Bonding with Our Local Communities
Alpine actively pursues dialogue with communities around the world, and works to contribute to the development of communities’ education and culture.
Next-Generation Training Support
Alpine Class (China)
We have been holding a class called “Alpine Class” for university students in Dalian and the three northeastern provinces of China since 2004. We offer programs that help students acquire practical engineering skills in the fields of design, circuits and software as well as Japanese language skills and contribute to the development of next-generation human resources. In 2015 there were 77 participants.
The roughly 1,000 students that have participated in Alpine Class over the past 12 years are making their mark at many companies.
The Alpine Class of 2015
Manufacturing Class (Japan)
At the Alpine Manufacturing Onomachi Plant, we are engaged in interaction with the community that takes advantage of our characteristics as a manufacturing company. We have opened the plant up to elementary and junior high school students as a live training material, and since 2012 we have been conducting a hands-on manufacturing class on-site at local elementary schools to provide support for education. In March 2016 we conducted a class at a local elementary school. The class offered fifth graders hands-on experience with the way electromagnets work and making speakers using paper cups and electromagnets.
Giving a class at a local school
Company Tours for Students (Japan)
Once a year at the Japan Office, Alpine holds an employee family tour of the workplace. For the children, it's a valuable opportunity to get an up-close look at what their mothers and fathers do at work. We also have a company tour and training event for local high school students.
In 2015, we provided classes such as “Japan seen from overseas” and “Experiencing manufacturing” for 40 first-year students from Iwaki High School, which was designated as a Super Science High School in the area.
*The Super Science High School (SSH) Project: the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology designates high schools that prioritize education in science, technology and mathematics.
Company tour and training event for local high school students
Collaboration with Local Universities and Technical Colleges (Japan)
Alpine works actively to collaborate with universities and technical colleges in Fukushima, where our Iwaki headquarters are located. We create opportunities for local employment and chances for students to get to know Alpine. In September 2015, we accepted a total of five interns from the University of Aizu, which is dedicated to computer science, and the National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College.
We have also implemented two-week overseas internship programs at Alpine China and at Neusoft Institute of Information, an institute operated by a group company.
Presentation on internship program achievements
Cooperation in Cultivating Next-Generation Leaders (Japan)
Alpine supported the Iwaki Global Academy – Iwaki Shijuku project, which provides an opportunity for junior high school students to learn from top management and specialists from companies located in Japan and overseas through presentations and workshops.
Employees at Alpine in Iwaki also participated in the project as instructors. They talked about themselves, their hopes for the future of the region, and their dreams for the young students who will become future leaders.
Robot Assembly and Programming Class (Japan)
In December 2015, Alpine held a robot assembly and programming class at the Iwaki headquarters for elementary and junior high school students. This class was designed to give young children an opportunity to deepen their understanding of manufacturing and encourage them to develop their own ideas by combining software and hardware through robotics. Forty-two individuals (24 students and 18 family members) participated in the class, and the children were very excited about the changes in robot movements they could produce through programming.
Children playing with robots
Plant Tour (China)
In 2015, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dalian arranged a visit to the Dalian Alpine Electronics plant for representatives from companies in Miyagi and Fukushima considering entry to the Chinese market. They toured the plant and we exchanged information on establishing business bases in China.
Donation to Schools/Charity
Participation in Volunteer Activities Hosted by a Global Organization (USA)
At Alpine Electronics of America, we continue to participate in Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) activities.
The Vice-President of Alpine Electronics of America received the South Bay Woman of the Year Award for Corporate Responsibility in recognition of her contribution to volunteer activities.
Donation to Schools (China)
Our China office continues donating to Project Hope, managed by the Chinese Youth Development Foundation, to support the improvement of educational environments in poor areas, and to support children preschool age and younger returning to school. In December 2015, our China office donated 20,000 yuan.
Donating Winter Clothes to Areas Lacking Resources (China)
Every year in China, labor unions collect disused winter clothes from local businesses, and donate them to people in areas of Tibet that lack resources.
Winter Clothes Donation Activities
Support for Children's Facilities (China)
In China, labor unions form the core support for Sun Village, an establishment that provides food, shelter, and clothing, as well as medical care, education, and other forms of support to underprivileged children.
In 2015, 40 staff visited the village to give daily-use items and school supplies to the children.
Supporting the Sun Village Children's Facility
Interactions with children in Thailand (Thailand)
We had a great time with children in the area while painting play equipment, cooking lunch, and having recreation activities.
