Other Activities Supporting Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake
Volunteer Activities by the Nikon Group's Employees for Reconstruction of Areas Stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake
The Nikon Group has established its own Leave System for Activities Supporting Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake to aid employees who wish to engage in volunteer activities aimed at supporting the reconstruction of disaster stricken areas. In the year ended March 31, 2017, a total 68 employees participated in volunteer activities in Tohoku. Since the year ended March 31, 2012, a total of 685 employees have participated.
Nikon Plaza Sendai
From February 2012 to March 2017, the Nikon Plaza Sendai operated as a base station for reconstruction support. The multi-purpose facility housed a community space, a photo gallery and a service center. The community space was provided to NPOs for their various projects and to volunteers for local cultural activities. Professional photographers and photography enthusiasts, related to the Tohoku area, were allowed to utilize the photo gallery to host photographic exhibitions. A total of 126 photo exhibitions were held in the photo gallery and a total of 150 events were held in the community space. Many people made good use of the Nikon Plaza Sendai.
- ※ Operation of the Nikon Plaza Sendai ended on March 31, 2017.
Holding Marche to Support Reconstruction
Since the year ending March 31, 2015, Nikon Corporation has held the Tohoku Reconstruction Support Market annually, an event which supports the reconstruction of Tohoku in which employees can participate without having to travel to the region. In the year ended March 31, 2017, the common space of the building in which the Nikon head office is located was used as the venue, and the event was co-sponsored by four companies located in the building. The governments of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures opened shops selling local specialties, and a great number of employees can to buy Tohoku goods.
Activities up to the Year Ended March 31, 2016
Supporting Reunion Camps of Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization, Fukushima University
In September 2012, Nikon donated 100 compact digital cameras (COOLPIX S3300 and other models) to Reunion Camps, which supported child evacuees from Fukushima and their parental guardians.
Reunion Camps were held sometimes during 2012 to 2014 to provide children, who had to abandon their hometown and move to other areas, a place where they could enjoy spending time with their separated friends and to give them a chance to view their hometown again so that they could get a better sense of themselves.
Nikon employees have supported the project every year since 2012, by assisting children in taking photos at reunions.
Holding a Series of Remembrance 3.11 Exhibitions at Nikon Salon
The Nikon Salon provides a space for displaying fine photographic work by both professional and amateur photographers.
A series of exhibitions on the theme of the Great East Japan Earthquake titled Remembrance 3.11 were held at the Nikon Salon in February and March 2012. Since then, special exhibitions titled Remembrance3.11 have been held there every March. From March to April 2015, the photographer Naoya Hatakeyama held a special exhibition titled Rikuzentakata 2011-2014 showing photographs taken in Rikuzentakata from 2011 to the end of 2014.
Holding Photo Classes for High School Photographic Clubs in Miyagi Prefecture
Since 2012, Nikon Imaging Japan Inc. in cooperation with Miyagi High School Cultural Federation provides training camps for students selected from high school photographic clubs in Miyagi Prefecture so that they can acquire a basic understanding of digital images and practice taking pictures using digital SLR cameras. In the year ending March 2016, Nikon had a 3-day camp from August 3rd to 5th with two professional photographers (Mr. Toshiya Hagihara and Mr. Daisuke Kumakiri) as instructors in Michinoku Lakewood National Government Park. 120 students from 19 schools participated in the camp. A contest requiring photos taken within a limited time at limited places was held. The students took pictures to enter the contest and the instructors together with the students examined the entry photos.
Holding Photo Classes for Photographic Clubs of High Schools
Nikon Imaging Japan Inc. has committed itself to holding photographic classes for a variety of high school photographic clubs in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Those photographic clubs applying to participate are invited via the Senior High School Cultural Federation to acquire a basic understanding of digital images and to actually take pictures using digital SLR cameras. Photographic classes have been held in many high schools to date.
Support for CIPA Photo Aid: Connecting the Past and Future through the Power of Photography and Imaging
Nikon, as a member company of the Camera & Image Products Association (CIPA), both supported and financed the CIPA Photo Aid Fund which was established by CIPA and the Nippon Foundation. The fund's raison d'être is one of affording financial support to non-profit organizations (NPOs/NGOs), volunteer groups, schools, local public organizations and to others who are engaged in recovery aid throughout the disaster-stricken areas. In 2012, the fund continued to provide support for them.
Support for the Project to Restore Your Memories by the Japan Society for Social Service
Nikon endorsed the Japan Society for Social Service's Project to Restore Your Memories. Project members, mostly comprising student volunteers, were tasked with restoring quake-damaged photographs via the removal of any mud, scanning the images and modifying the image data. Entirely gratis, Nikon provided those volunteers across the world who were engaged in the restoration of damaged photos with an account of the photo-sharing service "NIKON IMAGE SPACE" so that image data might be shared.
Support for Messages for Our Children- 3/11: a New Beginning Exhibition Held in Australia by the Recovery Assistance Media Team
Nikon is fully supportive of the Recovery Assistance Media Team of the NPO Visual Media Producers Association for staging the photo exhibition Messages for Our Children- 3/11: A New Beginning in Sydney, Australia. This exhibition has been toured throughout Japan and held at various venues including Haneda Airport and at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The exhibition was held overseas for the first time. The Japan Foundation in Australia hosted the exhibition from May 10 to June 2, 2012, in Sydney, Australia. During the exhibition, a collection of posters depicting personal thoughts belonging to those from the affected areas were on display.
Support for the UNICEF Photo Exhibition of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Nikon supports the UNICEF Photo Exhibition of the Great East Japan Earthquake hosted by the United Nations Children's Fund. In September 2011, the exhibition was held at the Tokyo International forum. 126 photographs were exhibited to show miserable scenes and states after the quake, condition of children, reconstruction assistance activities with the funds. The exhibited photographs were collated thanks to collaboration with newspaper and communication companies in Japan and care of well-known photographers. Over 50,000 people took the time to visit the event.
The exhibition was also held in other Japanese cities and in other countries including USA, South Korea, Australia, Germany and England.
Yahoo! JAPAN 3.11 The Earthquake Disaster and Recovery Photo Exhibition at Nikon Salon bis
Nikon Imaging Japan Inc. supported the 3.11 Earthquake Disaster and Recovery Photo Exhibition which comprised photographs archived by the Great East Japan Earthquake Photo Storage Project as hosted by Yahoo! JAPAN. The photo exhibition ran for one week from March 13, 2012 at Nikon Salon bis in Shinjuku.
Support for the Portrait Photos of Family Members Standing out for Recovery Project
Nikon Imaging Japan Inc. supported a photographic project called Portrait Photos of Family Members Standing out for Recovery. The project was organized by the All-Japan Association of Photographic Societies for the victims living in temporary housing in Soma City, Fukushima. The association visited temporary accommodation sites in Soma between November 2011 and January 2012 to take family portraits and present the pictures to them. Nikon Imaging Japan Inc. provided equipment and assisted photographers in shooting.
Holding Outdoor Class for Students of an Elementary School in Fukushima
In May 24, 2011, Nikon held an outdoor class for 678 students of the Elementary School Attached to Fukushima University, using Nikon digital camera and binocular products.