Community Contribution

Local Hub of Community Contribution: ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE

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ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE

In October 2012, we opened ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE in the CI Plaza next to ITOCHU's Tokyo Headquarters. We established the facility as a base for our CSR activities aimed at contributing to the development of future generations, making local contributions through art, and contributing to art and cultural promotion, both in Japan and abroad. In Aoyama, an area that thrives with a variety of cultures, we showcase artwork that reflects fresh perceptions and present exhibitions that serve as a bridge for international exchange. In FY2018, the following 9 exhibitions were held, and as of March 2018, ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE had welcomed approximately 200,000 visitors since opening.
ITOCHU will continue to address a range of social issues through art and regularly present exhibitions to contribute to creation of the culture of life in local communities.
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Period Exhibition Issues Summary

March 11 to April 5, 2017

MAZEKOZE ART 3: Collaboration as a theme

Social independence of the disabled people

Pieces of art made by handicapped artists, articles of commerce born through collaboration with companies and original works for designs were exhibited at this art exhibition, the third in a series organized by Get in touch, an incorporated body for which actress Chizuru Azuma serves as the representative, held under the theme of "Collaboration" this year.

April 8 to 10, 2017

"LOVE IT!" silsil Exhibition

Development of the future generation

Artist silsil made her debut in the Kanto region at this solo exhibition held at ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE as a privilege for winning ART BATTLES TOKYO 2016, an event commemorating the fourth anniversary of the ART SQUARE's opening.

April 15 to 23, 2017

"Art of the Rough Diamonds" Exhibition

Social independence of the disabled people

The Tokyo Atago Rotary Club carefully selected about 60 highly artistic works by persons with mental disabilities to introduce them individually as artists. The works were sold and the proceeds were returned in full to the respective artists and welfare facilities to which they belong.

April 29 to May 28, 2017

Bicycle Expo 2017: Bicycle and Mode – Yagami Collection That Has Never Been Displayed

Community Contribution

ITOCHU Corporation hosts Bicycle Expo for community contributions in cooperation with its neighbors in May, which is designated as bicycle month in Japan. ITOCHU Corporation displayed the Yagami Collection, a personally owned collection of precious bicycles that only the people concerned had been able to view previously, on the fifth occasion this year.

June 2 to July 2, 2017

FEEL THE Mucha HEART –designs for the people and love for the home country–

International exchange

As a celebration of the exhibition Alfons Mucha at the National Art Center sponsored by ITOCHU Corporation, we exhibit private collectors' items in Japan, mainly Mucha's commercial posters etc. The exhibition was designated as one of the activities for the Year of Czech Culture.

July 7 to August 31, 2017

Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum Touring Exhibition at Aoyama :Relive the Excitement of the Olympics!

Community Contribution

ITOCHU Corporation offered ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE as a venue for the exhibition for the purpose of developing momentum toward the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and contributing to the local community. Precious articles from the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964 owned by the Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum (which is closed while the construction of the National Stadium is in progress) were exhibited on the occasion.

September 8 to October 31, 2017

a Collaborative Event with National Geographic Titled "The Amazon at the Present"

Environmental Conservation

Thirty-five photos taken by National Geographic photographers showing tropical rainforests in the Amazon, the creatures that live there and ecological problems were displayed at the exhibition, where a section was dedicated to a project for returning Amazonian manatees to the wild.

November 16 to 30, 2017

The 3rd Art Project Exhibition of the Tokyo Metropolitan Schools for Special Needs Education "To the Future – Colors and Shapes that Move the Heart"

Social independence of the disabled people

The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education and the Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Fine Arts collaborated for this exhibition. They jointly selected the 50 pieces shown at the exhibition from among 813 works submitted by 69 special needs schools in the 23 wards of Tokyo.

December 4 to 17, 2017

Let's Celebrate New Year 2018 with Art Featuring Dogs!

Development of the future generation

Just over 100 young artists submitted their works on the theme of the wild boar to the New Year's exhibition on the Oriental zodiac, which was held for the fourth time. Original pictures for New Year's cards by next-generation artists, a special FamilyMart card project, were also displayed and sold at the exhibition.

