Local Table Tennis Networking Events with Professional Players (2008 to present)
The Citizen Table Tennis Club holds table tennis lessons and networking events every year at cities across Japan where the Group’s offices are located. In fiscal 2015, the club visited Kitakami, in Iwate, where Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Tohoku Kitakami Plant is situated, and Kawajima, in Hiki-gun in Saitama, where Citizen Logistics Service Co., Ltd., is based. Local students and table tennis enthusiasts participated in the networking events, welcoming the opportunity to witness the skills of top-level table tennis players and actually compete with them. Participant comments included, “I was extremely happy to have the chance to experience first-hand table tennis techniques that I had not seen before.” These events are held to communicate the fun of sports through table tennis and deepen the Citizen Table Tennis Club’s exchange with the local community.
Support for the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
Citizen Yubari sends its employees to volunteer at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, which is hosted by the city of Yubari in Hokkaido. The festival began in 1990 with the purpose of revitalizing the local community. Today, the festival helps discover and support up-and-coming filmmakers and promotes cultural exchange between various countries through film. In doing so, the festival aims to improve the quality of film entertainment by providing an opportunity for city residents, filmmakers, and tourists to meet and communicate with each other.
Sponsorship of the Iida Yamabiko March (2012 to present)
Iida Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing
Every year in April, the city of Iida holds a walking event called the Iida Yamabiko March. Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Iida Plant has been sponsoring this event in the hope of creating a healthier lifestyle for the many people who gather from across the country to participate in the event.
Activities to Protect Traditional Culture
Yoshida Fire Festival
Head Office and Kawaguchiko Office, Citizen Finedevice
Kawaguchiko Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing
By actively taking part in local traditional events, the Citizen Group is working to deepen its exchange with and revitalize local communities. The Yoshida Fire Festival is held every year at the end of August in the city of Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi. The festival — known as one of the three major // most “unusual festivals” in Japan — is held to give thanks to the safety of mountain climbers who climb Mt. Fuji. At the festival, about 80 large pine torches made from scrap timber are burned, turning the city’s landscape into a sea of flames. In addition to supplying pine torches for the festival, the Citizen Group cooperates in various other ways, such as assisting those who organize and sponsor the festival and helping to carry portable shrines.
Support for the 2016 Setouchi Triennale
In fiscal 2013, Tokyo Bijutsu formed the Tokyo Bijutsu Volunteer Team (TVT), which volunteers at art festivals held across Japan. Through these volunteer activities, members of TVT have experienced and been moved by contemporary art. These activities also allow TVT members to gain an appreciation for protecting the beauty of nature and to interact with the people they meet at various art festivals. Among these festivals, TVT has been enthusiastic about continuously participating in the management of Setouchi Triennale, rather than only providing temporary assistance. Accordingly, from fiscal 2016, Tokyo Bijutsu has become an official sponsor of the Setouchi Triennale. Going forward, Tokyo Bijutsu will continue to work vigorously to support art festivals and engage in activities that raise the morale of each of its employees.
Participation in “Zokkon Saku City” (2012 to present)
Miyota Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing
Employees of Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Miyota Plant participate in “Zokkon Saku City,” an industrial trade fair sponsored by the Saku Chamber of Commerce and Industry that is held every year at the beginning of October. At the trade fair, employees host a hands-on event geared toward the general public entitled “Build Your Own Original Wrist Watch.” The event explains the mechanisms of a wrist watch and has participants try their hand at assembling one. Participants can also design the face of the watch as they please, which allows them to create their own one-of-a-kind wrist watch. As such, the event is extremely popular among children. Citizen Watch Manufacturing hopes that participants in the event are able to get a sense of the excitement manufacturing has to offer.
Sponsorship of Greening Projects in Miyotamachi (2011 to present)
Miyota Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing
Miyotamachi, a town in Nagano, sponsors the Midori Exhibition, which is held every year just before the Golden Week holiday. In 2015, Citizen Watch Manufacturing donated 100 Japanese snowbell trees to the exhibition. In order to protect and preserve an environment full of greenery for future generations, Miyotamachi conducts a variety of other environmental conservation activities in which employees of the Miyota Plant participate. Going forward, employees of the plant will continue to participate in such activities as part of efforts targeting “cooperation with local communities” and “greening and beautification,” which are themes found in Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s environmental activity policy.
Blood Donation Activities in Thailand
Royal Time Citi, Citizen Machinery Asia.
Royal Time Citi Co., Ltd., has held blood drives since fiscal 2008.