Coexistence and Co-creation with Local Communities

At our global locations with production and business sites, as well as in the city of Kitakyushu, where Yaskawa is headquartered, we will actively participate in local events, promote sports, and provide a venue for dialogue with domestic and overseas guests and industry-academia-government communications, in an effort to contribute to society and promote co-creation with the local community.

Promotion of Culture and Sports

Supporting World Gymnastics

Fortunately, the 50th World Gymnastics Championships in Kitakyushu were held in October 2021, and Yaskawa supported the event as one of its sponsors. A robot from Yaskawa helped boost the excitement of the event by assisting presenters in awarding medals to winners at an awards ceremony.

Support for “Giravanz Kitakyushu”

“Giravanz Kitakyushu” is a professional soccer club that belongs to the Japan Professional Football League (J. League), and is headquartered in Kitakyushu City. In 1947, Giravanz’s predecessor, Mitsubishi Kasei Kurosaki Soccer Club was founded. In 2010, the club became the 5th J-League member in the Kyushu region after Roasso Kumamoto and the 2nd J-League member in Fukuoka Prefecture after Avispa Fukuoka. Yaskawa is an official sponsor of Giravanz Kitakyushu.

Master Shiko Munakata and Yaskawa

An Encounter between Yaskawa and Master Shiko Munakata

master Shiko

The Master at work

It began in 1951 when the head of advertising’s strong interest in prints created by Master Munakata culminated in a visit to the Master’s studio in Ogikubo. That first encounter became a lifelong relationship as Yaskawa commissioned one Munakata piece after another to grace our facilities as well as our promotional magazines. Some of the Master’s extraordinary pieces eventually evolved into a series of calendars.
Master Munakata was not a leading woodblock print artist in 1951, and, in fact, he was virtually unknown. However, he exhibited his piece “Nyonin Kanzeon” at the International Exhibition in Lugano, Switzerland that same year, and became the first Japanese artist ever to win the coveted top prize there. His print “Shaka Judaideshi” won the Grand Prix at the Sao Paolo International Art Exhibition in 1955, and a series of subsequent wins brought Master Munakata international acclaim. This was soon followed by widespread recognition in Japan as well. International fame never affected our relationship with the Master, and we are honored that he played such an invaluable role in our corporate history and culture over the years.

 

Master Munakata and “The Yaskawa calendars”

Nishi Kaido Munakata Woodblock Prints Hirato Yobiko no Saku

Yaskawa has been producing calendars displaying the works of Master Munakata since 1958. These calendars were sent out to customers at home and abroad, and they have always been extremely popular. Although countless calendars are produced in Japan today, not one of them has been dedicated continually to the works of one artist for so long.
The Yaskawa calendars are distinguished by extraordinary works of art derived from poetry penned by the Master himself. Another striking feature is that the true beauty and natural talent found in the original works were painstakingly reproduced by printing every stunning piece on handmade Japanese paper. Each piece can be removed from the original mounting, remounted and framed for years of enjoyment long after the calendar year has gone.
Many brilliant pieces have appeared in the Yaskawa calendars over the years, but the most notable calendars have to be the Kaido Series that began with the Nishi Kaido Munakata Woodblock Prints from 1971. These truly original collections were the result of close collaboration between Master Munakata and Yaskawa both in the planning and in the journey to gather the materials that were used. No one was more enthusiastic about making the calendars truly great works of art than Master Munakata himself. He wanted others to draw from life, to enjoy beautiful scenery, and to experience the delicacies of provintial areas. The calendars make it clear that he wanted others to enjoy the journey as well.

Visit the Shiko Munakata Museum for details on the works and life of Master Munakata.

