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Nurturing Generations Responsible for the Future

Tokio Marine Group is promoting social contribution through the establishment of foundations to nurture generations responsible for the future with the aim of developing youth and promoting sport. In addition, we implement local social contribution activities in conjunction with employees worldwide who volunteer to deliver lesson programs and environmental education as well as with local and social action volunteers and NGOs. We also provide support to charity organizations.

Relation between written content and SDGs
Relevant goal Relevant target Description of related content
4. Quality education 4.1 Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education
4.6 Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
Ashinaga Charity & Walk Participating in Room to Read’s Educational Support Program in Developing Countries
8. Decent work and economic growth 8.6 Substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training Ashinaga Charity & Walk Participating in Room to Read’s Educational Support Program in Developing Countries

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Foundations

Tokio Marine & Nichido promotes social contribution activities through three foundations with such aims as helping young people grow, encouraging international cultural exchange and promoting sports in the local community.

Social Contribution Activities through Foundations

Tokio Marine & Nichido promotes social contribution activities through three foundations with such aims as helping young people grow, encouraging international cultural exchange and promoting sports in the local community.

Tokio Marine Kagami Memorial Foundation was established in 1939 and initiated a scholarship program in 1941. The foundation provides scholarships to students at Japanese universities and graduate school exchange students from ASEAN nations and assists academic studies by researchers.

Tokio Marine & Nichido Educational Development Fund, established in 1984, offers assistance to elementary school and junior high school children orphaned through traffic accidents and for educational research by educators.

The Tokio Marine Sports Foundation was established in 1937 with the aim of promoting sports activities among the public to help bring bright and enriched lives to the people of Japan. The two facilities owned by the foundation, Nasu Sports Park and Toda Boathouse (a water sports facility), are used by a wide range of groups from young children to senior citizens. The foundation is also involved in local support exchange events planned by members of Tokio Marine & Nichido’s sports teams and charity concerts given by the company's orchestra.

Overview and Activities of Each Foundation

Foundation Name Summary Activities in Fiscal 2017
Tokio Marine Kagami Memorial Foundation
  • Provides scholarships and educational training assistance to students at Japanese universities and graduate school exchange students from ASEAN nations
  • Provides academic research aid and earthquake research aid to young social science researchers
Scholarships awarded: 110
Research assistance: 7 projects
Tokio Marine & Nichido Educational Development Fund Provides assistance for educators and to children orphaned through traffic accidents Financial assistance for education and research:146
Scholarships for children orphaned through traffic accidents:114
The Tokio Marine Sports Foundation Promotes sports activities in local communities Number of persons using Nasu Sports Park:58,400
Number of persons using Toda Boathouse:4,350

Awareness-Raising Activities

We encourage children who will take the lead in the next generation to think about environmental issues and disaster preparedness through our lesson programs delivered to schools and other environmental initiatives.

Holding Aerospace Classes with the Local Community to Nurture People Interested in Aerospace

Tokio Marine & Nichido aims to contribute to the advancement of local economies and society by actively participating in regional revitalization efforts.

Going forward, further growth is expected in the Tokai region, where the aerospace industry is concentrated. Tokio Marine & Nichido has been running aerospace classes for elementary and junior high school students that provide education and include experiments related to aerospace. The idea behind the initiative is a desire to increase the opportunity for children to become interested in aerospace since it is the younger generation who will bear responsibility for the future of the aerospace industry.

The project makes use of know-how accumulated in risk management relating to the aerospace industry and of our own industry-government-academia network built on ties with Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya University, and has been made possible owing to our community-based work that includes contribution to human resources development.

When the Aichi Museum of Flight (Toyoyama City, Aichi Precture) opened in November 2017, an aerospace class was held for a total of 600 people, both young and old, who came to the venue as a kickoff event. The classes will be held regularly at the museum in the future and the scope of the activity will also be expanded beyond Aichi Prefecture as a means to generate more aerospace-related human resources in the Tokai region, which will contribute to the advancement of Japan’s aerospace industry.

