Donation of Polycarbonate Sheets for Face Shields
In view of the shortage of medical face shields due to the spread of novel coronavirus infections, MGC Filsheet Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary of MGC, processed Iupilon™ film, a polycarbonate resin product made by the company, into shield shapes and donated 800 of them to the Citizens Medical Center in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture. To continue such contributions to the local community, MGC Filsheet's Osaka Factory also donated 6,500 sheets to the city of Toyonaka in Osaka Prefecture, where it is located.
The company plans to continue adjusting its production setup and expanding its support to the front-line medical sector.
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Memorial Foundation Transitions to a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation
The Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Memorial Foundation was established in September 2018, with the aim of contributing to the resolution of societal issues that we face by providing support to talented individuals aiming to become researchers in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering, and by providing assistance to research in these fields. Since its establishment, we have been engaged in providing scholarship benefits. We were recognized by the Cabinet Office as a public interest incorporated foundation and got off to a new start in January 2020.
Currently, the Foundation provides scholarships to eight international students from Southeast Asia majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering at Japanese universities. In January 2020, a scholarship exchange student meeting was held and in the scholarship students' research presentations a lively exchange of opinions was conducted with employees of MGC. Going ahead, as a public interest incorporated foundation with a higher level of social confidence, we plan to expand the scope of our business activities including increasing the number of scholarship students and implementing research grant programs in the future.
Initiatives for the Next Generation
We host student visits to Japan and internships involving local junior high schools, high schools, technical junior colleges, and universities. We have also continued to provide chemistry experiment kits to junior high schools near our facilities since 2008, with the aim of helping students to realize that chemistry is useful in everyday life and preventing a declining interest in science. The kits help students learn about the oxidation of iron by making pocket heating pads.
Outside of Japan, the MGC Group and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Memorial Foundation provide student scholarships. Through these and other initiatives, we are stimulating interest in chemistry among children and students who represent the next generation.
Interaction with the Community
We encourage community interaction through participation in local festivals, blood drives, and traffic safety campaigns in Japan, as well as through participation in local activities outside of Japan.
Naming Rights Obtained for Niigata City Ice Arena
MGC's Niigata Plant and a number of group companies have developed business in the city of Niigata and have built a strong relationship with the city over a period of decades. The city is home to the only ice-skating rink on the Japan Sea side of the country that is open all year round. In April 2019, MGC signed a naming rights partnership contract with the city to give the arena the name "MGC MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL Ice Arena." MGC will provide five years of support for this arena, which is used by over 100,000 citizens annually.
Local Environmental Preservation and Beautification Activities
At each of its sites, MGC participates in the preservation of earby coastal forests, and in cleanup of local roads, riverbeds, and other beautification activities.
Environmental and Disaster Preparedness Activities in the Local Community
To further local community understanding of our environmental conservation and process safety activities, we continue to participate in local dialogue meetings held by the Japan Chemical Industry Association(JCIA). Inaddition, we are working with local communities to promote safety and disaster preparedness through joint drills with fire departments and through other means. All of MGC's plants have obtained ISO 14001 certification and continually strive to improve the quality of their environmental management systems.
Support for Areas Affected by Typhoon No. 19 of 2019
Concentrated downpours across of swath of Eastern Japan in October 2019 caused significant damage in many areas. One area hit hard was the city of Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture, where MGC has plants and group companies. Thankfully, our business sites did not suffer damage and operations were not significantly impacted. But as a member of the local community we wanted the city to recover as quickly as possible, so we contributed 12 million yen, respectively, to support victims and recovery activities.