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Apr 12, 2017

Hitachi Zosen Organizes Fundraiser to Support Reconstruction of Cultural Properties Damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake

A year on from the Kumamoto Earthquake that struck on April 14, 2016, officers and employees of Hitachi Zosen Corporation express renewed feelings of sympathy to the families of victims and to the survivors enduring ongoing uncertainty.

Hitachi Zosen operates its main factory, Ariake Works, in the town of Nagasu, in Kumamoto Prefecture. Through this local base, the company has worked to aid reconstruction efforts starting immediately after the earthquake hit, such as by sending relief supplies and donations, and running fundraisers. Through business activities as well, Hitachi Zosen has strived to contribute by inspecting and repairing bridges and rehabilitating the Kumamoto City Eastern Environmental Center—projects it delivered in the past—as well as by removing debris using its electric discharge impulse crushing system.

Expanding on these efforts, the Hitachi Zosen Group as a whole has organized initiatives to keep the public updated on the situation in the afflicted areas and to offer further support. From April 14 to the end of May, it will run a fundraiser for the Committee to Support Post-Disaster Reconstruction of Kumamoto Castle, Aso Shrine, and Other Cultural Properties.* During the same period, the main entrance of the Hitachi Zosen head office will showcase a panel display of cultural properties damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake. And on May 9, former judo champion Yasuhiro Yamashita is scheduled to deliver a presentation on reconstruction efforts. Yamashita was born in the town of Yabe (currently Yamato), in Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto, and serves as a nationwide member of the aforementioned committee for post-disaster reconstruction of cultural properties.

The Hitachi Zosen Group will continue to put its technology to use toward realizing the wish for early reconstruction.

* Committee to Support Post-Disaster Reconstruction of Kumamoto Castle, Aso Shrine, and Other Cultural Properties
  The non-governmental organization was formed on July 19, 2016, to support early reconstruction and restoration of the Kumamoto Castle, the Aso Shrine, and other cultural properties in Kumamoto damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake. The committee conducts fundraising activities widely across Japan, both within and outside Kumamoto Prefecture.
URL   http://www.pref.kumamoto.jp/kiji_16505.html

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Panel display of cultural properties damaged
by the Kumamoto Earthquake

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