Social Contribution Activities
We contribute to the sound development of communities and aim to build a sustainable society.
Support for the Brazilian Community in Japan
As a company with extensive business operations in Brazil, Mitsui & Co. provides various types of support to foster reciprocal understanding between Japan and Brazil and find solutions to issues affecting the Brazilian community in Japan.
Scholarship Program for Brazilian Schoolchildren in Japan
We have been providing scholarships since 2009. The purpose of this program is to provide educational opportunities to children who would otherwise be unable to continue their studies due to economic reasons, and to help Brazilian children to participate more actively in Japanese society by their Japanese language education. By the fiscal year ended March 2023, a cumulative total of 5,062 children received scholarships. From 2019, a total of 340 of these children started taking the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and 161 passed.
As part of the scholarship program, we also work with NPO AIDENSHA and NPO Service for the Assistance of Brazilians in Japan (SABJA) to provide career education seminars at Brazilian schools in Japan, and online career seminars for parents and supporters of Brazilian students in Japan. At the seminars, we provide information about higher education and work opportunities after high school graduation, with the aim of helping students consider higher education and autonomously develop their careers.
We also offer an online program to prepare students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) (using a test preparation app), in collaboration with NPO Service for the Assistance of Brazilians in Japan (SABJA), in order to improve the JLPT pass rate, which is a prerequisite for entering advanced educational institutions and for full-time employment in Japan.
Sponsorship of the Brazil Festival
The Brazil Festival is an official cultural exchange event organized by the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (CCBJ) and supported by the Embassy of Brazil, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. We have continued to sponsor the event since 2009. The 15th annual Brazil Festival was held on November 19 and 20, 2022, and many Mitsui employees participated in the festival and supported the participation of Brazilian support groups based in Japan. The festival had been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, but was held for the first time in three years, also commemorating the 200th anniversary of Brazil's independence, and attracted approximately 60,000 visitors. We will continue to make our efforts to resolve issues faced by the Brazilian community in Japan.
Support for NPO Activities
Since 2011, we have supported NPO activities to foster multicultural coexistence among Brazilians in Japan (7 organizations supported in the fiscal year ended March 2024) We are working to provide solutions for educational support and career development centered on improving the Japanese language skills of Brazilians living in Japan in the local community. In promoting our support activities, through collaboration with organizations with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, we aim to generate synergies and regional cooperation with local governments and organizations.
Korea: Supporting the National Japanese Drama Contest
Mitsui & Co. Korea Ltd. supports the National Japanese Drama Contest for junior and high school students with the aim of fostering education and cultural exchanges that deepen understanding of Japanese culture.
First held in 2008, the contest is hosted by three organizations: Korea Japanese Teacher's Association (which has about 2,300 Korean junior and senior high school teachers of Japanese as members), the Public Information Cultural Center at the Embassy of Japan in Korea, and the Japan Foundation, Seoul. Mitsui & Co. Korea and Mitsui Group member companies, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (Seoul Branch), Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group (Korea Branch), and Mitsui-Soko Korea Co., Ltd., jointly sponsor the event. On the day of the contest, employees of Mitsui & Co. Korea participate as volunteers.
Junior and senior high school students from throughout Korea take part in the contest which covers various topics, including the culture, history, social issues, and other aspects of both Japan and Korea. Award-winning teams have the opportunity to travel to Japan for training — four days (three nights) for the junior high school teams, and ten days (nine nights) for the senior high school teams.
Mitsui & Co. Korea Ltd. will continue to promote activities that contribute to the development of friendly relations between Japan and Korea by closely working together with the Korean education community.
Indonesia: Initiatives aimed at preventing growth stunting
In cooperation with investee company ABC KOGEN DAIRY (AKD), Mitsui Indonesia is supporting the efforts of Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM), a non-governmental organization, to combat growth stunting. The program has designated 10 new health facilities (Posyandu) located in the mountainous areas of West Java, and is providing monthly health monitoring and nutritional support to 100 pregnant women in and around the area. Aligning with the Indonesian government's goal of reducing the national average rate of stunting to 14% by 2024, the target for this program has also been set at 14% by the end of October 2023. Through its stunting prevention efforts, Mitsui Indonesia will continue its commitment to fostering friendly relations between Japan and Indonesia.
Colombia: Donation of tractors and other equipment for transporting landmine demining equipment; donation of bicycles
On February 21, 2022, with the support of the Japan International Cooperation System, Mitsui Colombia has donated one tractor for transporting landmine demining equipment and two trucks for transporting mobile workshops necessary for the proper maintenance of humanitarian demining equipment. The donation of approximately US$600,000 will strengthen mine clearance capabilities in approximately 247 municipalities across Colombia, contributing to improved social and economic development. Mitsui Colombia President Hara participated in a donation ceremony with Masahiro Takasugi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Colombia, together with Colombian government officials.
Mitsui Colombia also participated in Toyota Group's CSR project in Colombia, donating 20 bicycles to La Guajira region as part of a donation of a total of 100 bicycles on June 9, 2023. In rural areas, students often need to walk four hours to get to and from school, however, the bicycles have cut the commuting time in half, leading to fewer absences and more time for homework. In addition, the La Guajira region, known for its deserts and scarcity of water, greatly benefits from the bicycle donation as they reduce the burden on women to find and transport water. This program also includes a training session on accounting.
Japan: Kanda Festival
The Kanda Festival, one of the three major festivals of the Edo period, was held on May 14 for the first time in four years, and featured the Shogun portable shrine procession, using a portable shrine donated by Mitsui. At 10:30 am, the carriers gathered in front of the Shomonzuka mound, and after undergoing a purification ceremony, departed in unison, entering the Kanda Myojin Shrine just before 2:00 pm amid the spirited atmosphere of the festival. After a lunch break, the portable shrine returned to Shomonzuka after parading through the town, where it entered the mound for the first time in 100 years. We will continue to support the Kanda Festival, considering it an important community engagement initiative in which many of our employees and their families can participate. By supporting this event, we aim to support local invigoration, preserve traditions, and foster connections with the local community.
Japan: Sponsorship of Hiroshima Flower Festival and assistance with cleanup
The 2023 Hiroshima Flower Festival, a flower festival of peace that connects Hiroshima with the world, took place on June 10 and 11. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Peace Boulevard, which serve as the main venue, are decorated with parades and stages. Traditionally held every year during the Golden Week holiday period since 1977, the schedule was adjusted this year to accommodate the G7 Summit in Hiroshima. The Chugoku Office has sponsored the Flower Festival every year at the request of the Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and after three years of restraint due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was back to its full scale. Every year, the Chugoku Office participates in an annual clean-up before welcoming guests from Japan and abroad to the Spring Flower Festival and Winter Dreamination. This year, six employees, including the Office General Manager and members from affiliated companies, participated in the clean-up, despite unfavorable weather and light rain.
Other Support Activities
Support for the Improvement of the Educational Environment in Myanmar
Scholarship support for Myanmar students at the Tokyo University of Agriculture