Mitsui Chemicals

Social Activities

Environment Communication

With the goal of realizing a cohesive society in harmony with the environment, the Mitsui Chemicals Group engages in a variety of environment communication activities.

Donating Benches with Wood Protective Paint NONROT

As part of the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Protecting Our World Heritage Project series, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and affiliate Mitsui Chemicals Industrial Products Ltd. donated 12 benches in September 2014 to Yakushima Town, which sought to increase the attractiveness of the island as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. These benches were made by Yakushima cedar craftsman, using thinning cedar lumber. The benches are applied with Mitsui Chemicals’ wood protective paint NONROT*.
As a World Natural Heritage site, Yakushima Town receives a number of tourists from home and abroad. However, it lacked benches where a visitor could relax, admire the beautiful scenery, or take a break, and the town had recognized this as an issue. Consequently, this project got underway. Following their donation, Mitsui Chemicals has continued to maintain the benches, including recoating them, in cooperation with the people of Yakushima Town.

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NONROT:
With ultra water-repellency, UV resistance, anti-septic / anti-fungal / anti-insect properties, NONROT is highly safe paint which maximizes the breathability (humidity control) that wood naturally possesses. It does not disturb the breathing of wood, allowing it to release the refreshing wood aroma.


A bench donated to Yakushima protected by NONROT

Wildlife Survey on Rice Fields Providing Opportunities to Learn about Biodiversity

Mitsui Chemicals’ affiliate Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. (MCAG) held the Wildlife Survey on Rice Fields together with JA (Japan Agriculture) Asahina (Taiwa Town, Kurakawa-gun, Miyagi Prefecture) on June 2017. MCAG has been conducting these surveys each year since 2012, which involves giving JA members, agricultural organizations, farmers, and consumers an opportunity to investigate what organisms live in rice fields while also facilitating serious consideration about agriculture, food, and the environment going forward.
This year, 40 people, including 16 grade three students from Tsurusu Elementary School located in Taiwa Town participated in the program, during which they observed a diverse variety of wildlife living in rice paddies while learning about the importance of growing rice in harmony with the environment.
We also conducted a program in cooperation with the Tohoku University Qatar Science Campus* and JA Sendai. This program involved 62 participants, including elementary school students and their guardians selected from regions across Miyagi Prefecture.
Not only involved in sales of agrochemicals, MCAG surveys the effects of agrochemical use on wildlife in rice paddies, which is useful for the improvement and development of agrochemical products. Further, MCAG conducts wildlife surveys, and we publish results summaries of these wildlife surveys that certify that rice was grown in rice paddies inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife, which contributes to adding value to local rice.

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Tohoku University Qatar Science Campus:
The Qatar Science Campus was created using funds from the Qatar government for the fostering of next-generation leaders in reconstruction efforts following the Great East Japan earthquake. As part of the project, the Tohoku University School of Engineering conducts manufacturing and scientific experiment-related events for elementary, junior high school, and high school students in Miyagi Prefecture.

Wildlife survey on rice fields

Wildlife survey on rice fieldsWildlife survey on rice fields

Participation in Junior Eco-Club Nationwide Festival

On March 25, 2018, Mitsui Chemicals participated in the Junior Eco-Club* Nationwide Festival 2018. The Junior Eco-Club Nationwide Festival is an event where members who represent their community can introduce to each other the activities they have done through articles and drawings. The members also visit special booths set up by companies and interact with other members from around Japan.
Aiming to realize a cohesive society in harmony with the environment, Mitsui Chemicals has operated a booth at this event since 2014, lending its support of the Junior Eco-Club Nationwide Festival’s main activity to help children learn more about the environment.
At the booth, the Company introduced the children to its products that help protect the environment. We conducted a demonstration simulating ocean pollution cleanup measures using our high-performance oil adsorbent TAFNEL Oil Blotter to help participants to learn about biodiversity and get a first-hand look at the special properties of products that can absorb oil.

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Junior Eco-Club:
The Junior Eco-Club is a project run by the Japan Environment Association for the purpose of helping children participate in environmental protection and learn more about the environment.

Junior Eco-Club Nationwide Festival
Junior Eco-Club Nationwide Festival