“Group Work on Managing Risks and Opportunities”: Career Development Program for Junior High and High School Students

Career education has never been more important. Tokio Marine Group has collaborated with universities, NPOs and educators to develop its own career education program using card games and teamwork activities. In the program, “Group Work on Managing Risks and Opportunities,” students become owners of a bakery and have to think about ways to operate the bakery successfully over a long period, including how to use insurance. The lesson simulates responses to various risks associated with owning a business, enabling the students to discover issues for themselves and solve them collaboratively. From fiscal 2017, the program is being expanded throughout Japan, with a total of 530 people receiving career education to date.

Programs for Children (Delivery of Lesson Programs and Environmental Education)

We encourage children who will take the lead in the next generation to think about environmental issues and disaster preparedness through our lesson programs delivered to schools and other environmental initiatives.

Local Community and Social Contribution Activities

Through its employee volunteers, Tokio Marine Group supports orphans and cooperates with the proliferation of Child Line together with educational NGOs like Ashinaga.

Ashinaga Charity & Walk

Tokio Marine & Nichido and Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company jointly held a charity walk event, Ashinaga Charity & Walk. From Tokio Marine & Nichido, a total of 1,747 employees and their families participated in this event at 67 venues across the country. A portion of their participation fees was used to support orphans as described below.

  • Donated to Ashinaga to be used for the following purposes to support orphans:
    • Construction and operation of Tohoku Rainbow House, a healing space for children orphaned by the Great East Japan Earthquake
    • Scholarship loans for orphans who want to attend high school, university, junior college or other educational institution
    • Support for Ashinaga’s scholarships for international students
  • Allocated as financial assistance to orphans living in prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake through donations to orphan support funds

Supporting Child Line Support Center Japan

Tokio Marine & Nichido has invited the specified NPO Child Line Support Center Japan to give a lecture about the organization’s activities every year since 2012. They discuss some of the anxieties and other issues brought up by youths through Child Line, a dedicated phone line that children can call free of charge from anywhere in Japan. After this, Tokio Marine Group employees serve as volunteers for delivering cards inscribed with the Child Line telephone number to children. Employees from Tokio Marine Asset Management and Tokio Marine Business Support volunteer for sending the cards to the children.

Disaster Education Support for Children in China

Disaster Prevention Lessons in China

In 2016 Disaster Prevention Lessons were extended beyond Japan, as this program also commenced at The Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Company (China) Limited. In China, the concept of preparing for a fire or natural disaster still has not firmly taken root in society. For this reason, it is necessary to raise disaster prevention awareness of society as a whole. We developed our educational materials from scratch in consideration of the characteristics of disasters in China and held Disaster Prevention Lessons for elementary schools and junior high schools. We incorporated original content into this program to ensure children could understand the lessons without getting bored. This included using easily understandable materials using pictures and drawings, explanations that incorporated gestures and impersonations and student participation using a quiz format.

As of the end of fiscal 2017, around 630 children in the four regions of Shanghai and Sichuan, Henan and Zhejiang provinces had received the lessons on a total of 10 occasions.

Educational Assistance for Children of Migrant Workers in China

Since 2009, Tokio Marine Group has been collaborating with the All-China Youth Federation to support children of migrant workers (children living in farming villages while their parents work in the city). We have established support facilities in over 230 locations throughout China, and Group employees engage in various volunteer activities every year.

In June 2017 some 25 employees undertook volunteer efforts at an elementary school in Hebi City, Henan Province, in China, beginning with Kunio Ishihara, advisor at Tokio Marine & Nichido. It was a meaningful interchange that included disaster preparedness lessons based on the themes of fire and earthquake with around 35 children on the school grounds and in the classroom.

Tokio Marine & Nichido (China) has been highly praised by a local Communist Youth League for providing the disaster preparedness lessons, which include using a pencil board, a new addition to the lessons.

