「Possibility of Chemistry.」Denka Co.,Ltd.

Engaging with Local Communities

As of November 30, 2017

Hosting Experimental Chemical Classes

We hold a number of experimental chemical classes for children to provide them with hands-on experience of chemistry. We hope that, after attending such events, children will go on to share with their friends, parents and families the wonders and excitement of chemistry that they experienced at the classes. This is one way that we nurture interest in chemistry and gain people’s confidence in our business operations.
Specifically, Denka participates in the Summer Holiday Chemical Experiment Show for Children sponsored by the “Dream Chemistry 21” committee. Moreover, each domestic plant and the Innovation Center host facility tours and other chemistry experiment shows to which they invite local children and students. These sites also provide on-demand lectures on chemistry at local elementary schools while taking part in community events that involve demonstrations of chemistry. In addition, the plants accept interns looking to gain hands-on vocational experience at production sites.
While supporting the upbringing of future generations, Denka staff often find themselves further motivated by the unreserved expressions on children’s faces of wonder and excitement at seeing the

Summer holiday chemical experiment show for children

Summer holiday chemical experiment show for children

Children's chemistry classes

Children’s chemistry classes

Toyokalon 3W Project

Since commencing the export of polyvinyl chloride-based synthetic fiber under the brand name TOYOKALON* more than 30 years ago, Denka has been striving to satisfy needs of people who wear wigs and hairpieces made using this product, especially women in Africa and women of African origin who live in the United States. To facilitate the general public’s understanding of TOYOKALON, we co-hosted the &ldquote;Wigs for Wonderful Women&rdquote; (&ldquote;3W&rdquote;) Project on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2017, in partnership with Bennett Career Institute (BCI), a cosmetology school based in Washington D.C.
Under the slogan “We Care,” the event welcomed a number of people, including around 50 cancer patients undergoing treatment at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In addition to presenting the cancer patients with wigs and hairpieces made from TOYOKALON and Luxeena, a new fi ber with properties that make it even more like natural human hair, the event featured a hair and style show put on by BCI students. Looking ahead, we will continue to engage in social contribution activities, with the aim of nurturing ties with an even greater number of stakeholders and winning their trust.

* A polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fi ber for wigs and hairpieces that has received extremely favorable user reviews on the international stage, particularly for its quality. Denka was the fi rst to commercialize PVC fi ber of this kind, and products made using TOYOKALON are exported to a broad range of markets, including in Africa and the United States.

Hair and style show undertaken as part of the “3W” Project

Hair and style show undertaken as part of the “3W” Project

Hair and style show undertaken as part of the “3W” Project

The Fureai Trio

Since fi scal 2003, Denka has been sponsoring concerts performed by the Fureai Trio in an effort to help children—the leaders of the tomorrow—nurture a rich aesthetic sense through exposure to music. Over the course of 14 years, the Fureai Trio concerts have been staged on 439 occasions in 184 cities, with a total of approximately 101,000 people attending. The specifi c aim of these activities is to communicate the joy of music to those who have little opportunity to listen closely to classical music. In line with this aim, we help the trio organize ondemand music workshops for students as part of inschool cultural education programs. We also sponsor concerts the trio holds at public cultural facilities for community residents, while assisting when the trio puts on special live performances for people with disabilitie.

The Fureai Trio concert at Nanbu Public Hall

The Fureai Trio concert at Nanbu Public Hall

A music workshop featuring the Fureai Trio (Haguro Elementary School, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture)

A music workshop featuring the Fureai Trio (Haguro Elementary School, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture)

East Japan great earthquake disaster area support

Since 2007, we have established "Volunteer Support Program for Afflicted Areas" to support employee volunteer activities in the affected areas. With the eager employees, the company is engaged in activities to dispatch volunteers to the affected areas. As of October 2016, 67 times of implementation, 603 employees totaled agriculture and fishery support in Minami Sanriku-cho Miyagi prefecture. Going forward, we will help reconstruct this end other disaster-stricken communities so that they can thrive as they once did.

Agricultural support activities(May,2016)

Agricultural support activities(May,2016)

New recruits who participated in volunteer activities

New recruits who participated in volunteer activities

Support activities for victims of affected areas by the Kumamoto earthquake

After the earthquake struck in April 2016, employees of the Omuta Plant have been supporting mainly volunteer activities. We distributed drinking water and emergency rations to local governments such as Kumamoto City, Aso City, Uki City, Mashiki Town and operated soup kitchens at shelters. As of the end of October 2016, more than 176 employees had participated and we will continue these activities.

Soup Kitchen (Hiroyasu elementary school)

Soup Kitchen (Hiroyasu elementary school)

Denka staff at Takumabaru elementary school

Denka staff at Takumabaru elementary school

Supporting Victims of a Massive Fire That Engulfed Streets North of Itoigawa City’s Main Station

On December 22, 2016, a massive fi re erupted at the center of Itoigawa City, rapidly spreading to engulf 147 buildings in a broad area encompassing approximately 40,000 m2 . To support the victims of this disaster, the Omi Plant, based in Itoigawa City, provided futon mattresses and blankets to evacuation centers while making donations to the city government. Moreover, a number of plant employees participated in volunteer activities involving sorting out debris and helping owners of burnt houses retrieve items that connect them with their cherished memories. A total of 70 employees had taken part on 11 occasions by the end of February 2017, when the removal of debris was completed. Also in support of the people of Itoigawa, the Denka Group sponsored a charity concert held on March 2, 2017 at SUMIDA TRIPHONY HALL, Kinshicho, Sumida-ku, Tokyo. Following the performance of Ms. Yuko Saito, a marimba player who grew up in Itoigawa, the New Japan Philharmonic, which generously agreed with the objective of the concert, played the suite From Holberg’s Time—a masterpiece composed by Edvard Grieg—and other selections. At the fi nale, all the performers sang Hana (fl ower), a song penned by Rentaro Taki. With more than 1,000 people attending the event, we were able to raise ¥3,077,413 from ticket proceeds and audience donations. All the funds raised were donated to Itoigawa City.
The Denka Group is determined to rally its strengths to facilitate restoration now under way in districts affected by the.

Denka staff volunteers who helped retrieve mementos

Denka staff volunteers who helped retrieve mementos

All performers were on stage for the fi nale of the charity concert in support of the people of Itoigawa

All performers were on stage for the fi nale of the charity concert in support of the people of Itoigawa