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"LOVE IT!" silsil Exhibition
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FEEL THE Mucha HEART –designs for the people and love for the home country–
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Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum Touring Exhibition at Aoyama:
Relive the Excitement of the Olympics!
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a Collaborative Event with National Geographic Titled "The Amazon at the Present"

Local Contribution Activities at Overseas Offices

ITOCHU Corporation maintains 99 overseas offices in 62 countries around the world (as of October 1, 2018). In addition to making local contributions through our business activities in each region, as a member of these local communities we consider local issues and how ITOCHU can contribute in its own way, and undertake local contribution activities in each region.
The following is an excerpt of the activities we conducted in FY2018.

Local Contribution Activities at Domestic Locations

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Tokyo Head Office

ITOCHU employees take part in community cleanup activities around our Tokyo Headquarters. As members of the local community, they clean up the street and distribute items for raising awareness by cooperating with the local residents' association, local schools and staff of other companies in the area.

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Osaka Head Office

FY2017 marked the eighth year of activities carried out in conjunction with the Amanosato Zukuri no Kai (Amanosato revitalization group) in Katsuragi-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture. The program involves companies and the residents of rural areas utilizing local resources while engaging in safe and secure rice farming, promoting local production for local consumption, and taking part in collaborative efforts to preserve the local landscape. Young employees of the Textile Company engage in the spring planting and autumn harvest each year as part of their training. In 2016, planting took place on May 30 with the harvest on October 2, with a total of 139 employees and their family members taking part. Young employees also helped with the transportation of heavy goods and facility improvements, including the removal of dirt from ditches, thereby deepening exchanges with members of the Amanosato Zukuri no Kai.

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Chubu Branch

The Chubu Branch conducted its annual cleaning activities around the Nagoya ITOCHU Building on November 19, 2018. A total of 24 people from the ITOCHU Group, including General Manager Matsumoto and 19 other Chubu Branch members and four employees from CI Shopping Service Co., Ltd., collected garbage around the building in four teams. They picked up garbage from places that are usually hidden and difficult to see, including internal hedge sections and areas under pedestrian overpasses as well.

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Kyushu Branch

Since 2011, Kyushu Branch has been involved in the Happy Toys Project (a project in which stuffed animals are sent out to children), which is organized by Felissimo Corporation, a mail-order company. In this project, more than 51,000 stuffed animals, which were made by hand using old clothes and other materials, have been sent to children in 57 countries and regions, including Japan, as ambassadors of smile, with the aspiration of having flowers of smiles bloom on the faces of the children who receive them.

On August 25, three Kyushu Branch members took part in disaster volunteer activities following torrential rain that occurred in the northern part of Kyushu on July 5, 2017. Two more Branch members did the same on September 1. On those two days, the volunteers from the Kyushu Branch removed mud from houses buried under landslides, washed the houses, prepared sandbags and performed other cleanup tasks for restoring and rebuilding the houses. Words of thanks from people in tears who had sustained damage in the disaster made them feel that they had been able to assist with the rehabilitation, however modest their contribution was.

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Chugoku & Shikoku Branch

The Chugoku & Shikoku Branch actively participates in regional contribution activities including Hiroshima Ekiden Race cleanup volunteer activities, Zero Waste Clean Walk, Flower Festival cleanup volunteer activities, Clean Ota River and the volunteer cleanup of the area around the Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima. The branch has also supported cultural events and concerts, and its employees purchase products from local welfare workshops on a voluntary basis, among other activities.

In August 2018, employees and other Chugoku & Shikoku Branch members took part in disaster volunteer activities following the damage caused by torrential rain in July 2018. They performed work at affected houses in Hiroshima City, including mud removal and house cleanup. Moreover, the Chugoku & Shikoku Branch offered a storage site for backup supplies and beverages at the request of the Hiroshima City Council of Social Welfare.

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Hokuriku Branch

On October 21, 2018, the Hokuriku Branch took part in the 27th Hohoemi Sports Festa Kanazawa, a sports event held for people with disabilities. 13 people including employees and their family members from the ITOCHU Group participated as volunteers assisting with the running of events and overall operation, and took the opportunity to deepen exchanges with everyone taking part. Approximately 300 participants were also very happy with the event.