Nurturing Society's Next Generation
We are working to nourish society's next generation in order to give back to diverse, global communities. These efforts are based on an appreciation for local history and culture.
As a member of the many local communities where we work throughout Japan and the world, we promote a wide range of activities through which employees of MUFG can interact with other members of the community and help nurture the future leaders of society. One such initiative is "Save Our Common Treasures of the Earth," conducted in collaboration with a public interest incorporated association, the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. Since 2008, we have been working to reforest the area surrounding the Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage Site in northern Japan, planting 100,000 trees across 44 hectares, an area the size of about 80 American football fields. In the five years starting in 2013, we will take care of the trees we have planted.
Environmental Education Project: "Save Our Common Treasures of the Earth"
In collaboration with a public interest incorporated association, the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan, we support this project aimed at passing on to future generations the common heritage of mankind.
- Dhttp://www.unesco-esd.jp/(in Japanese)
Next Generation Leaders Program for Asia and the Pacific
In collaboration with a public interest incorporated foundation, the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) International, youth throughout Asia and the Pacific are taught organic farming techniques and other skills.
MUFG Graduation Memorial Cup Soccer Tournament
Hoping to teach children the value of interconnectedness and teamwork through sports, MUFG hosts the MUFG Graduation Memorial Cup Soccer Tournament, a youth soccer tournament for sixth-grade students who are about to graduate from elementary school.
Job Shadowing Work Experience Program
This educational program, in cooperation with a public interest incorporated association, Junior Achievement Japan, provides youth an opportunity to learn firsthand about the challenges and joys of the work experience.
Economic/Financial Education Program "Let's Learn about Finance and Economy"
This program, developed in partnership with the University of Tsukuba, teaches children about financial systems and the value of money.
(Photo is of a class at BTMU's Fukuyama Branch.)
- >Let's Learn Finance and Economy(in Japanese)
Gifts for the Future TV Program
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking
I participated in a "Save Our Common Treasures of the Earth" event where we cleared the underbrush around recently planted trees. Clearing thick brush on a steep slope was harder than I imagined, but I soon found a rhythm and time passed quickly. The next day, I went hiking in the Shirakami-Sanchi area and took time to observe the beauty of this virgin forest. I realized then the meaning of our work: that we have to preserve this world heritage for future generations. The experience was also valuable because it allowed me to spend time with other people at MUFG whom I don't normally see.
MUFG companies conduct and support a wide range of activities centered on the theme of bettering society and supporting sustainable growth. These include environmental stewardship, support for culture, sports, and education, and participation in community events.
To promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), for example, we provide UNESCO Associated Schools each with a grant of up to 100,000 yen a year. In FY 2012 we supported 118 schools in this way.
In March 2013, we also held the third ESD International Exchange Program, in which we sent 12 high school students from UNESCO Associated Schools to Germany and France.
Supporting the Activities of UNESCO Associated Schools
BTMU supports UNESCO Associated School activities that teach students about sustainable development (ESD).
Sponsoring the Culture Support Project: Shiki Theatre Company's “Kokorono Gekijou”
BTMU sponsors “Kokorono Gekijou”, a theatre program that seeks to instill in children an appreciation for the value of life and connection with others.
- Dhttp://kokoronogekijou.com(in Japanese)
Peter RabbitTM "Forest for the Future" Environmental Conservation Activities
Since 2009, MUTB has been working with Nagatoro Town in Saitama Prefecture to conserve the local environment by planting trees and clearing underbrush in a community forest on Hodo Mountain.
Sponsoring the Special Olympics Nippon
BTMU and MUTB are sponsors of an international sports organization that provides support for persons with mental and developmental disabilities so they can develop independence and participate in society.
Sponsoring the FIT For Charity Run 2012
Since 2009, MUMSS has helped organize an annual event in which financial companies located in Tokyo raise donations for charity.
Based on the recognition that MUFG is supported by society and the people in communities in which it operates, employees of local branches show appreciation by participating in local community activities.
In FY 2012, employees played a key role at local branch offices of the Group and were involved in a wide variety of activities, such as cleanup events, planting of flower beds in front of branches, tree planting, educational support, company visits, seminars, and charitable projects.