On August 1, eleven second-year students at Namiki Secondary School in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, visited MHI's Head Office in Shinagawa as part of a career education program. The educational curriculum at this school is designed to foster students' approach to pursuing a profession and to labor itself. The eleven young visitors were selected in recognition of interest they had expressed in the MHI Group as a manufacturer involved in monozukuri-the traditional Japanese concept of craftsmanship.
To begin, the students were given an overview of the MHI Group and how its diverse portfolio encompasses products for use on land, at sea, and in the air and space. The students were then given an opportunity to ask questions. Next, they were ushered to "M's Square," the second-floor showroom, where they observed exhibits of some of the MHI Group's many products. In the "Hands-on Experience" area, they experienced firsthand what kinds of technologies are used in manufacturing actual products.
The students all listened to the explanations very attentively. They demonstrated particularly strong interest toward the MRJ and the H-II launch vehicle. At the end of their visit, they were asked to respond to a questionnaire. They expressed very positive impressions of what they had experienced. "I learned how, unknown to most people, the work performed by MHI supports our everyday lives," wrote one. Another commented, "Today I was able to see many things I'd never seen before." A third student expressed the strong desire to someday travel in an airplane made by MHI.
The MHI Group is committed to inspiring the future under its CSR Action Guidelines. Going forward, it will continue to provide next-generation support activities, such as science classes and internships, for a wide range of age groups, from elementary school children to graduate school students.