “monodzukuri (manufacturing)”, to understand the enjoyment of manufacturing.
Donations for the Great East Japan Earthquake
Each Companies of CITIZEN Group
Hoping for a speedy recovery for everyone who suffered damage during the Great East Japan Earthquake,the CITIZEN Group has donated JPY100 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, namelyCITIZEN WATCH ITALY and CITIZEN WATCH EUROPE, donated a total of 453 musical instruments, including those for fife-and-drum bands, clarinets, horns, and harps, to elementary and junior high schools in Shinchi-machi. The town is located in Soma District of Fukushima Pref., where the CITIZENTohoku Soma Plant (currentlyCITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING) is situated. A commemorative concert was held together with a presentation ceremony for the donation. In FY2016, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra offered music lessons to students who participate in the brass band at Shoei Junior High School.
Donation of a clock monument to JR Shinchi Station, Soma District, Fukushima Prefecture
Tohoku Soma Plant, CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING
The JR Shinchi Station (Joban Line) and the surrounding area, where CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING’sTohoku Soma Plant is nearby located, were devastated by the huge tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. However, reconstruction work raised the tract of land by four meters, and the station reopened with a new building on December 10, 2016 on a site 300m southwest of the old train station. With the cooperation of CITIZEN WATCH and CITIZEN T.I.C., CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING donated a clock monument on January 30, 2017 that stands in the traffic circle in front of the station. The radio-controlled clock monument, which uses solar power, stands five meters high and has three clock faces so that the time can be seen from all directions.
As an effort to support the recovery of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, CITIZEN WATCH held the Recovery Market, which featured local specialties from Iwate, following the previous markets of Miyagi and Fukushima. Although the event was held during lunch hours, such items as high-quality sake and famous confections were sold extremely well. The event was successful in conveying the hopes of our employees for prompt recovery. We 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
CITIZEN WATCH 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 the First Division of the Japan Table Tennis League to participate, under the slogan "We Can Do It, Soma!"
Students from elementary and junior high schools in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures came together at the venue to practice services and smashes with the League players, receive instruction, and watch rapid-fire demonstration matches.