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Enhancement of Local Industrial Bases & Quality of Life

Mitsui & Co.'s Approach

Through our business activities, we engage in developing the infrastructure needed for growth and prosperity in countries and regions all around the world, including electric power, transportation and communications. We also strive to improve basic services, such as healthcare and care for the aged, to create new value, envisaging a future in the next-generation business domains that embody innovation, and to develop local industries and create employment.

We also contribute to developing human resources with global perspectives and improving the educational environment through the hosting of endowed lecture programs at universities and through a variety of education funds and scholarships.

Strategic Focus

  • Related Product Segment: Lifestyle

Aiming to provide reliable high-quality dialysis medical services in Asia, where the number of patients with kidney failure is rising rapidly

In the emerging countries of Asia, lifestyle diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, have become more prevalent in recent years due to population growth and the increased Westernization of dietary habits. The number of end-stage renal disease patients requiring dialysis treatment has risen significantly, but due to a shortage of dialysis clinics, many patients are unable to obtain suitable treatment. In August 2016 Mitsui & Co., Ltd. entered into an agreement with DaVita Inc. and a strategic investment fund of the government of Malaysia to participate in a joint venture operating dialysis clinics in the Asia-Pacific region.

The number of patients in Asia who undergo renal replacement therapy, such as hemodialysis, is forecast to reach 2,162,000 in 2030, * which is more than twice the actual number in 2010 and would represent the highest rate of increase in the world. Improvements in medical insurance systems and the rise in income levels in various Asian countries have resulted in a supply-demand gap. Efforts are being made to close this gap, but dialysis operators capable of reliably providing high-quality dialysis treatment are always in high demand. In response to such needs, Mitsui has acquired a 20% equity stake in DaVita Care (Singapore), a company in the DaVita group operating dialysis clinics and bringing high-quality dialysis services developed in the United States to the Asian region.

The improvement of health and medical standards in emerging and developing countries is an important issue. In 2011 Mitsui invested in IHH Healthcare Berhad, the largest private healthcare group in Asia, and in 2015 we acquired the MIMS Group, which handled medical information services in Asia and Oceania. In 2016 we invested in Columbia Asia, the largest hospital group in Asia for middle-income earners, and we also cooperate with Panasonic Healthcare Holdings, Japan's leading medical device manufacturer, in which we acquired an equity stake in 2017. These efforts are aimed at building a healthcare ecosystem designed to evolve into a high-level, next-generation medical infrastructure oriented toward optimum patient care.

Enhancement of Local Industrial Bases & Quality of Life

Number of patients in the Asia-Pacific region receiving renal replacement therapy

Activities for FY Ended March 2017

Business Area

    Machinery & Infrastructure
    Innovation & Corporate Development
    Corporate & Others

