Under the slogan of “One Metropolitan Area,” since FY March 2013 Tokyo Office and Mazda R&D Center Yokohama (MRY) have strengthened their mutual coordination and continued to participate in unique social contribution activities. It is characteristic of Tokyo Office and MRY to conduct socially beneficial activities in collaboration with Mazda vehicle owners. The coordination between Tokyo Office and MRY has begun to produce positive effects, as exemplified by the increase in the number of employees at Tokyo Office who work as volunteers.
Persons in charge of promoting social contributions at Tokyo Office and Mazda R&D Center Yokohama
Kohichi Fujitaka Tokyo General Affairs Group(Left)
Kouji Oka Senior Specialist R&D Technical Administration Division(Right)
【Environment】Initiatives contributing to environmental protection
【Safety】Initiatives contributing to traffic safety
【Human resources】Initiatives aimed at fostering the next generation
【Mazda Foundation】Initiatives via Mazda Foundation
Greening Activities in Collaboration with Communities
To contribute to the preservation of biodiversity, harmonious coexistence with local communities, and community activities
Mazda has supported the Keihin Afforestation Project*1 promoted by Yokohama City. In June 2009, MRY transplanted indigenous wild water plants to create a biotope based in a pond on the premises. By creating habitats for aquatic life including dragonflies, MRY strives to restore natural environments and increase the amount of greenery. MRY has also been participating in a collaborative project*2 implemented by companies, citizens, local governments, specialists and students, entitled “How Far Does a Dragonfly Fly?” Since 2004, MRY has been conducting surveys of dragonflies, tracking the conditions of their arrival.
Dragonfly flight pattern survey conducted at the biotope
Keihin Afforestation Project logo
FY March 2016 Results
*1 In Yokohama City, the Keihin Afforestation Project has been carried out since 2005. This project regards the green spaces on corporate properties and the facilities open to the public in the Keihin district (Tokyo–Yokohama) as important regional assets, and aims to increase and use these assets including public green spaces and waterfronts so as to build forests in this district and pass them on to future generations, through joint efforts by companies, citizens, and local governments.
*2 By surveying the growth and migration status of dragonflies, which serve as an indicator for the abundance of greenery, the project is intended to verify that company green spaces play important roles as habitats for various life forms. The results of ten-year surveys conducted under this project indicate that company green spaces play a role similar to that of satoyama (managed woodlands or grasslands near human settlements) (from a report, around 10-year record of Keihin Afforestation linked together by dragonfly, issued in March 2013).
*3 Masao Taguchi (Ph. D in Agriculture), Visiting Researcher at Laboratory of Entomology, Tokyo University of Agriculture
Hosting Tours at Mazda R&D Center Yokohama
To contribute to human resources education provided by schools in local communities
In response to requests from local communities, since its establishment in 1987,MRY has accepted tours to observe the Center, serving as an extracurricular lesson or social study class needed from universities, etc.
FY March 2016 Results
- ■ January: 12 local university students visited MRY as an extracurricular lesson.
Visitors touring MRY
Interaction with Children through Automobiles Community
(Let’s Feel the Joy of a Convertible! 2015 / Santa’s Come to Town! 2015)
To communicate the joy of automobiles to children in orphanages and deepen the interaction with them
As part of their social contribution activities, Mazda employee volunteers, jointly with Mazda vehicle owners, participate in projects designed for children residing in child welfare institutions primarily in Yokohama and Kawasaki cities.
One of these projects is “Let’s Feel the Joy of a Convertible!” which has been held since 2007 to convey the excitement of cars and driving to these children and give them a happy and enjoyable experience. Also, Mazda employees have annually participated in the “Santa Project.” This project was launched at Mazda’s initiative in 2003 and is now organized jointly by 19 companies and organizations primarily in Kanagawa Prefecture.
FY March 2016 Results
- ■ A total of 30 volunteers, including the members of “Kokorodama” Project*4 non-profit organization, in addition to Mazda employees and Mazda vehicle owners, participated in “Let’s Feel the Joy of a Convertible! 2015” held in November 2015. The event featured activities for children in orphanages (with their caregivers) such as riding in a Roadster (MX-5 overseas) with the top down along an around 20 km-course including the Yokohama Bay Bridge, followed by the Kokorodama Planetarium musical performance at MRY.
- ■ A total of around more than 700 volunteers participated in “Santa’s Come to Town! 2015” held in December 2015, including Mazda vehicle owners and Mazda employees. All participating volunteers were dressed in Santa Claus and reindeer costumes, and participating companies and groups put various ideas into play. Mazda members were split into “driving Santa” and “visiting Santa” teams, with Mazda Roadster, Demio (Mazda2 overseas) and Atenza (Mazda6 overseas) vehicles decked out with Christmas decorations. The driving Santas took passengers from the Single Parents and Children’s Welfare Association and orphanages on a drive around the Minato Mirai 21 area. The visiting Santas paid visits to four orphanages in Yokohama City, where they handed presents to children, performed music and played games, deepening their friendly relations.
Group photo of all participants dressed in Santa Claus and reindeer costumes
*4 A group of a wide variety of artists and performers, including musical actors, a composer, a director, a conductor, a choreographer, a yoga instructor, a Japanese traditional musical instrument player, a martial artist, and a stage director, who have played active roles in their respective fields and gathered under the philosophy of sharing the joy of life through the artistic expressions. After participating in the Santa Project for the first time in 2014, they supported the “Let’s Feel the Joy of a Convertible! 2015.”
Support for the 31st and 32nd Roadster Charity Flea Markets
To help Mazda vehicle owners conduct voluntary social contribution activities, by offering MRY as a venue
Mazda has provided MRY as the venue for the Roadster (MX-5 overseas) Charity Flea Markets held under the auspices of participating Mazda vehicle owners and the Company. Mazda presents a booth staffed by volunteer employees.
FY March 2016 Results
In April and October, the Roadster Charity Flea Markets were held. The number of participants totaled around 560, including 26 employee volunteers. At the Mazda booth, volunteer employees sold daily articles and Mazda merchandise gathered with the help of employees, as well as okonomiyaki, a savory pancake popular in Hiroshima. (A portion of the proceeds from the flea markets was donated to the Japan Red Cross Society for the relief fund for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and was also used to promote exchange activities.)
Roadster Charity Flea Markets held at MRY, Mazda merchandise sold at the Mazda booth
Support for Disaster Drills Held by the Local Neighborhood Council
To enhance the disaster preparedness of neighboring communities by providing support for periodic disaster drills
In November 2008, MRY concluded a disaster prevention agreement*5 with the Kanagawa Ward Office and residents’ associations in neighborhood self-governing bodies. In March 2009, MRY joined the Kanagawa Ward Waterfront Area Disaster Prevention Council, comprising 11 companies in the Keihin waterfront district, local neighborhood self-governing bodies, and neighborhood associations, helping to carry out initiatives to enhance regional disaster preparedness. One of these initiatives is holding joint disaster drills on a regular basis.
FY March 2016 Results
In March, MRY carried out the 11th joint periodic disaster drill, in which the participants learned about how to use fire extinguishers, provide first aid and operate AEDs*6 (Around 150 persons, including those who from local neighborhood associations, participated).
Learning how to use fire extinguishers
*5 The MRY facility is offered as a temporary evacuation venue to be used before moving to a disaster prevention facility.
*6 An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a medical device that sends an electric shock to the heart that will restore normal heart rhythm to a victim whose heart has suddenly lost the function to pump blood.