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Protecting the Global Environment

The Hitachi Chemical Group has identified the protection of the global environment as a key objective not only of its business operations but also of its social contribution activities, and therefore conducts a wide variety of related activities at its business sites in the world.

Green Curtain Project

The Hitachi Chemical Group has continued to promote the Green Curtain Project, an initiative that encourages the participation of all employees, since fiscal year 2006.


Environmental Restoration near Kasumigaura

The Hitachi Chemical Group uses water from Kasumigaura at its production sites. Kasumigaura’s water quality and deterioration of the local environment have become a problem over the years. Since fiscal 2012, the Hitachi Chemical Group has collaborated with Asaza Fund, an NPO, and Shibanuma-Syouyu Co., Ltd., a soy sauce maker, in a nature conservation program and soy sauce making project to revitalize the local economy.

Kasumigaura is the second-largest lake in Japan. It was developed into a major water resource for the purpose of supplying water to Ibaraki Prefecture and the Tokyo metropolitan area. The environment in the surrounding area has gradually deteriorated and local farmland has been abandoned. We are playing a part in supporting the tradition of soy sauce production in nearby Tsuchiura City to support the local economy. In fiscal 2017, employees from Group companies will volunteer to help restore abandoned farmland in Sakuragawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture to grow rice, soybeans and wheat. By conducting ecosystem surveys and outdoor classes, the project will play a part in youth education.

Working to restore the natural environment near Kasumigaura

Hitachi Chemical & Sumida Aquarium “Discovering the Mysteries of Water Creatures” (Mizu no Ikimono Fushigi Hakken)

Cooperation: Sumida Aquarium

In September 2013, the Hitachi Chemical Group and Sumida Aquarium began running joint workshops called “Discovering the Mysteries of Water Creatures” (“Mizu no Ikimono Fushigi Hakken” in Japanese) out of a wish to help children who are responsible for our planet’s future gain a deeper understanding of the ocean as a source of life forms, the abundance of life and ecosystem through experiences. A total of 36 children attended 6 workshops on jellyfish and sea turtles in fiscal 2016. Students had the chance to gain a deeper understanding of sea creatures through conversations with aquarium staff and experiences of actually taking care of them.

In fiscal 2015, we began an orientation-type program that used a “Mystery Discovered! Jellyfish Certification" and "Mystery Discovered! Sea turtles Certification” worksheet. In fiscal 2016, 7,807 students participated in the program, which provided students enjoyable learning experience by answering various questions and drawing pictures by observing jellyfish and sea turtles inside a fish tank.

In fiscal 2016, we hosted a workshop regarding Ogasawara, a World Natural Heritage site. Some 2,500 children participated in the biological tests conducted during the workshop. Going forward, we will continue to further promote children’s understanding of ecosystem conservation and biodiversity.


See videos showing children participating in the workshops.

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