Interactions with Local Children
Christmas Presents for Children (USA)
Our American office collects toys to be used as Christmas presents for children every December. The collected toys are given to the firefighters and police officers of the city of Torrance, where the office is located, to distribute to underprivileged children and families.
The Hungarian office also donates shoeboxes containing toys and sweets, as Christmas presents for children.
Collected Christmas Presents
Challenging spirit for children who will be major players in the next generation (Japan)
On July 31st 2015, a challenge for school kids was held at the Iwaki office by Mr. Ukyo Katayama who was a former F1 racer.
We set up an “IWAKI SPEEDWAY” course on the grounds which emulated the Fuji International Speedway and Kids experienced “Fun of challenging” by running the course.
In the beginning, there were some kids who could not run well. However, after Mr. Katayama advised kids that “You should not be ashamed to struggle”, “Let's cheer peers up”, every kid was encouraged and they were all able to break their own record in the end.
Principal Ukyo Katayama and kids who participated
Alpine Summer Festival 2015 (Japan)
The Alpine Summer festival was held at head quarters in Iwaki on July 31st.
We had a Yosakoi competition by employees, fireworks display, and live music by a famous musician in Japan. Also, we held a lesson for making things and an office tour for family. In total, 7,500 people came and enjoyed the festival.
We have held this festival as a precious opportunity to make a connection between customers, business partner, employees of Alpine group, their family, and the local community for more than 20 years.
Special Cooperation for a Local Marathon Event (Japan)
The Iwaki Headquarters have supported the Iwaki Sunshine Marathon since its first year. The Iwaki Sunshine Marathon was established to highlight Iwaki City throughout the country. We have awarded our products to winners, and our employees have also participated in the race. Ninety employees have also participated with people in the community as volunteer staff helping at water supply points and with other operations to liven up the event.
Iwaki Sunshine Marathon
Participation in Red Nose Day, England's Largest Charity Event (England)
The England Office participated in Red Nose Day, a charity event where everyone in the office spends the day wearing a red nose like a clown to promote support for efforts to combat poverty and social disparities. We collected £729.35 from penalties imposed on employees that took their noses off, snack sales and an auction, and it was donated to Comic Relief, the charity that organizes Red Nose Day.
Disaster Relief through NPOs (Japan)
In April 2012, Alpine, alongside the city of Iwaki and the Iwaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, took a leadership role supporting the establishment of the NPO Iwaki Kankyo System.
The Iwaki Kankyo System is a conglomeration of the Iwaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry's radiation monitoring. Through this NPO, Alpine has set as its target the recovery of the regional environment of Iwaki, affected by Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, as well to dispel harmful rumors and to provide economic promotion. We are working to provide a wide range of contributions to the region, including radiation level monitoring, monitoring leader cultivation, radiation measurements of agricultural products, as well as, in the mid to long term, working to help restore secure living conditions and working with the central government to help create jobs in the region.
As a company centered in Iwaki, Alpine, in cooperation with the Iwaki Kankyo System, will continue working to promote regional growth and to ensure the local population’s safety and security, building a model for recovery from major disasters.
Providing Reconstruction Support through Music Together with Global Musicians (Japan)
On February 21, 2015, we sponsored The Five Stripes Concert with special guests the Terumasa Hino Quartet in Iwaki City, Fukushima. We invited world-renowned trumpeter Terumasa Hino, who shares Alpine’s desire to assist in Iwaki City’s recovery from the massive damage of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and held a The Five Stripes Concert. The Five Stripes is Alpine’s big band, led by company chairman Toru Usami. Around 100 students from Iwaki high schools, vocational schools and universities were invited to the concert, and the attendees experienced the excitement of music played by global musicians.
The Five Stripes Concert with Special Guests the Terumasa Hino Quartet
Donation to Area Affected by Great East Japan Earthquake (Japan)
We installed our 700D car navigation system and HCE-C920D rearview camera in the NV200 Vanette multi-purpose vehicles donated by Nissan Motors to eight towns and villages in the Futaba district of Fukushima.
Letter of appreciation from Town of Okuma for donation
Donations for Areas Affected by Disaster (Japan)
Alpine has collected donations from employees to support restoration efforts in areas around the world affected by disaster. In 2015, we collected donations to support victims of the earthquake that hit central Nepal in April. The donations we collected were presented to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund organized by the Japanese Red Cross Society.