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Tamachi Building Co. Invites Local Nursery School Children to Sweet Potato Dig at Company's Rooftop Garden

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On November 17 Tamachi Building Co., Ltd., an MHI Group company, invited children attending a nearby nursery school to a sweet potato digging event at the rooftop garden of a company-owned building in Minato-ku, in central Tokyo. The event had two aims: to provide the youngsters an enjoyable opportunity outside the classroom to learn about growing healthy food and safeguarding the environment, and to promote exchanges between employees and people from the local community. Tamachi Building has been holding vegetable digging events in early summer and autumn since November 2009, and this was the fifteenth to date.

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The dig took place on the roof of the Dai Ichi Tamachi Building, which is situated directly across from East Japan Railway's Tamachi Station. The rooftop of the main building is home to a garden 219 square meters in area, of which 21.5 square meters is used as a vegetable garden. Sweet potato seedlings were planted here in late July by children attending the Minato Ward Shiba Nursery School. Sweet potatoes had been chosen because they offer a high green coverage rate in the summer, when good insulation from outdoor heat is wanted, and also because the pleasures of harvesting them can be enjoyed in autumn. There was some anxiety that this year’s sweet potatoes may not have grown well because of this summer's long rains and typhoons, but in the end the crop was ready for harvesting on schedule.

A total of 30 3-year-old children attending the Shiba Nursery School participated in the event. First, staff from Tamachi Building explained how to dig the sweet potatoes, and then the harvest got underway with support from company employees and the nursery school staff. The participating children gave squeals of delight as they dug the potatoes out of the soil atop a building they always see from their nursery school.

Tamachi Building was established in 1964 as a wholly owned MHI Group company. Today the company's business scope includes ownership and operation of rental office properties, operation and management of MHI buildings, and related businesses. In line with its business philosophy pledging the provision of safe and comfortable office spaces and high-quality services, and in reflection of MHI's CSR Action Guidelines and environment policies, Tamachi Building proactively undertakes initiatives to protect nature and support education.

Going forward, Tamachi Building will continue its CSR activities as its way of making environmental and local contributions.

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