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Theme Business Area Business Activities
Development of the Social Infrastructure
Machinery & Infrastructure
  • Promotion of water infrastructure business (Mexico, Czech Republic, Thailand), port container terminal operations (Indonesia), international cargo terminal operations at Haneda Airport (Japan), co-generation business (Thailand, Brazil), and other infrastructure business around the world
  • Promotion of energy-related infrastructure business in various countries, such as natural gas distribution business (Mexico, Brazil), and sales of electricity from gas-fired power generation and renewable energy sources (21 countries)
  • Providing stable transportation with low-price by supporting for operational efficiency through rolling stock leasing (U.S., Europe, Russia, Brazil)
  • Transportation cost reduction such as grains, fertilizers, steel products etc. through freight transportation services (Brazil)
  • Improvement of safe and reliable passenger transportation services by means of urban transportation infrastructure development (Brazil)
  • Remarkable logistic improvement by dedicated freight railways (India)
  • Eco-ship sales, owned and operation. LNG bunkering project promotion
  • Promotion of tank terminal business in distribution collection sites that serves as basic distribution infrastructure for the petrochemicals industry
  • Promotion of an urban redevelopment project in the Tamura-cho area (Nishi-Shimbashi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo) through Mitsui & Co. Real Estate that contributes to the local community and improvement of urban functions through the creation of harmonious streetscape, the enhancement of local disaster-preparedness, the stimulation of community and business activities, and the installation of facilities that will help to enhance the community
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • Development of communications infrastructure and growth of internet use through engagement in high-speed mobile data communications business (Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia)
  • New shopping experience offering SmartCart (shopping cart with tablet device) to shoppers inside the store (Japan)
  • Provision of new lifestyles through TV shopping business (Japan, India, China), e-commerce business (Indonesia), meal kit business (Russia), and IT-based one-stop renovation service business (Japan)
  • Support for overseas market development (Asia, Latin America) by local companies and promotion of consumer goods logistics (Asia) through Mitsui & Co. Global Logistics
  • Meeting demands for developing infrastructure through heavy lifting & transport by Huationg Holdings (Southeast Asian countries)
  • Provision of insurance risk management and arrangement of insurance coverage for business-related risks through Mitsuibussan Insurance
  • Provision of reliable hedging measures, through investment and participation in New Ocean Capital Management, for catastrophic risks to primary insurance companies, by the management of funds that involve investment primarily in catastrophic risk
Provision of Safe, Reliable Products and Services
  • Promotion of pharmaceutical development that contributes to enhancement of patients' quality of life through investment and participation in NovaQuest
  • Support for patients who need financial assistance, through investment and participation in IHH, by providing cancer education and free cancer checks to poorer inhabitants of local communities, as well as by providing medical services for patients who test positive (Singapore)
  • Support for events for diabetes patients and for breast cancer awareness-raising events through investment in Columbia Asia Hospital; through investment and participation in DaVita Care, provision of seminars for chronic kidney disease patients, provision of services, including free medical checks and voluntary cleaning services, for elderly people living alone (Malaysia)
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • Support for the development of pharmaceuticals, IT, and agrochemicals through investment and participation in NovaQuest and venture capital investment undertaken by Mitsui Global Investment
Participation and Development in Communities
  • Support for community revitalization by holding the Mitsui Foods Food Show for the exhibition and sales of products from different regions throughout Japan
  • Continuous support for food education activities through the Kids Kitchen Association in collaboration with Mitsui Foods and Bussan Food Service
  • Promotion of the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium operations with partner companies (approx. 2,807,600 visitors between July 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017), and issuing of invitations to local schoolchildren to attend a memorial ceremony on March 11, 2017
  • Donation to the Sakura Namiki Network (a non-profit organization dedicated to planting cherry trees in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake) by AIM Services, resulting in the planting of 40 cherry trees
  • Creation of additional local jobs (for both mid-career recruits and new graduates) created under a siting agreement between MicroBiopharm Japan and a local government in preparation for investment in new facilities
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • Support for developing reliable, safe childcare environments via the promotion of the communication app “Kids Note” service business for childcare facilities, such as kindergartens and guardians (Japan)
Corporate & Others
  • Provision of scholarships for Brazilian students as part of our support activities for Brazilians living in Japan (440 students in 26 schools), implementation of extracurricular programs for Brazilian schools (6 programs, 197 participants), hosting of the Conference for a Future of the Children (11 cities, 750 participants), and financial support for related NPOs (14 organizations)
  • Continuation of support for human resources development of junior and senior high school students as part of our initiatives for recovery of the region affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, including a “Visiting Lecture Project” featuring people who were profiled in the TV program “Textbook for Our Future”, as the lecturers for the Project (6 schools in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures), and “English Conversation Class Project” for which employees are serving as volunteer teachers at the “Collaborative School” run by Katariba, a certified non-profit organization in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture (866 participants)
  • Support for a scholarship project in India through the Mitsui Global Volunteer Program (3,950 participants, donations totaling ¥3,950,000), and installation of a Panasonic solar power generation system in Myanmar (equipment purchased by the MFL Foundation using funds donated by Mitsui)
Contribution to Developing People with an International Mindset
  • Continuation of personnel exchange training program with China Baowu Steel Group Corporation (BAOWU) (145 staff accepted from BAOWU and 526 staff sent to BAOWU since 1992; 14 staff accepted from BAOWU and 24 staff sent to BAOWU in FY2016)
  • Support for educational programs, including Japanese teaching, and activities to introduce the Japanese language and culture through Vale, etc. (Brazil)
  • Continuation of personnel exchange training program with Vale (275 participants since 2003; 4 trainees dispatched to Vale in FY2016)
  • Implementation of a science education program at primary schools near an iron ore development project operated by Mitsui Iron Ore Development (Australia)
  • Support for local communities and coal mine employees through a scholarship program and Japanese teaching program, etc., implemented by Mitsui Coal Holdings (Australia)
  • Continuing participation in scholarship program run by Takatuf Oman to support Omani students to study abroad (Oman)
  • Donation to education events held at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi (UAE)
  • Provision of scholarships to enable students from the University of Lurio to study in Japan (Mozambique)
  • Conclusion of a donation agreement with Qatar to support the renovation of facilities and the continuation of research that will contribute to food security (Qatar)
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • Teaching and training cybersecurity experts by dispatching lecturers to universities and devising curriculums (Japan)
Corporate & Others
  • Implemented the Young Professional Leadership Program for Japanese and U.S. professionals through participation in the TOMODACHI Initiative arranged by the U.S. government and other organizations (20 participants in total from Japan and the U.S.)
  • Continued implementation of Mitsui-endowed lecture programs at St. Petersburg State University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2 times)
  • Support for short-term training programs in Japan for university students from Australia and Russia (11 trainees)
  • Support for Indonesian students in Japan through the Mitsui-Bussan Scholarship Program for Indonesia (12 participants)
  • Provision of scholarships and accommodation for overseas students in Japan through the Mitsui Bussan Trade Promotion Foundation (10 participants)
  • Continuation of SASUGAKU Academy classes (Education for Sustainability) to support children's “power to create a sustainable future” (30 participants)

Sustainability Report 2017

P.44–51 “Enhancement of Local Industrial Bases & Quality of Life” (PDF 640KB)

More detailed information can be found in our Sustainability Report.