Sponsorship of literary coterie magazine “Kyushu literature”

Yaskawa Electric Kyushu Prize for Literature

“Kyushu literature” was launched in 1938 by Ashihei Hino and Shunsaku Iwashita, who were active mainly in the Kitakyushu region, with a view to expanding literary activities in the region.
Although the magazine is a regional literary magazine, it is highly regarded as a gateway to the literary world for newcomers. To date, many Akutagawa and Naoki Prize candidates have been selected from its publications and writers, including Ashihei Hino, Shunsaku Iwashita, and Taneo Harada. Also, “Maboroshi no Yamataikoku” released in the magazine was made into a movie starring Sayuri Yoshinaga and others in 2008.
Yaskawa has contributed to the invigoration of cultural activities in the Kyushu region by holding the “Yaskawa Electric Kyushu Prize for Literature” in the same magazine since 2015.

Providing Support for Measures against COVID-19

In order to support the lives of students whose academic activities are in danger of continuing in COVID crisis, we donated funds to nearby universities and other institutions to help them cope with the crisis.

Community Exchanges

We are working to build a better relationship with the local community by interacting with the local community through factory and site tours, social experience programs, sponsorship of local soccer teams, and participation in local events.

Activities Utilizing Robot Village

Since Yaskawa opened Robot Village at its head office in Kitakyushu on June 1, 2015 as part of its 100th anniversary project, the YASKAWA Innovation Center, an integral facility at the village, has welcomed more than 150,000 visitors as of October 2019. Embracing our hopes to nurture children who are our future and to express our appreciation to the people of the community who have supported us since our establishment, our guides and every one of our staff members aim to deliver the appeals of Yaskawa to the visitors to deepen their understanding for our company.

We will continue to use Robot Village as a contact point that ties Yaskawa with the community by continuing to vigorously take part in local events, offer inspection tours to customers from both Japan and abroad, and as an avenue for communication between industry, government, and academia for our group to co-exist with the community.

Global Social Contribution Activities

United States

IMPACT Corporate Giving Program

Yaskawa established the IMPACT Corporate Giving Program (IMPACT) to support donations and volunteer activities through company-sponsored programs and initiatives.
More than 300 hours of volunteer work were provided for the Radio Reading Services program to help people with vision loss or reading difficulties, and employees have collectively raised over $25,000 for community charities through various events.
In addition, IMPACT supports local communities through a variety of activities, including organizing a year-round food drive to support The Foodbank (a member of Feeding America), which supplies food assistance to local households as well as collecting toys for children who do not have presents at Christmas through the local foster care system.

India

Yaskawa India is implementing various social contribution activities with an emphasis on supporting the education of women and children.
In 2021, we installed photovoltaic power generation systems in several schools, provided systems to support remote education, and installed robots and inverter training kits in vocational training schools.

South Korea

Walking Donation Challenge

Every year, all employees of Yaskawa Electric Korea participate in volunteer activities. In fiscal 21, however, due to the spread of the COVID-19, the activities were organized in a non-face-to-face manner.
Using the mobile walking app on our smartphones, we implemented a project called the Walking Donation Challenge, in which donations are determined by achieving the goal of the total number of steps taken for the month of November.
The app revealed the progress made against the target number of steps and the ranking of the number of steps taken by each individual on a daily basis, which not only helped to eliminate the lack of exercise and improve the health of employees, but also promoted activities within the company, such as comparing each other’s data and planning the next steps to achieve the target.
As a result, we successfully achieved our goal of 30 million steps, which resulted in a donation of 20 million won. The donation was made on December 22, 21 to a hospital in the Daegu area, where Yaskawa Robot Center is located.

Europe

Donations to Doctors Without Borders

We stopped giving Christmas gifts to our customers and donated the money to support Doctors Without Borders, which is engaged in helping people in COVID crisis.

  • Online donation ceremony

Japan

Donation to Kitakyushu City Special Support School

In response to suggestions from employees, donations were made to eight special support schools in Kitakyushu City. Each special support school offers classes in order to cope with various handicaps. As various burdens are increasing due to the effects of the COVID-19, we asked schools about their needs and provided support for the purchase of hygiene products (masks, antiseptic solution, splash prevention panel partition, etc.) for the countermeasures.

  • Letter of appreciation

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