In April 2011, MC established a 10-billion yen "Mitsubishi Corporation East Japan Earthquake Recovery Fund" with the purpose of making concerted efforts for supporting restoration and recovery for the afflicted areas during the first four years following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Besides Employee Volunteer Activities, MC has undertaken various support activities in line with the local needs and conditions in affected areas, including donations for emergency support and equipment, delivered scholarships for students and grants for NPOs and other groups working in disaster relief and recovery.
In spring 2012, MC established the Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation (MCDRF), which took over the scholarship program and support recovery grants from the original fund while also working to support industrial revitalization and job creation in the affected areas.
During the fiscal year ended March 2016, MC decided to donate an additional ¥3.5 billion to the MCDRF. We are continuing our original initiatives and pursuing new projects such as our Fukushima Winery Project, which offers support for the fruit farming industry in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, through an innovative, vertically integrated business model. In March 2019, it unveiled its original wine, which is made from Koriyama grapes.
Employee Volunteer Activities
Reflecting the general sentiment of employees wishing "help out with recovery in affected regions," MC has been continuing the employee volunteer activities since soon after the disaster occurred. In the 10 years until fiscal 2020, 4,958 employees from the Mitsubishi Corporation Group have participated in these activities.
Industrial Revitalization and Job Creation Support
Through the MCDRF, MC has been cooperating with local financial institutions to roll out "Industrial Revitalization and Job Creation Support." So far, MC has participated in a total of 51 of such projects since fiscal 2012.
Through the MCDRF, MC provided support for students who struggle with schooling as a result of disaster. Up until fiscal 2019, MC has provided scholarships to 4,907 students.
Support Recovery Grants
Through the MCDRF, MC provided support to NPOs and social welfare corporations that provide recovery support in the affected regions. MC provided support for 425 projects.
Fukushima Winery Project
After concluding a partnership agreement with Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture, the MCDRF launched “Fukushima Winery Project” in 2015, which offers support for the fruit farming industry in Koriyama City through an innovative, vertically integrated business model. The MCDRF established the “Fukushima Ouse Winery” to manufacture and sell wine and liqueur made from fruit grown in Fukushima.