Major Programs for Engagement with Local Communities
Fuji Xerox and its affiliates continue to conduct a range of activities to identify and meet local needs. We introduce some of these activities in the following.
Education for future generations: Offering Learning Materials in Emerging Countries
In the Asia-Pacific region, where Fuji Xerox is doing business, there are many children who have limited access to primary education. This project contributes to narrowing educational gaps among children in emerging countries through the distribution of learning materials for primary education.
Fuji Xerox supervises the project in its entirety, finding partners who will donate content and financial sponsors who will cover printing and other costs in order to create materials that meet local needs. The created materials are printed out in the quantity required using Fuji Xerox production printers, and the copies are distributed to children who lack sufficient educational opportunities as a means of supporting their education in cooperation with local NGOs and communities. We aim to use the project to distribute materials to 100,000 children in the Asia-Pacific region by 2023, gradually expanding the support target through cooperation with more companies and NGOs.
We launched the project first in the Philippines in 2014 and then expanded it to include Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. With the participation of 600 employees in total, we have supported about 90,000 children, changing the form of support according to the local situation and needs in each country.
Conservation of diminishing cultures and information, Reproducing and Utilizing Historical Documents
On the theme of “timeless communication,” using our multifunction devices and advanced technologies in combination, Fuji Xerox helps reproduce historical and other traditional documents.
The initiative was launched by Fuji Xerox Kyoto in 2008 to contribute to cultural inheritance through the reproduction of traditional documents as part of its social contributions. To reproduce more colorful and exquisite originals, the development team also joined the initiative, which scaled up the activity. For wider use of traditional documents possessed by old families, temples and shrines, we create reproductions that look like the originals down to every last detail, including color tone, paper type and texture, and bookbinding. Unlike the aging original documents, we created replicas that can be looked at, handled and used freely. We have so far donated a total of 250 or more such replicas of large maps, drawings of festival costumes, combat manuals, designs of Japanese confectioneries, and more, not only to shrines, temples, and old families, but also to regional towns, universities, and companies.
This initiative is currently expanding to other regions outside of Kyoto. We will continue these activities such as recovery of invaluable traditional documents that are otherwise disappearing, public access to undisclosed traditional documents, and the passing down of teachings, wisdom, ideas and feelings of bygone generations etc. and will aim to contribute to the effective use in communities and inheritance of them to future generation.
A replica of the picture scroll titled “Hedaura-ni-okeru Rokoku Gunkan Kenzo Zukan”. The replica was presented by Prime Minister Abe to Russian President Putin as a gift from Japan at the Japan-Russia summit meeting held in 2016.
Fuji Xerox Kobayashi Fund
Since its foundation, Fuji Xerox has been committed to promoting better communication to contribute to mutual understanding and harmony among people in society. As part of efforts to fulfill this commitment, we established the Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund in 1977 in recognition of the achievements made by the late Setsutaro Kobayashi (1899–1977), the first president of Fuji Xerox. (The fund was renamed the Fuji Xerox Kobayashi Fund in 2016.) By using this fund, we launched the “Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan” as an initiative to give research grants to people from Asia-Pacific countries who were undertaking doctoral courses on humanities or social sciences in Japan. We decided to implement this program based on the idea that we needed to help future leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to better understand Japan and foster mutual understanding between Japan and their countries through academic and cultural exchange as the basis to create a more vibrant international community. In 1996, we also established the Kobayashi Fellowship Program to give grants to Japanese researchers to help them deepen their understanding of Asia-Pacific countries and serve as a bridge between Japan and these countries.
Yotaro Kobayashi (1933–2015), the first chairman of the fund who supported the establishment and development of the fund, said, “The ultimate purpose of studying abroad is to deepen exchange with people sharing the same ambition and have new encounters.” He continued the activity in order to make contributions, albeit small, to the creation of social value for the current and future generations and to the solution of social issues. In fiscal 2018, 41 years after the fund was established, we ended the research grant program, reasoning that its role had been fulfilled to a certain extent.
In fiscal 2018, 41 years after the fund was established, we ended the research grant program, reasoning that its role had been fulfilled to a certain extent.
As many as 1,455 researchers were given grants under the program and many of them are making meaningful contributions in the academic, industrial and governmental sectors in Japan and abroad. We hope that these researchers will continue to make contributions and foster mutual understanding and cultural development as a bridge not only between Japan and Asia-Pacific countries but also across the world.