Supporting Education at an Elementary School in Taiwan ~Community-Based Volunteer Activities

Employees from Tokio Marine Newa Insurance of Taiwan have been volunteering as pedestrian crossing attendants at Zhongshan Elementary School based on the concept of “Community Cultivation, Society Caring.” The attendants have clocked up around 3,500 hours over more than 12 years providing the service. The company has also contributed to the art and literature program of Chuusei Elementary School as a means to give back to the local community, including setting the curriculum, developing the classrooms, holding art exhibitions and concerts, and starting a percussion orchestra comprised of students with hearing disabilities. The total amount of donations reached NTD2,990,000 by the end of 2017. In recognition of these efforts, Tokio Marine Newa Insurance was awarded the silver prize from the New Taipei City Education Bureau on the 110th anniversary celebration of Chuusei Elementary School. Tokio Marine Newa Insurance will continue to support the learning and growth of local children.

Donations and Other Support

Tokio Marine Group works to promote sports, support orphans of traffic accidents and educate youth in different countries around the world through our backing of international and domestic NGOs and charity organizations.

Cooperating with the NPO Association for Assistance to Children Orphaned in Traffic Accidents

Nisshin Fire has continued to support children who have lost one or both of their parents in traffic accidents through the NPO Association for Assistance to Children Orphaned in Traffic Accidents since 2008.

In fiscal 2017, a total of 153,872 yen collected from employees was donated to the association.

Going forward, the company will continue supporting children orphaned in traffic accidents through this NPO.

Serving as a Special Sponsor of the JOC Junior Olympic Cup Swimming Tournament

Tokio Marine & Nichido started providing support to the Japan Swimming Federation as one of the initiatives undertaken to commemorate its 110th anniversary in 1989, with this year marking the 30th year of support. Specific efforts include serving as a special sponsor of the National JOC Junior Olympic Cup Swimming Tournament held twice a year and providing support for the costs of attending overseas competitions and training camps for Junior Olympic athletes. The company contributes to the healthy development of young people who will represent the future by promoting swimming.

Participating in the TABLE FOR TWO Charity Initiative Aimed at Achieving an Optimal Food Balance in the World

Tokio Marine & Nichido participates in the TABLE FOR TWO initiative and has been offering a TABLE FOR TWO menu in the employee cafeteria at its head office.

TABLE FOR TWO is an initiative to donate a part (usually 20 yen) of the price of a lunch offered in a company cafeteria to school meal programs in developing countries.

Of the total world population of almost seven billion, one billion people suffer from hunger while another billion are experiencing obesity and other diet-linked, lifestyle-related diseases. To eliminate this serious food imbalance, the TABLE FOR TWO initiative was launched in Japan in fall 2007. The amount of 20 yen donated from every lunch is equal to one school meal in developing countries. Thus, the name "TABLE FOR TWO" came from the idea that each of us in a developed country shares a table with one child in a developing country. We are having lunch together, beyond time and space.

Overview of TABLE FOR TWO in Tokio Marine & Nichido

Location Employee cafeteria at the head office
Method Purchasing a 580-yen TABLE FOR TWO lunch (680-800 kcal) automatically donates 20 yen through the NPO TABLE FOR TWO International, which will be used to buy school meals for children in developing countries

Participating in Room to Read’s Educational Support Program in Developing Countries

Tokio Marine & Nichido has participated in the educational support effort led by the international NGO Room to Read since fiscal 2010. Over the eight years from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2017, the company donated about US$100,000 annually, providing educational support for a total of about 1,900 girls to help them attain independence in the future and offering a study environment for children by opening 21 reading rooms in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

For girls not attending school for economic reasons or because they are tied to household duties as a result of their parents’ lack of understanding, the program offers financial aid for tuition fees and endeavors to convey the importance of education to their families through home visits. These efforts have allowed girls to continue their education, with many achieving excellent performance in their schoolwork to make their dreams a reality.

India, Bangladesh and Vietnam are three mangrove planting regions covered under the company’s ongoing Mangrove Planting Project initiated in 1999. Through the Mangrove Planting Project and educational support program, Tokio Marine & Nichido thus carries out the dual-purpose global social contribution activities of nurturing both trees and people.