Social Contribution Activities
Assisting the "Support Project for Improving Waste Management" sponsored by JICA (*1)
- Japan International Cooperation Agency
Our company has been assisting the Kansai International Center of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in conducting their "The Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative Solid Waste Management (J-PRISM)."
On July 1, 2013, a training course entitled the "Manufacturers' Guidelines for Operation and Maintenance of Refuse Compactors" was held at the Special Purpose Truck Division of our Hiroshima Plant.
This training is part of the "J-PRISM" implemented by JICA since 2010 involving 11 countries in Oceania. From the first year, we have supported this effort, which aims to improve the administrative capabilities of government and municipal officials connected to waste management issues in each country. This year, 14 government and municipal officials from nine countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Maldives, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu) took part in the training and lectures enthusiastically.
A participant remarked, "Up till now, we've just been using refuse compactors given to us. But we have gained understanding by attending the training today, how necessary daily cleaning and regular maintenance (with insight into the mechanism) of the valuable refuse compactors are, in order to ensure their longevity. Promoting the sorting and collecting of trash separately as Japan does would also be a good agenda to take home. One day when our country prospers economically, we would like to purchase ShinMaywa refuse compactors."
Overview of Training
In the morning, the participants learned about various types of refuse compactors, their mechanisms and received instructions for their maintenance.
After being informed for the first time about different types of refuse compactors, such as the "rotary blade type" and "compression type," a lively question-and-answer session followed about which types are suitable for various trash.
Practical training was held in the afternoon. By eagerly and repeatedly asking questions, the participants acquired much knowledge.
Participants gave numerous positive feedback about having the chance to practice actual operations.
At the end of the training, Mr. Isilei (Mr. FAKAILOATONGA Isileli Tupou), the leader from Tonga, expressed his gratitude: "We greatly appreciate all the effort put into the training and lectures, and thank you for letting us observe the manufacturing process also. Today marks a new beginning for us. We will never forget this special occasion of acquiring valuable knowledge and receiving training. If our nations can afford it, we would like to purchase refuse compactors from ShinMaywa. Whether this happens or not, we will keep in touch with our trainers and utilize all we have learned for the development of our nations. We sincerely appreciate everything you did for us today."
Kawanishi Memorial ShinMaywa Education Foundation
Our former board member, Hajime Kawanishi, established this educational support foundation in 1992. At the time, many overseas students, especially from Asian countries, could not concentrate on academic studies due to unstable economic conditions. Concerned with their dilemma, Mr. Kawanishi established scholarships for overseas Asian students studying at universities or graduate schools in Hyogo Prefecture where our headquarters are located. Based on our corporate philosophy advocating technology, research aid activities were also started at universities and graduate schools in Hyogo promoting the development of science and technology. This was the start of the "Kawanishi Memorial ShinMaywa Education Foundation." In full agreement with its purpose, ShinMaywa Industries made an initial investment at its founding and has donated a set amount of working capital every year.
Outline of the "Kawanishi Memorial ShinMaywa Education Foundation"
- 1-1 Shinmeiwa-cho, Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo 665-8550, Japan
- September 22, 1992
(Acquisition date of permission by Hyogo Prefecture Board of Education)
- 1.Provide scholarships and information to overseas students from Asian countries studying at universities or graduate schools in Hyogo Prefecture.
2.Provide subsidies for science and technology research conducted at universities in Hyogo Prefecture
(in fiscal year 2013)
- 1.Number of students receiving scholarships: 5 (total 110)
2.Number of researches receiving subsidies: 5 (total 84)