At our bases both in Japan and overseas, Murata provides support for local communities that fits their specific needs and characteristics.
In China and Southeast Asia, our activities include donating to institutions such as nursing homes and orphanages, and providing scholarships to schools that train engineers. In Britain, we are involved in food drives, and in the US, toy drives. We raise rhododendrons at our Yasu and Yokkaichi worksites, roses at Fukui Murata Manufacturing and Komatsu Murata Manufacturing, and cherry trees and azaleas at other bases. When the plants and trees that we cultivate are flowering, we open our facilities to visits from the public, and large numbers of local residents come to enjoy them.
Our Headquarters has sponsored and provided support for the Wakaba Cup All Japan School Children’s Badminton Tournament held annually in Nagaokakyo city, Kyoto (the home of our Headquarters), since 1992. In addition, we have sponsored the Kyoto High Schools General Culture Festival of Excellence Forum – A High School Traditional Culture Festival for creating, interrelating, and bequeathing since 2008. The establishment of the Murata Prize for this event encourages club activities by high school students who demonstrate top-class performances in each field.
We are also engaged in ongoing support activities that involve us in the local community at other bases, including community cleanup activities and blood donation.
In addition to these, when major disasters occur, we support the community through activities such as providing donations to assist in the recovery of the region and help everyone affected by the disaster.
At present, there are 4,698 non-Japanese people living in Izumo City (a 2.4-fold increase over five years) partly due to an increasing number of due to an increasing number of, for example, Brazilian workers of Japanese descent at Izumo in recent years. We donated equipment such as student desks, chairs, and printers to the Intensive Basic Japanese Classes held by the Izumo Board of Education in order to support the Japanese language education of the children of these workers.