MHI's Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

MHI Group relief support activities as of September 1 are as follows.

    Customer support measures

    Support to electric power companies

    • Transport of personnel and materials by company helicopters immediately after the disaster.
    • Supporting efforts to recover power generation capacity through dispatch of equivalent to approximately 18,000 man-days (as of August 31) in order to restore damaged power generation equipment originally delivered by MHI.
    • Production now being strengthened toward early delivery of power generating equipment, such as gas turbines and industrial power generating equipment, at the company's production bases (Takasago Machinery Works, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, Sagamihara Machinery Works)
    • Free loan of 5 electric vehicles for business use at electric power companies.
    • Provided a total of 143 portable generators equipped with Meiki engine.
    Gas Turbines

    Support to Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant

    Providing proposals and cooperation useful to recovery efforts based on common nuclear power technology even though the reactors used at Fukushima plant are different from the pressurized water reactors (PWR) handled by MHI.
    • Performed conversion work at Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works on "Mega-Float" provided to TEPCO by Shizuoka City to store large volume of water pooling at the reactors.
    • Delivered 2 specialized vehicles built on 15-ton forklift bases to clear rubble near the nuclear power plant.
    • In response to requests from TEPCO, feasibility studies are in progress for treating contaminated water, shielding against radiation, preventing spread of radioactive materials, etc.
    Forklift with Radiation Shielded Cabin

    Other support activities

    • Lending support toward restoration of local waste treatment facilities damaged by the tsunami. Also responding to inquiries from affected municipalities, etc. regarding simple incinerators (widely used after Great Hanshin Earthquake)
    • Response under way toward restoring social infrastructure – bridges, electronic toll collection systems, beverage fillers, newspaper rotary presses, paper converting machinery, etc. – in the disaster-affected areas.
    • Supporting affected customers to restore machine tools and air-conditioning systems; a product support system has also been established.

    Relief support to disaster areas

    Relief assistance and fund-raising campaigns

    • MHI Group to provide relief assistance equivalent to approx. 500 million yen.
      Total includes monetary aid and emergency supplies. (for daily needs, etc.)
    • Relief fund-raising campaigns were conducted at the Head Office and all company works. Approx. 45 million yen has been collected, and the company plans to provide a matching amount, for a total value equivalent to 100 million yen.
    Launched relief fund-raising campaigns

    Support of medical activities

    • Transportation of medical supplies to Fukushima region using company aircraft. Approx. 500kg (arranged through Nagoya Medical Association) was transported by 2 flights on March 19 (from Nagoya Airfield to Fukushima Airport).
    • Dispatch of doctors and nurses from company medical facilities (Mitsubishi hospitals) at request of Japan Medical Association et al.
    Mitsubishi Nagasaki Hospital
    : 1 nurse assigned to Kesennuma City (Miyagi Pref.) from March 31 to April 5.
    Mitsubishi Kobe Hospital
    : Dispatched 1 medical doctor to Fukushima Prefecture from March 24 to May 11; additional doctors will be sent at request. Dispatched 1 nurse to Ishinomaki City (Miyagi Pref.) from May 6 to 10, and again from May 22 to 26.
    Mitsubishi Nagoya Hospital
    Doctors will be sent at request.
    Transported medical supplies using company aircraft
    • Cooperation in receiving patients at company medical facilities (Mitsubishi hospitals)
      Notification of acceptance at 5 company hospitals (Nagasaki, Kobe, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Mihara) sent to Japan Medical Association.

    Provision of company facilities for disaster victims

    • Registration at municipalities of company facilities available to accepting victims.
      Company housing: 179 households (10 locations)
      Dormitories: 111 persons (5 locations)
      Recreational facilities: 285 persons (2 locations)
    • Offered 9 company housing units at Sagamihara Machinery Works to companies in affected areas.

    "Support Tohoku" project at company dining rooms (with Dia Food Service Co., Ltd.)

    • Menus feature foods and alcoholic beverages (night shift) from the disaster areas, now victim to fear mongering. Provided approx. 1,000 meals in total at the Shinagawa Head Office Building and the Yokohama Building, employee dorm dining halls, etc.; progressively expanding to company works, etc. nationwide. Introduced into dinner menu at Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works.
    • 10 percent of alcoholic beverage sales to be allocated to relief fund.
    • Display and sale of local specialty products of the disaster areas.
    Support Tohoku Project poster

    Tohoku Product Fairs

    • To support specialty products from the disaster areas, from June 14 to 16 a "Tohoku Product Fair" was held at the Shinagawa Head Office Building for company employees and employees at neighboring companies. Similar events were conducted by company works (Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, Takasago Machinery Works, Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works, Hiroshima Machinery Works, Mihara Machinery Works, Ritto Machinery Works) in conjunction with summer festivals, etc., for their employees and local communities.

    Dispatch of employee volunteers

    • Approx. 110 employees from the Tokyo area (Head Office, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, Sagamihara Machinery Works) were dispatched to the disaster areas as volunteers. There were 3 dispatches between May 24 and June 10, each lasting 4 days and involving 24-40 employees. Locations were evacuation centers in Kesennuma, Minami-Sanriku and Tome in Miyagi Prefecture. Activities included cooking, cleaning of evacuation centers, and delivery and sorting of relief supplies.
    Cooperated in the delivery of relief supplies
    • The DynaBoars, the rugby team of the Sagamihara Machinery Works, conducted rugby clinics in Sendai City on April 24 and in Ishinomaki City on May 22 and June 26; a total of 220 people participated, from primary school children to adults. On April 25 and July 11 the DynaBoars helped disaster victims clear mud from their homes and performed similar chores.
    rugby clinic
    • On July 5-7, 6 new employees at the Ritto Machinery Works, headquarters of the company’s machine tool operations, helped clear mud from homes and farmlands in Higashi-Matsushima City (Miyagi Pref.)
    • On July 19-20, 7 employees from the Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works performed cleaning, etc. of stricken homes and hotels in the cities of Ofunato and Rikuzentakata (Iwate Pref.)
    • On July 30, 51 employees from the Head Office, including the Tohoku Branch, performed rubble removal and sorting work, etc. in Rikuzentakata.
    • On July 28 at elementary schools in Minami-Sanriku, employees conducted science classes using the wakamaru robot and taught the principles of flying through crafting of paper airplanes.
    conducted science classes using the wakamaru robot

    Other activities

    • The company donated and installed 13 air-conditioning units at evacuation centers in the towns of Otsuchi and Yamada in Iwate Prefecture.
    • The company donated forklifts to support fishing port recovery efforts in the cities of Miyako (Iwate Pref.) and Kesennuma.
    • The company also donated air purifiers, solar energy generating systems, and other relief materials.
    donated forklifts

    Energy Conservation Measures for Summer Peak Season

    Toward reducing peak power consumption by 25 percent vs. 2010, the following energy conservation measures are planned in addition to those already in progress. (Shinagawa and Yokohama Head Office buildings, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, Sagamihara Machinery Works)

    • Expanded operation of stand-alone power generators at Shinagawa Head Office, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works and Sagamihara Machinery Works
    • Introduced extended holiday plans at the Shinagawa Head Office Building and the Yokohama Building for 10 days in July (16-25) and 12 days in August (11-22). Some holidays originally scheduled in the autumn and after will be converted to work days.
    • Partial changes will be made to the summer holiday schedules at the Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works and Sagamihara Machinery Works. From July through September, some Mondays will be taken as holidays and some Saturdays will be workdays.

    Shinagawa Head Office Building, Yokohama Building, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, Sagamihara Machinery Works Calendar

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