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Approach 4—Working with Local Communities

Figure: CSR Framework

Contributing to Local Communities as a Responsible Corporate Citizen

Kajima aims to develop in step with the local communities in which it operates and recognizes the importance of communication with local residents when carrying out construction activities. Working to gain trust and cooperation within the community, Kajima organizes construction site tours, takes part in neighborhood cleanup campaigns, and offers educational programs for children.

In order to fulfill its responsibilities as a corporate citizen, Kajima also contributes to society through the activities of its non-profit foundations.

Contributing to Society through Community Service Foundations

For many years, Kajima has contributed to society through the Kajima Foundation for the Arts and its establishment of a number of foundations that pursue academic and cultural activities. As a responsible corporate citizen, the company will always stand ready to contribute to society in as many ways as possible.

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Contributing to Local Communities

Disaster recovery after the Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake in 2008—Tohoku Branch in Iwate Prefecture

When the Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake struck on June 14, 2008, a Kajima joint venture was building the Isawa Dam in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture. Following the earthquake, the company joined in efforts to clear away fallen trees as well as stones and earth to restore the area and prevent any further damage or casualties. The Tohoku Regional Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism awarded a company official in recognition of its outstanding contribution to local disaster recovery efforts.

Photo: Disaster recovery after the Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake

Kajima is recognized for its efforts.

Kajima organizes blood drives—Yokohama Branch in Kanagawa Prefecture

Kajima's Yokohama Branch organizes a voluntary blood drive every year, and fiscal 2008 marked the 20th anniversary of its efforts, for which it received an official statement of appreciation from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. Blood drives are also held by the Kajima Head Office and its other branches.

Photo: Statement of Appreciation

The government's statement of appreciation

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Local Events

Kajima Group company holds children's soccer festival—Hokkaido Branch of Kajima Road Co., Ltd.

The Hokkaido Branch of Kajima Road Co., Ltd., a Kajima group company, has held a children's soccer tournament every year since 2002 for children in the second grade and younger. Project manager Yoshitaka Nakajima launched the activities after he heard someone say, "Kids can't take part in the local soccer tournament until they're in the third grade." The tournament started with eight teams from the Sapporo area, but by the seventh year in 2008, the number of participants had risen to 20 teams and some 250 players from around Hokkaido.

Photo1: Children's Soccer Festival

Photo2: Children's Soccer Festival

Photo3: Children's Soccer Festival

Children participate in the soccer tournament, with the top team receiving an award.

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Bringing Up the Next Generation

Students get involved in the construction of a school building—Nara Gakuen School Project Phase II

Photo: Nara Gakuen School Project Phase II

Students tour the site and make tiles.

As part of a school project, students and teachers at Nara Gakuen Junior & Senior High School participated in the construction of a building at their school, which was completed in August 2009.

The school consulted with Kajima with an interest in having teachers and students become involved in the construction to provide opportunities for students to learn about how their current study is related to their future jobs in the real world. To meet the school's request, the company had students make tiles for the new building's exterior walls. In February 2009, the company also gave the students a tour of the construction site, and held a workshop on concrete to give them a chance to try their hand at concrete casting. Students expressed their enjoyment over their involvement in the project with comments such as, "I realized that construction of a building is a complicated process that takes a lot of hard work," and "Recently there have been lots of incidents and news reports about buildings not being built strong enough for earthquakes, but actually going on site and seeing how Kajima built the building really put my mind at ease."

The project was granted a prize at the Kids Design Awards 2008* in the category of Building and Space Design.

* The Kids Design Awards were launched to impartially judge and give proper recognition to designs created by the joint efforts of industrial, government, academic and private sectors. The awarded design must be of social and cultural merit and have proved to help improve industrial and research activities as well as the quality of children's environments.

Photo: Toshio Nomura

Since the school's founding, we've always stressed the importance of personal initiative on the part of students. With this project, as well, we've tried as much as possible to leave things up to students and get them to participate actively and of their own volition. I wanted to see them make new discoveries as a result of this exposure to construction work, which is not something a student normally has much chance of doing. Because junior and senior high school is an important time in the lives of students as they consider their career options, I was hoping that some students might become interested in the construction industry as a result of this school project. In conceiving the project, we hit upon the concept of having the students think about the plans for a new school building. I was actually a bit nervous at first about how it would go, but with Kajima's cooperation, things turned out much better than I expected. I'm really happy to say that the students who participated have gained a real sense of accomplishment through this process of actually seeing their hard work and ideas take shape in the form of the new school building.

School field trips to the Kajima Technical Research Institute—Tokyo

The Kajima Technical Research Institute, located in Chofu City, Tokyo, observes Civil Engineering Day on November 18 each year by hosting field trips for local elementary school students. Tours of the Institute are also offered throughout the year for junior and senior high school students and other persons from outside the company. The Institute hosted some 3,000 visits in fiscal 2008.

Photo: The Kajima Technical Research Institute

Field trip activities

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Overseas Community Service

Elementary School donated by the Shanghai Japanese Commerce and Industry Club

Since 2007, the Shanghai Japanese Commerce and Industry Club has built and donated two elementary schools for Project Hope each year in Anhui Province, located west of Shanghai. The Club is a network of Japanese firms with a presence in Shanghai, of which Kajima is a member. In fiscal 2008, the Club completed construction of two Project Hope schools in Lixin County, Anhui Province. After the Great Sichuan Earthquake, the question of school safety came under intense scrutiny, and a law was passed requiring that schools be built with a guarantee to last for at least 50 years. Kajima provides its assistance in carrying out structural inspections at schools to determine, among other things, the seismic stability of school buildings.

Having safe schools where children can learn contributes to local economic development, and Kajima will continue providing technical support in hopes of bridging future relationships of friendship between Japan and China over time.

Photo: Hope Elementary School

Construction of a Project Hope elementary school is completed.

Photo: Kajima Employees Inspect a Construction Site.

Kajima employees inspect a construction site.

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