CSR Update

2017

March

10th ITOCHU Annual Baseball Class Held at Jingu Stadium

On Sunday, March 5, the ITOCHU Group held the annual baseball class for children with disabilities. Held each year to give the children the chance to experience the joy of baseball, this year marked the 10th iteration of the event and it was held at Jingu Stadium. Former Tokyo Yakult Swallows players Mr. Yamabe and Mr. Kawabata arrived as coaches and ran a baseball clinic that included tee batting, base running, knocks, catch ball and pitching practice in the bullpen. Employee volunteers from 14 ITOCHU Group companies formed pairs with 50 children to provide support from start to finish, and a turnout of around 230 people including the children and their families enjoyed baseball.
Next, through the “ITOCHU Children’s Dream Fund,” an initiative to support the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, two competitive youth baseball teams from Fukushima were invited to Tokyo. The teams played an exchange game with Tokyo teams on the revered ground. The young players received a day-long gift of being able to use the locker room and practice areas used by the pros and experience what it is like to be professional baseball players.

February

Exhibition of Up-and-Coming Japanese-Style Painter Kazuyuki Suto, Wind Blowing Through Seasons, Held at ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE

From Saturday, January 28 to Tuesday, February 14, ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE held an individual exhibition of Kazuyuki Suto, an artist featured in ITOCHU’s picture calendar for 2017. The original paintings used in the calendar and an extensive series of larger versions (170cm × 220cm) were on display, with the theme of the seasons and wind with a focus on small creatures that are close to humans. A painting used for the cover of the new publication titled Buppo no Tanemaki (Sowing the Seeds of Buddhism) written by Yakushiji Temple Chief Tai-in Murakami was also unveiled. During the exhibition period a sermon was given by Tai-in Murakami and workshops were held on creating Japanese-style paintings using natural mineral pigments and stencils, giving many visitors the opportunity to enjoy the seasonal winds expressed in Japanese-style paintings.

Supporting Classes on Intercultural Understanding for Mongolian Host Towns through the Japan Business Federation’s Committee on the Olympic and Paralympic Games

As host towns for Mongolia during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tsubame City and Yahiko Village in Niigata Prefecture jointly held intercultural classes to promote understanding of Mongolia. As a part of activities by the Japan Business Federation’s Committee on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which was established as a united endeavor by the Japanese business community, an ITOCHU employee who has been involved with business related to Mongolia for many years served as an instructor.
A total of 112 people took part in the class held on February 1. Participants included Tsubame Mayor Suzuki, Deputy Mayor Nanba, municipal officials from Tsubame City and Yahiko Village, and members of the Host Town Tsubame City Promotion Committee. While sharing pictures and recounting experiences in the country, the instructor gave basic knowledge about Mongolia, described living conditions and gave insight about the characteristics of Mongolians. At the end of the class, there was a session for practicing Mongolian greetings. With everyone in the audience repeating after the instructor in unison, it ended up being a very lively workshop. For its part, ITOCHU is also proactively offering assistance in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games to create a society that takes the initiative in providing support to foreign visitors to Japan with a “spirit of hospitality” that involves all citizens.

January

ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE Holds Exhibition of the Future of Calligraphy

From Tuesday, January 17 to Wednesday, January 25, ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE held a group exhibition featuring the late Yuichi Inoue and eight contemporary art calligraphers, aiming to cultivate the future generation of artists. The up-and-coming artists being exhibited include Hisashi Yamamoto, who has continued to pursue a new form of calligraphy following in the footsteps of Yuichi Inoue, who pioneered postwar Japanese modern art and was one of few Japanese calligraphers to gain international renown. On the opening day, Yamamoto and Hashiguchi LINtalow gave public performances of calligraphy, presenting calligraphy as a form of contemporary art.

ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE Holds Exhibition: Let’s Celebrate the New Year of 2017 with Art of Various Roosters!

Over a several day period spanning the year-end and New Year period from Friday December 23, 2016 (public holiday in Japan) to Wednesday, December 28, 2016, and from Wednesday, January 4, 2017 to Sunday, January 15, 2017, ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE organized an exhibition as part of a New Year campaign themed after the rooster, which is the animal of the Chinese zodiac for 2017. 110 young artists aged 35 or younger who represent future generations expressed “rooster” across a wide range of genres including Japanese-style paintings, Western-style paintings, woodblock prints and three-dimensional works. During the exhibition, the young artists became teachers, taking part in workshops to carve out images of birds using rubber eraser blocks, and events to produce original tin badges. Visiting customers were able to enjoy creating works while engaging in exchanges with the artists.