With Communities

Interacting with Community

Offering Office and Plant Tours

Akebono provides society with safety and security through its products, services, and business activities.

One of these corporate activities is the provision of driving skill improvement training for the local police force at our Ai-Ring test course located in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. The course has been provided for seven years as of 2010. In fiscal 2017, Fukushima Prefectural police force’s expressway patrol unit and high-speed mobilization unit conducted practice on the test course. Both units performed well in the National Police Motorcycle Safe Driving Competition held in October. Akebono received a certificate of thanks from each unit in December.

Initiatives to Develop in Step with Local Economies

Akebono Brake Astra Vietnam supports nurses seeking employment

Congratulating new Second Change Project hires

Congratulating
new Second Change Project hires

In September 2017, AAVH launched the Second Chance Project; a special project to support nursing school graduates unable to find employment in a medical institution. In Vietnam, the number of nurses and assistant nurses exceed demand, which has led to unfulfilled dreams for a portion of graduating nursing students year after year. The Second Chance Project employs nurses and assistant nurses who have graduated within the last year as manufacturing operators. As part of their jobs they deal with employee health and hygiene management and present lectures on illness prevention. One year after joining the company they are provided with a special bonus to aid in another attempt at seeking employment in a medical institution. The goal is to employ a total of four people by the end of September 2018.

Helping to Strengthen Japanese-French Exchanges

Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris

Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris

The 28th meeting of the Club Franco-Japonais held in Tokyo in 2017 and attended by Akebono’s company president.

The 28th meeting of the Club Franco-Japonais
held in Tokyo in 2017
and attended by Akebono’s company president.

2018 marks 160 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and France and to commemorate “Japonism 2018,” a celebration of Japanese culture, is being in Paris and other cities throughout France from July 2018 to February 2019. Various celebrations of Japanese art will be held at the Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, one of the major venues for the event. Our Chairman, President, and CEO, Mr. Nobumoto has served as the auditor of the private organization, Amicale au Japon pour la Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (with 74 member companies) for many years supporting the venue’s activities from a financial perspective.

Since its establishment in 1997, the Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris has worked to strengthen Japanese-French and Japanese-European relations across a wide variety of areas, including culture, society, and economics. The Maison disseminates Japanese culture and the latest information about Japan by holding exhibitions and performances while providing a venue for Japanese-French exchange. In recognition of these achievements in Japanese-French cultural exchange, the Amicale au Japon pour la Maison de la culture Japon à Paris received a commendation from the Foreign Minister in 2017.

Additionally, Mr. Nobumoto has served as treasurer for the Association pour la Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, which supports the programs held at the Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris through financial contributions from the Amicale au Japon pour la Maison de la culture Japon à Paris. Since 2016, he has served as the First Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Japan in addition to being a member of the Club Franco-Japanais, an entity that brings together government leaders and leaders of major Japanese and French businesses to discuss economic and trade issues. Akebono’s participation in these various Japan-France-related organizations has contributed to strengthening exchange between Japan and France.

Social Contribution Activities through an Event at the U.S. Site

Akebono Engineering Center holds an event at the end of each year where employees and their families come together to enjoy a meal with music and dance. This seasonal event is steeped in the spirit of American tradition, and is intended to deepen the bonds between employees and their families. The event also combines a social contribution activity with employee participation, namely an annual raffle where employees purchase a ticket or donate toys. The money and toys collected through the raffle are donated to charity organizations.

The Cool Japan Festival held in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

The Cool Japan Festival
held in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Kentucky’s Elizabethtown Japanese School celebrated the 30th anniversary of its establishment in 2017 and to celebrate a Cool Japan Festival was held in November. This supplementary school was founded in full cooperation with Akebono a year after AmBrake (Akebono Brake, Elizabethtown Plant) was established to help maintain the Japanese language skills of the children of associates stationed overseas. The event featured a variety of Japan-related exhibits and presentations, including kabuki, kimono, the Tokyo Olympics, anime, origami, and cosplay, helping to deepen the mutual understanding between Japanese and local residents. Akebono hopes to continue strengthening its ties to families and the community as well as making meaningful contributions to society.

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