MC aims to help realize a society where everyone can play an active role. We are continuing our activities to contribute toward a world where everyone can respect each other and coexist regardless of background, physical condition or way of life.
Friendship Camp for Mothers and Children
MC has been holding the two-night, three-day Friendship Camp for Mothers and Children in mountain village of Yoshizato, Minamiuonuma-shi, Niigata Prefecture, every year since 1974. The camp is for single mothers and their children who reside in the Tokyo metropolitan area. This program gives children the chance to interact with nature, something that is difficult to do in a big city, and to make new friends. Mothers, meanwhile, enjoy playing with their child(ren) as well as getting the opportunity to talk about their daily concerns with counselors and exchange information with other mothers. With the assistance of around 30 MC employee volunteers, participants take walks in the mountains, camp out and etc.., among other activities.
Museum and Art Gallery Program
This program is run in cooperation with museums and art galleries, offering people with impairments the opportunity to enjoy private, after-hours exhibitions.
With the support of employee volunteers, it has been held since November 2005 at the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, the National Museum of Science and Nature, and the Science Museum, and more than 10,000 people have visited.
Green Ribbon Running Festival
Aiming to deepen friendships and help us better appreciate life and health, the Green Ribbon Running Festival has been held since 2006.
Enabled runners are teamed with runners with impairments, including those who have undergone organ transplants. MC is one of the festival's original sponsors, and many MC and MC Group Company employees have either run in or volunteered to help organize the event.
MC/Tokyo YMCA Fall Camp at Lake Yamanakako
Since 2003, MC has held an annual outdoor camp during the fall at Lake Yamanakako in Japan for children with learning disabilities. The camp is planned and operated by Tokyo YMCA with assistance from MC as a collaborative program; employees participate on a volunteer basis as camp leaders. The program offers children a variety of challenges designed to build self-confi dence and increase communication skills by learning how to work together in teams. Approximately 40 children participate over 3 days.
Support for the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon
Launched to celebrate the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981, the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon draws the world's top wheelchair racers every year. MC began supporting the marathon in 1991 and MC employees volunteer to help with its organization. The Oita International Wheelchair Marathon also serves as a valuable opportunity for raising global awareness about disability issues.
YMCA International Charity Run
The YMCA International Charity Run is held to support children with impairments and raise awareness and interest in impairment issues. MC is in strong agreement with this event’s objectives, and we have been its official sponsor since 2008. Many MC and MC Group Company employees participate as runners or volunteer to organize the event. Any donations raised are used for outdoor activity programs run by the YMCA, such as camps for children with impairments.
Work Skills Development Support for People with Severe Impairments “Tokyo Colony” and “Mitsubishi Shoji & Sun”
In 1979, MC donated PCs for IT-skills training to the social welfare organization Tokyo Colony, and since 1993 we have continuously supported Tokyo Colony’s at-home PC learning program for people with severe impairments.
MC began supporting Japan Sun Industries, a social welfare organization, in 1979, and in 1983 we teamed with Japan Sun to establish the joint venture company, Mitsubishi Shoji & Sun Co., Ltd. Our joint venture provides a wide scope of jobs to people with impairments, including PC data processing, multimedia contents creation, and on-demand printing.
Soccer School (F.C. Tokyo / Vegalta Sendai)
In 2002, MC began holding a soccer school for children living in foster-care facilities and mothers and children's homes in Tokyo and Sendai City. The school is run about twice a year under the guidance of coaches from the professional soccer clubs F.C. Tokyo and Vegalta Sendai. Every year, around 200 children take part. MC volunteers
handle reception duties, prepare the grounds, and participate in mini games.
Support of Taipei City Yangming Home for the Disabled
Since 2005, MC has supported the Taipei City Yangming Home for the Disabled, which is run by Taipei City’s Department of Social Welfare and is one of the city’s largest care facilities for people with intellectual impairments. Every year, we provide the facility with a wide range of assistance, including improvements to the facility itself, donations of nursing care buses and cargo trucks, and equipment purchases.
West Australia Symphony Orchestra
MC had a valued partnership with the West Australia Symphony Orchestra (WASO) since 2008. WASO is helping to cultivate children’s appreciation for music and arts through a variety of programs. MC supports the Harmony Program that enables WASO musicians to perform for students with disabilities in the comfort of their school environment, and Backstage Pass Concerts for middle and high school students.
Smile Africa Project
MC has been a supporter of this project since it was initiated by the magazine Sotokoto in 2009. Its purpose is to collect gently used athletic shoes in Japan and send them to children in Africa who are forced to live their lives barefoot.