Social Contribution Activities

Disaster Relief

Whenever a major disaster occurs, we make every effort to engage in relief activities and provide support for social and charitable organizations, making the most of our strengths and unique characteristics as a company.

Disaster Relief Activities

Our disaster relief activities here at Mitsui Chemicals originated from suggestions submitted by employees, who wanted to help those affected by earthquakes and other major disasters by providing them with useful Mitsui Chemicals products. In fiscal 2009, we set up warehouses to store relief supplies at two of our sites – the Iwakuni-Ohtake Works (Yamaguchi Prefecture) to cover West Japan and the Mobara Branch Factory (Chiba Prefecture) to cover East Japan – and put in place the necessary framework to send out supplies upon request from local governments and other such organizations. We currently have stockpiles of items such as urethane mattresses (cushioned materials to lay on the floors of gymnasiums being used as evacuation shelters), waterproof tarps (to cover buildings damaged by water or landslides), and air cushions (for use at evacuation shelters) at both of these warehouses and are ready to send them out whenever necessary.

As well as the support sent to the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, emergency relief supplies were also forwarded to areas stricken by flooding and landslides after the torrential rains in eastern Japan caused the Kinu River to burst its banks. In an effort to provide support to people suffering in the wake of large-scale disasters and to play a role in the recovery of disaster-stricken areas, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is collaborating with various organizations including NPOs. In addition to the delivery of the Company’s products to evacuation shelters in Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture, many staff participated in volunteer activities.

Looking ahead, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is committed to providing relief that closely fits the needs of people in affected areas in the event of a disaster. In order to fulfill this commitment, the Group will work hand-in-hand with organizations including NPOs and promote the prompt delivery of emergency supplies the local authorities actually require.

Air cushion:
Developed by Wako Plastic Industry Co., Ltd. in response to comments from people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, air cushions provide an alternative to pillows, conventional cushions, and matrasses. Boasting a host of features, air cushions provide sound protection and comfort against the hard and cold floors of evacuation shelters. Made from the polyethylene EVOLUE™ material manufactured by Prime Polymer Co., Ltd., a Mitsui Chemicals Group company, the cushioning properties of these air cushions can be adjusted using a single straw. These air cushions also withstand heavy loads and offer environmentally friendly properties.

Mitsui Chemicals' emergency relief activities

※MCI=Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

Distribution of Disaster Relief Supplies in Fiscal 2015

* Total: Approximately \1,250,000

Fiscal Year Date Location Cause Relief Supplies Volume
2015 September Joso City,
Ibaraki Prefecture
Flooding attributable to torrential rain Blue sheets (large) 99
Blue sheets (small) 100
Urethane mattresses 209
Plastic tanks 219
Plastic wrapping paper 149
Air cushions made from EVOLUE™ 810

Relief supplies dispatched from the Company’s warehouse

Relief supplies delivered to an evacuation shelter by an NPO

The Company’s supplies distributed to children seeking relief at an evacuation shelter

Support following the Kumamoto Earthquake

The Kumamoto Earthquake that struck Japan in 2016 caused significant damage. The Mitsui Chemicals Group would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the victims of the disaster and especially to the those who lost the life of a family member or loved one.

Working hand-in-hand with the NPOs Team Rescue*1 and Peace Winds Japan*2, the Mitsui Chemicals Group was quick to assess conditions at the affected areas in the immediate wake of the disaster. The Group maintains a constant stock of supplies of its various materials at the warehouses of its various business sites. Following the Kumamoto Earthquake, the Group distributed relief supplies (details provided below) to Kumamoto City and Mashiki-machi. Working through customers of Group company Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. similar relief supplies were also delivered. Furthermore, the Group took steps to supply its TAFNEL™ Oil Blotter™*3 oil adsorbent products made from nonwoven fabrics at the request of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for use by the local emergency headquarters.
In addition, donations totaling \10 million were made through Kumamoto Prefecture to the people affected by the disaster and disaster-stricken areas. In recognition of these endeavors, the Mitsui Chemicals Group received letters of appreciation from the Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture, the Minister of State for Special Missions, and the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister. Complementing this initiative, the Group’s employees also donated generously in the hope that the funds would support those in need.
Looking ahead, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will continue to consider and carry out ways to swiftly provide disaster relief support.

Summary of Relief Supplies

Date Provided Location Contact Details of Relief Supplies Provided
April 19 Musashi Elementary School and surrounding areas as well as residences in the East District of Kumamoto Prefecture Team Rescue ・ Air cushions made from EVOLUE™ (1,000)
・ Blue sheets (100)
April 17 Gymnasium in Mashiki-machi Peace Winds Japan ・ Urethane mattresses (400)
・ Blue sheets (250)
・ Emergency water bags (1,000)
・ Plastic wrapping film (70 rolls)
April 17 Support through customers of Sekisui Chemical Agro, Inc. in disaster-stricken areas ・ Urethane mattresses (100)
・ Blue sheets (150)
・ Emergency water bags (500)
・ Plastic tanks (75)
April 26 Support through customers of Sekisui Chemical Agro, Inc. in disaster-stricken areas ・ Urethane mattresses (40)
・ Blue sheets (100)
・ Emergency water bags (500)
April 28 Local emergency headquarters The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan ・ TAFNEL™ Oil Blotter™ (1,000)
May 6 Gymnasium in Mashiki-machi Peace Winds Japan ・ Urethane mattresses (80)
・ Blue sheets (50)
May 10 Musashi Elementary School and surrounding areas as well as residences in the East District of Kumamoto Prefecture Team Rescue ・ Blue sheets (50)
*1
Team Rescue:
An NPO that engages in emergency relief support activities spearheaded by students

http://teamrescue.jimdo.com/Open Window

*2
Peace Winds Japan:
An NGO that provides support to people ravaged by conflicts, disaster, and a variety of social issues including poverty

http://peace-winds.org/en/Open Window

*3
TAFNEL™ Oil Blotter™:
A mat-shaped oil adsorbent material made from a waterproof polypropylene-based nonwoven fabric that boasts special oil absorbency characteristics.