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Our Activities in fiscal 2011

Shimizu Open Academy Activities

Launched at the Institute of Technology in September 2008, the Shimizu Open Academy (SOA) convened in fiscal 2012 for its fourth year. In fiscal 2011, SOA won an AIJ Prize for Education (Award for Outstanding Practice) from the Architectural Institute of Japan in recognition of its contributions to youth education. SOA is a popular study tour destination for students and a training venue for businesses. Foreign university students and government officials eager to learn cutting-edge technologies have also been in attendance. The total number of participants for the last three years exceeds 17,000.

Children listen to a talk on biotopes (from the summer parent-child tour held July 26, 2011)

Children eagerly raise their hands (from a Civil Engineering Day tour held November 24, 2011)

Participation in Japan Fest in Atlanta , Georgia

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Shimizu North America LLC takes part in JapanFest as a member of the executive committee. Intended to introduce Japanese culture, JapanFest has been held in Atlanta each September for 25 years. For JapanFest 2011, whose theme was Wasshoi Nippon (“Rise Up, Japan!”), the Shimizu team and other volunteers used photo and video presentations to inform Atlanta residents of conditions following the Great East Japan Earthquake and collected donations. In addition, led by students from Japanese language schools and local children wearing matching happi coats, the children’s mikoshi portable shrine organized by Shimizu made its way through the venue to the rapt interest of the nearly 20,000 who attended the event.

The children’s mikoshi portable shrine parading through the venue

Mandai Reforestation

In support of the government-initiated Mandai Reforestation Project, 40 Shimizu and subcontractor personnel, led by Mr. Gozu Yutaka, the then General Manager of Singapore Office, took part in a tree planting project on 28th July 2011 in Mandai forest reserve in the central catchment area of the island state. Addressing staff and guests, which included the Deputy CEO of the National Parks Board, Singapore, Mr. Gozu said that the tree planting initiative was part of the company’s overall effort to reduce its carbon footprint. The event saw Shimizu donating $26,600 to National Parks, to add 133 young trees to the forest reserve.

Tree planting participants

Mr. Gozu presenting Shimizu’s donation to Mrs. Mekani, Board Member, Garden City Fund Management Committee and Ms. Peggy Chong, Deputy CEO, National Parks

The Green Float Concept Attracts International Attention

In fiscal 2011, Shimizu had several opportunities to share its Green Float concept— an environmental island floating on the Equatorial Pacific—with people of the world. At TED x Tokyo held on May 21 at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), project leader Mr. Takeuchi, General Manager of Environmental & Technical Solutions Division, took the podium for a speech viewed over the Internet simultaneously by 30,000 people around the world. Approximately 1,500 people visited Shimizu’s booth at the Japan-China Green Expo 2011 held in Beijing, China from June 1 to June 3. Shimizu was also invited to introduce the concept at the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011, Asia’s largest design exhibition, held from September 2 in Gwangju, South Korea, as an example of environmental design and technology for sustaining humanity and the environment. The exhibition was attended by nearly 500,000 visitors.

A scene from the event

Our Activities in fiscal 2010

Thai Shimizu’s Eco and CSR Activities

Since 2007, Thai Shimizu Corporation has pursued various Eco and CSR initiatives. Annual activities include visits to local elementary schools to raise student awareness for the environment, and beach cleanup activities. The school visits were carried out five times over the past four years, with a total of 463 students taking part. The number of participants in the beach cleanup activities increased each time it was held, and is now roughly 100 individuals, including employees, their family members, and participants from business partners.

Teaching students about the environment at an elementary school in Ayutthaya (December 14, 2010)

Beach cleanup at Pattaya (August 21, 2010)

Shimizu’s Vision Named a “Dream Theme” of the Super Collaborative Graduate School

The Super Collaborative Graduate School, in which approximately 50 businesses and other organizations (including 14 universities from across Japan) take part, opened in April 2011, with the goal of producing “Doctors of Innovation” who will serve as capable human resources across a wide range of fields. The Super Collaborative Graduate School will identify research themes that will contribute to global society and advance various research activities through industry, government, and academic collaboration.

Shimizu’s Green Float vision for the future has been named a Dream Theme, a core element of these activities.

Green Float (conceptual illustration)

Interacting with the Community at the Project Site

Site tours for local university students are being held at the construction site of the Pahang-Selangor Raw Water Tunnel in Malaysia, projected to be the world’s sixth-longest tunnel when completed. These tours are intended to help develop the next generation of site engineers by communicating to them the excitement and creativity involved in this profession. The workplace also accepts student interns. Approximately 200 students have taken part in a total of four site tours. Three students have studied as trainee-interns.

A commemorative photo taken during an on-site tour of the tunnel mouth (ADIT-4) by Universiti Teknologi MARA (April 3, 2010)

A lecture on tunnel construction for Universiti Teknologi MARA students (April 3, 2010)

Ecosystem Preservation Activities Undertaken in Partnership with Nonprofits: Animal Pathways

The second wildlife corridor, the Animal Pathway (a land bridge across a roadway), was completed and opened in March 2010 in the city of Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, with the cooperation of nonprofit organizations including the Yamane (Japanese Dormouse) Museum of KEEP. Installing a wildlife corridor to connect wooded areas in animal habitats divided by roads makes it possible to protect small animals from traffic accidents while helping to preserve genetic biodiversity within a species by safeguarding their wide-ranging habitat. These efforts have won high marks for protecting small animals like the yamane, a near-threatened species (NT - Red Data Book) that has been designated a natural monument. In 2010, these efforts were recognized by a prize from the Minister of the Environment in the first contest for corporate activities on biodiversity.

A Japanese squirrel crosses the Animal Pathway

The first Animal Pathway in use

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