Social Contribution Activities

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Nurturing the Next Generation

Nurturing the Next Generation through Sports

UACJ works with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows professional baseball team to contribute to the development of children.

In fiscal 2019, UACJ held the UACJ Baseball Clinic for boys and girls participating in youth baseball teams in Fukaya City, Saitama Prefecture, the location of the Fukaya Works. Approximately one hundred elementary-school-age children took part in the May 11 clinic led by former members of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows professional baseball team.

We also invited Fukaya City little league players and their families to observe a practice session, take a stadium tour, and see the Swallows play at Jingu Stadium, the team’s home ground, on “UACJ SPECIAL DAY,” June 8, 2019. During the game, the little leaguers, excited by the dynamism of professional players in an actual game, enthusiastically shouted their support from the stands.

UACJ Baseball Clinic
UACJ Baseball Clinic

Lending a Hand with the Global Classroom Environmental Education Project

Beginning with fiscal 2018, UACJ is supporting the Global Classroom environmental education project Asahi Shimbun is conducting for elementary school students.

In fiscal 2019, we provided overall project support by assisting with the editing of an environmental textbook, approximately 260,000 copies of which were distributed to around 1,700 elementary schools throughout the country. We also provided support for the Global Classroom 2019 One-Day Environment School, an event held on September 22 in Tokyo.

In addition, we have employees serve as visiting instructors to lead classes titled, “Starting from Recycling – Using Aluminum to Save Energy and Help the Environment.” In two of these classes, one held on November 12 at Minamishimabara City’s Arima Elementary School, in Nagasaki Prefecture, and the other held on December 10 at Takehara City’s Yoshina Gakuen, in Hiroshima Prefecture, employees explained the recycling process for aluminum cans, over 90% of which are recycled, and how aluminum helps to reduce the weight of automobiles.

2019 Global Classroom One-Day Environment School
2019 Global Classroom One-Day Environment School

Nikkei Shimbun Program for High School Students

UACJ cosponsored the Nikkei Education Challenge, an annual career education event sponsored by Nikkei, Inc. Inaugurated in 2001, the Nikkei Education Challenge aims to contribute to the development of high school students by having business people lead them through classes on changes in business activity and society.

At the event held on August 1, 2019, UACJ provided an introduction to aluminum and its myriad uses, in a class titled, “Thinking about the Future of Aluminum.”

Class being taught by a UACJ employee
Class being taught by a UACJ employee

Supporting Culture, the Arts, and Sports

Support for Sports

UACJ engages in sports sponsorship activities to both promote its brand and contribute to society and local communities. As of September 2019, UACJ is a supporter of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows professional baseball team, the Utsunomiya Brex professional basketball team, FC Gifu professional soccer team, and the Japan Blind Football Association.

Basketball clinic held together with the Utsunomiya Brex basketball team
Basketball clinic held together with the Utsunomiya Brex basketball team

Support for International Musicians

UACJ is a cosponsor of Music Sharing, non-profit organization led by Midori Goto, who serves as president and was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2007. The purpose of this organization is to use great music as a transformative spark for helping children to expand their capacity for developing relationships, understanding other cultures, and actively participating in the creation of music.

Midori Goto using music to bridge cultures
Midori Goto using music to bridge cultures

Support for Artistic Activities

UACJ Foil supports artists who use aluminum in their works. One such artist is Mayu Shiomi, who has used aluminum for numerous works, the first of which was a cat she created out of aluminum foil chocolate wrappers. UACJ Foil has been supporting Shiomi by providing her with aluminum foil since 2017. And Shiomi returned the favor in 2018 by participating in our Kids Day event in which the children of our employees came to see where their parents work. At these and other events, as well, Shiomi graciously communicates the wonders of art to children.

Kids Day
Kids Day

Support for Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

As part of its effort to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, UACJ cosponsors Ishinomaki Farm located in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.

Ishinomaki Farm uses the experience of farm work to help invigorate local agriculture and help young people who have become shut-ins to again participate in society. UACJ supports the farm by working with it to cultivate hops for use in brewing beer.

Disaster Relief Contributions

Five UACJ Group companies – UACJ, UACJ Extrusion Corporation, UACJ Foil Corporation, UACJ Metal Components Corporation, and UACJ Trading Corporation - contributed a total of five million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the victims of, and aid recovery from, the torrential rains that struck Japan in July 2020.