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Using the special characteristics of our work to provide support to the areas impacted by the Kumamoto earthquake

Initiatives of the Sekisui Chemical GroupSupporting areas hit by disaster by providing education for the children

As part of our support for the areas hit hardest by the Kumamoto earthquake, in November 2016, we participated in educational activities for children at the “Fureai Festa in Yoshimatsu” held by Yoshimatsu Elementary School in Uekimachi, Kita-ku, Kumamoto City.

As part of the support effort, 11 people representing the Sekisui Chemical Group participated with the aim of helping the children in the area hit by the earthquake stay well and maintain a positive attitude. (Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Hinomaru Co., Ltd.’s Kumamoto Headquarters and Branch Office, Kyushu Sekisui Kohan Co., Ltd.

Sekisui Chemical Group employees participating in the program
Sekisui Chemical Group employees participating in the program


Around May, after the earthquake, we conducted interviews with the local people, including Kumamoto prefectural officials, asking what the Sekisui Chemical Group could do for the children in the affected area. During these interviews, we had a chance to meet with the principal of Yoshimatsu Elementary School, who responded that it was important that the children have passion, happy lives, and a forward looking attitude.

Based on the words of the principal and the core concerns of our social contribution activities (environment, next-generation, and local communities), we thought about what we could do and devoted ourselves to supporting the children by providing fun and engaging education activities. These included chemical experiments using our special knowledge as a chemicals manufacturer to make slime. The students studied the chemistry of plastics, created slime, and then created a patchwork of slime as a group.

Studying plastics Studying plastics
Studying plastics Making slime

Creating a patchwork out of the finished slime The completed group-project slime patchwork
Creating a patchwork out of the finished slime The completed group-project slime patchwork