Results of grant
|Program||Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan||Kobayashi Fellowship Program|
|Target||Young scholars from the Asia-Pacific region who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the humanities or social sciences at Japanese graduate schools||Young Japanese researchers who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the humanities or social sciences and are pursuing research about other Asia-Pacific countries and regions|
|Total recipients to date||1,243(For 35 years, students from 23 countries and regions)||212(For 23 years）|
Activities in FY 2018
The annual report 2018 introduces the present activities conducted by researchers who were given grants under the program. It also includes articles on the fiscal 2017 presentation, special lecture and networking events held with the participation of grant recipients who had obtained doctoral degrees as well as the briefing session and social gathering held with the participation of fiscal 2018 grant recipients. The report also includes an interview with Professor Yoshiaki Ishizawa of Sophia University, who served as a member of the fund’s recipient selection committee.
End of the research grant program
In the special report issued in commemoration of the end of the program, five people who had served as members of the fund’s recipient selection committee contributed articles on the history of the fund and future expectations. The report also includes messages from researchers who received grants under the program and information about their books that they had donated to the secretariat.
The research results of the grant recipients were published in the form of a report, copies of which we donated to research institutes, including university libraries, upon their request.
Building an Alumni Network for Past Recipients
We have a Facebook account for the Kobayashi Fund to continue exchanging and sharing information with researchers who received grants, and continue running the account even after the program ended.
Offering Large-print Textbooks to Students with Low Vision
About 300,000 people in Japan are estimated to be visually impaired, 60 to 70 percent of whom are considered to have low vision. For students with low vision, who find it difficult to read the text and pictures in regular textbooks, many textbook publishers offer large-print textbooks. However, the levels and ways of seeing are very different from student to student and some students have difficulty in reading such standard large-print textbooks. To meet the unmet needs, volunteer organizations create textbooks individually tailored to meet each student's specific needs.
Fuji Xerox supports their activities by allowing those volunteer textbook creators and students with low vision and their parents to use color multifunction devices in our sales and services offices and sales companies across Japan free of charge. This support project started in 1989 in a limited number of our business sites in Kanagawa. In 1994, the project expanded to cover our sales and services offices across Japan, making this initiative widely known by volunteer organizations as well as students with low vision and their parents and teachers. We will continue to support the publication of large-print school textbooks in and outside Japan aiming to expand education opportunities for students with low vision.
Special Olympics (Sports Festival for People with Intellectual Disabilities)
Special Olympics is a sports festival for people with intellectual disabilities. In Japan, "Special Olympics Nippon," (hereinafter SON) established in 1994, is in charge of sending Japan's team to international games, organizing national competitions, supporting athletes' everyday training, and so on. The local activities of the organization are supported by more than 10,000 volunteers from across the country.
Fuji Xerox began supporting SON in 1995, the year after it was founded. Presently, our sales companies continue to provide supports in a manner suitable for each host region across Japan, such as support to the organization of national competitions including in the form of donations and support for the printing of documents, providing training and meeting spaces, and our employees also participate in the daily training and cultural programs held by SON as volunteer coaches, referees and management staff.
All Japan High School Soccer: Supporting the Competition Even Before the Word "(Soccer) Supporter" Became a Japanese Word
The All Japan High School Soccer Tournament started in 1917 is a competition sponsored by the Japan Football Association, the All Japan High School Athletic Federation, and 43 commercial broadcasting companies. It determines which of Japan’s approximately 4,000 high schools has the best soccer team and all high school soccer players dream of participating in. It is also known for producing a great number of outstanding players such as ones of Japan national team and J.League. As such, it attracts interest not only from soccer fans but a broad range of people from all walks of life. Fuji Xerox has been supporting this annual tournament since 1970, when soccer was not yet a popular sport in Japan, and more than 20 years before the establishment of the J.League (Japan Professional Soccer League, launched in 1991) and the birth of the Japanese word "supporter. "Currently, Fuji Xerox and six other corporate sponsors take turns each year to serve as the "managing company," which hands out trophies at prefectural qualifier finals and participates in related events. The sponsors also conduct activities to enhance the value of these soccer events, in which the players consistently make their very best efforts in a spirit of fair play. We will continue to support this soccer event, through which we will support high school students who are practicing hard to join and win this competition and ultimately contribute to the healthy development of young people, in other words, future leaders