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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

Cooperation: NPO Midorino-Curtain Oendan

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 project in Kasumigaura and surrounding areas: Link to nature through soy sauce and rice production

Cooperation: Asaza Fund

The Hitachi Chemical Group uses water from Kasumigaura at its production sites. Kasumigaura is the second largest lake in Japan. It was developed into a major water resource for the purpose of supplying water to the Tokyo metropolitan area, which was facing a rise in population in line with the expansion of economic activities in the area. In the course of the development, the lakeshore was reinforced by the use of concrete and the water gate was closed. This caused the separation of the lake from the sea and the deterioration of the lake’s water quality. Moreover, the loss of local water sources, such as forests and reservoirs, has resulted in the deterioration of the quality of water flowing into the lake. Since fiscal 2012, the Hitachi Chemical Group has collaborated with Asaza Fund, an NPO, to plant algae in Kasumigaura and conduct environmental improvement activities in the surrounding areas. Floating plants, such as algae, will calm the waves, which will foster the settlement of sand carried into the lake to form shallows. The shallows will serve as habitats for living creatures for the recovery of the lake’s ecosystem.

In fiscal 2017, employees of Hitachi Chemical volunteered to help restore abandoned farmland in Sakuragawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture, which is located in the upstream area of Kasumigaura, to grow rice. This activity, which was conducted with the participation of 177 people, also plays a part in youth education through ecosystem surveys and outdoor classes.

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 40 children attended 6 workshops on jellyfish in fiscal 2017. 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 a free-for-all orientation-type program that used a “Mystery Discovered! Jellyfish Certification" worksheet. In fiscal 2017, 8,930 students participated in the program, answering various questions and drawing pictures by observing jellyfish inside a fish tank for an enjoyable learning experience.

Going forward, we will continue to further promote children’s understanding of ecosystem conservation and biodiversity.

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