KYOCERA Hosts 4th Cultural Exchange Tour for Vietnamese Children 12 middle school students spent seven days in Japan engaging in international exchange
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto) hosted its 4th Cultural Exchange Tour to Japan for Vietnamese Children from July 30 to August 5. For this year’s program, the company invited 12 children from Hanoi, Hung Yen and Hai Phong cities to provide them with firsthand experience of Japanese culture so that they can grow up to become internationally-minded citizens, and help bridge Japan-Vietnam relations in the future, and live prosperous and fruitful lives as leaders in various fields.
Welcome reception held at Kyocera Headquarters in Kyoto
The tour included visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Shiga, with a variety of programs designed to introduce Japanese culture and everyday life. During their stay, the children learned about Japan’s modern technological developments at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, experienced traditional Japanese culture by visiting Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari Taisha, known worldwide as one of the most iconic shrines in Japan, and visited a middle school where they interacted with Japanese students of the same age. The children also learned about Japan’s culture of monozukuri (manufacturing style) during a factory tour at Kyocera’s Shiga Gamo Plant. For the second half of the tour, the children experienced Japanese life through a three-day home stay with Kyocera Group employees.
Children interacting with Japanese students by playing Kendo, a Japanese traditional sport (left), and by cooking dorayaki, traditional Japanese pancakes (right)
Children enjoying Japan’s summer holidays with their host families
Background and Purpose of the Program
The cultural exchange tour program was conceived by company’s founder Kazuo Inamori, who was deeply moved by his first visit to the United States in 1962. Kyocera began sending Japanese children on foreign tours in 1976 reflecting Inamori’s hope that providing children with opportunities to interact directly with foreign cultures will help them develop broad perspectives and dreams for the future. Furthermore, since 1978 Kyocera has organized tours for children of foreign countries to visit Japan.
Vietnam is the third country from which children have taken part in exchange tours in addition to the United States and China. All three countries have large-scale Kyocera manufacturing bases, and the company has accepted more than 1,000 children from foreign countries to date.
Kyocera Corporation (TOKYO:6971) (https://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2019, the company’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.62 trillion yen (approx. USD14.6 billion). Kyocera appears on the “Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators 2018-19” list by Clarivate Analytics and is ranked #655 on Forbes magazine’s 2019 “GLOBAL 2000” list of the World’s Largest Publicly Companies.
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