Society ＞ Together with the Local Community Promotion of Local Communities
The Group values its connections with people in the communities where it does business. As a member of local communities, we are working to deepen communications with local communities through the sponsorship of regional events and other initiatives, and we are taking steps to contribute to the development of regional society, such as historical and cultural activities and regional activation initiatives.
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Historical Museum
In May 2015, the Company opened the Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Historical Museum on the second floor of the Head Office in Doshomachi, Osaka, which is known as the "pharmaceutical district." Visitors can learn about the history of the Company, which was founded in 1678, and the history and culture of Doshomachi. In addition, using 3D images and touch panels, visitors can learn about such topics as the structure of the human body and how pharmaceuticals work. In the five years since its opening, more than 33,000 people have visited the museum. Not only are we cooperating by providing exhibition materials, we are also cooperating with local events and contributing to the development of the next generation, such as with school off-campus learning activities.
- Certified by “This is MECENAT 2020,” the Certification System of the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts
In July 2020, the operation of this museum was certified under the “This is MECENAT 2020” certification system for MECENAT activities (promoting social creativity through arts and culture) implemented by corporations and corporate foundations under the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts.
*“This is MECENAT” is a system for promoting social creativity through arts and culture by certifying various MECENAT activities and shining light on each of them.
Regional Activation Initiatives in Pharmaceutical District / Doshomachi
The Company is contributing to regional activation through the Historical Museum and the sponsorship of events in cooperation with regional organizations. In Doshomachi, where the Company has its Head Office, the Shinno-sai Festival (a pharmaceutical festival) is held each year on November 22 and 23. The festival is operated and implemented by YAKUSOKO, a Doshomachi organization mainly established by pharmaceutical companies. As a member of YAKUSOKO for many years, the Company has contributed to the festival. In addition, to help support the Shinno-sai Festival, the Historical Museum was opened on holidays during the period of the festival. More than 2,000 people experienced the history and culture of Doshomachi.
Starting in fiscal 2017, we are sponsoring the semi-annual Doshomachi Tanamin Theater, which uses the name of the Company's original character Tanamin. Through rakugo, which is a traditional form of entertainment that is highly popular in Osaka, and lectures about the lifestyles of the time, we are providing opportunities for people to become familiar with the history and culture of Osaka, and these initiatives have been well received.
Furthermore, as an everyday initiative, in cooperation with other Doshomachi exhibition facilities related to pharmaceuticals, we are rolling out a publicity activity under the name Doshomachi Museum Street. The community will work to provide information so that large numbers of people visit Doshomachi, which is the birthplace of Japan's pharmaceutical industry. Moving forward, the Company will strive to contribute to local communities.
Yoshitomi Summer Festival
In August 2019, the Yoshitomi Plant (Fukuoka Prefecture) hosted the Yoshitomi Summer Festival, which is a venue for exchange with members of the local community, on the grounds of the plant. This was the 46th time this regular local event was held. Despite the unprecedented rain, 910 local residents, visitors, employees, and their families gathered on the day of the festival. Most of the scheduled events were cancelled, but it was a festival with warmth typical of Yoshitomi. Also, just as the firework show was to begin it stopped raining, and the fireworks even more beautiful in the clearer than usual air, were greeted by loud cheers and applause. Finally, a grand lottery drawing for luxury prizes was held and the festival concluded successfully. Moving forward, we will continue working to build connections with the local community through the summer festival.
Collaborating with Regional Organizations
In September 2015, a Doshomachi development association known as the Doshomachi Club was established. The Company works as the executive office of the association. The objectives of this organization are to maintain and develop the cityscape, centered on Doshomachi, to implement activities that foster trust and mutual cooperation among the people who live and work in the area, and to build a dynamic community that gathers people who are interested in health. On that basis, the organization aims to link the history and traditions of the Doshomachi pharmaceutical district to the future.
In fiscal 2019, to develop and maintain the cityscape, centered on Doshomachi, we seek to create attractive and people-friendly towns through public-private partnerships, and began to prepare for the relocation of underground electric cables in a road maintenance project due to the removal of utility poles from an area of Doshomachi. As for sidewalk construction, we have finalized designs that meet the demands of local neighborhoods, landowners, and relevant parties.
We are also addressing the “Local Landscape Agreement” system of Osaka City with the support of roadside landowners, and the association was approved as a certifying body.
Also, as a part of our efforts to conduct activities that foster trust and mutual cooperation among the people who live and work in the area, the rooftop greening and winemaking project based on potted grape cultivation produced its first wine. In addition to promoting exchanges between members, we raised awareness of health among many by holding public lectures for the general public.
We will continue to cooperate in activities to create dynamic towns that meet local needs.
Also, in the area where the head office is located, we joined the Semba Club, the Sankyubashisuji Trade Association, and other organizations, and participated and cooperated in various local revitalization activities. On May 25, 2019 (Saturday), we supported the Semba Club by holding the Picnic in Semba – Semba 2030 Proposal Competition Challenge Project utilizing the public space of the Head Office and many people stopped by.
The Living Architecture Museum Festival Osaka, Japan's largest architectural event, is held every autumn. On that day, we also held a special opening of the Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Historical Museum so people could tour a part of the head office building.
In the spring, at the Semba Expo's “Semba Doll's Festival,” the head office entrance is decorated with dolls from Semba merchants.
2nd KJPA Volunteer Event – Kimchi-making volunteers (South Korea)
On November 23, 2019, nine employees (including three expats) of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Korea participated in “Kimchi-making volunteers” sponsored by the Korea Japanese Pharmaceutical Association (KJPA). In this volunteer activity, Japanese expats and their families experience Korea's traditional kimchi-making culture and provide the kimchi they've made (2,000 kg) to 200 households with elderly and socially vulnerable people who live alone in the area. Kimchi-making was a good opportunity for Japanese expats and their families to understand Korea's traditional culture and deepen exchanges with local people.