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MHI Group Employees and Family Members Serve as Volunteers at Shiki Theatre Company's 2017 "Theater of the Heart" Performances in Nagasaki

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Since fiscal 2013, in line with its CSR Action Guidelines and their commitments to "create a more harmonious society" and "inspire the future," the MHI Group has supported the Shiki Theatre Company's "Kokoro no Gekijo" (Theater of the Heart) musical productions aimed at cultivating a richness of spirit among children of the next generation from the Company's local communities. Group employees, as well as their family members, regularly assist as volunteers at the troupe's performances near their workplaces.

Recently, on January 27 six employees and their family members provided operational assistance at morning and afternoon performances of Shiki Theatre Company's original musical "Elcos no Inori" at Nagasaki Brick Hall in Nagasaki. Prior to each performance they ushered the guests to their seats, and at the end of the day they helped dismantle the stage equipment. The two performances were enjoyed by a total of 2,462 sixth-graders from 43 elementary schools throughout Nagasaki.

The participating volunteers spoke enthusiastically of the day's experience. "Activities to develop the next generation are really worthwhile, and seeing the satisfied looks on the faces of the children, I felt they are very meaningful too," one commented. Another remarked on the enthusiasm shown by the members of the Shiki Theatre Company toward these activities, adding that it made her eager to continue participating in social contribution activities in the future. Yet another volunteer said "It was wonderful to see how the performance on stage brought smiles to the children's faces."

The MHI Group is strongly committed to continue actively supporting children of the next generation through activities of these kinds.
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The Shiki Theatre Company performing "Elcos no Inori"

Each performance was greeted with exuberant applause.