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
Iwaki City Company Tour for Interested Students from Tokyo Area (Japan)
We support “U-turn employment,” drawing younger human resources back to their rural home regions for their careers. In January of 2017, we accepted 39 people who participated in a bus tour to learn about local businesses, for college students and other job seekers in the Tokyo area looking to work in Iwaki City, Fukushima, and in addition to tours of our workplaces and explanations of the work we do, we also provided time for them to interact with our employees.
Tour to Learn about Local Businesses
Model Project for the Promotion of Saturday Learning (Japan)
Partnering with Iwaki City, Fukushima, we cooperate on the Model Project for the Promotion of Saturday Learning, which follows the Saturday Educational Activities Promotion Project initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. We agree with the goal of providing children with more enriching and meaningful Saturdays by promoting Saturday educational activities through public-private partnership; since August of 2016, we have offered Saturday lessons for local elementary school children on the themes of manufacturing and science.
Contributing to Intellectual Training of Children (Japan)
We cooperated with the “Get Learning!” online learning service, which supports the intellectual training of children, by providing products and services with corporate sponsors as learning materials free of charge. In the hopes of getting children interested in the automotive industry, we posted problems related to cars and car navigation associated with our business from December 2016 to February 2017. We are also selling “Learn in the Car” DVDs designed to contribute to intellectual training in our “CarToys” series of products for children to enjoy while riding in the back seat.
(online learning service)
High School Student Employment Support Project (Japan)
We are cooperating with the high school student employment support project called “Iwaki Job Experience Tour,” which is implemented by Iwaki City for the purpose of raising awareness of career development among local high school students and creating awareness of working in the region.
Iwaki Job Experience Tour
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.
In 2016, we dispatched five employees as lecturers who communicated their personal thoughts and desires for the future of the region to next-generation leaders as people that work at a company based out of Iwaki City.
Japanese High School Student Orientation (USA)
In March 2017, the US office cooperated with an overseas language training trip for Japanese high school students. They were given the opportunity to tour the company, try out Alpine products and communicate about the differences between American and Japanese values.
Japanese High School Students
Alpine plants around the globe actively provide tours to local children and cooperate with their learning.
Donation to Schools/Charity
Special Cooperation for a Local Marathon Event (Japan)
In order to allow people gathered from across Japan to experience the charms of Iwaki City, we have supported the Iwaki Sunshine Marathon — a sporting event considered a symbol of the city's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake — every year since the event began. The sixth annual marathon was held on February 12, 2017, where about 100 of our employees volunteered to assist the event, in addition to those who participated as runners, and we offered some of our products as additional prizes for the race winners.
The 6th Annual Iwaki Sunshine Marathon
Elementary School Support (China)
DALIAN R&D CENTER supported the improvement of the educational environment at a remote elementary school. Employee volunteers delivered sports equipment (basketballs, soccer balls, table tennis rackets and balls, and badminton rackets and shuttlecocks), stationery, audio equipment, copiers and other items using their personal vehicles.
Elementary School Students at the Supported School
Donating Winter Clothes to Areas Lacking Resources (China)
Since 2014, our Beijing Office in China, led by the labor union, has gathered used winter clothing at each workplace and donated the articles to people in Tibet who do not have enough warm clothes for the winter. In 2016, they brought the Dalian Office on board, and almost all employees participated in the activity.
Support for Children's Facilities (China)
In China, led by the labor union, we have been carrying out activities to support the Sun Village Children's Facility, which supports the growth of less fortunate children through food, clothing, shelter, medical treatment, education and other services, for five years. In 2016, 28 members visited the village and presented daily necessities donated by employees and stationery purchased by the labor union to the children. They also carried out cleaning activities within the village.
Supporting the Sun Village Children's Facility
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
Temple Cleaning (Thailand)
In Thailand, it is said that Buddhist service brings good fortune to the company, and in keeping with this custom, 20 employees participated in restroom cleaning activities at a temple near the office.
Cleaning the Temple
Strider Bike Class (Japan)
In August 2016, we held a strider bike class for children ages 3 to 6. Strider bikes are bicycles without pedals, which are becoming popular with children and their parents of late. Instead of pedaling, these bicycles are moved forward by pushing off the ground with your feet, so they are very effective for improving balance and the ability to sense danger.
Strider Bike Class
Alpine Summer Festival 2016 (Japan)
Group employees and their families and local residents are invited to this annual summer festival at our headquarters in Iwaki for the purpose of fostering a connection with the community. About 7,500 people enjoyed the festivities at Alpine Summer Festival 2016 in August, which included performances and dances by employees, a live concert by professional musicians, and a hands-on manufacturing class and an office tour for children.
Alpine Summer Festival 2016
Thai Youth Trip (Japan)
Our headquarters in Iwaki cooperated in the Japanese language training program carried out by the Kind Angels Association (KAA) in Thailand, which was invited by Higashi Nippon International University to send 36 youth ages 10 to 20 to Japan. We promoted communication and supported their learning about local industry through a tour of the workplace and a question and answer session on our products, technology and the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Youth Visiting from Thailand
Santa Claus Running Competition (Hungary)
We sponsored a charity running competition in December 2016 where participants dressed up as Santa Claus. The donations gathered were given to the Hungarian Red Cross.
Sponsorship of Rubber-ball Baseball Championship for Schoolchildren (Japan)
Since 2016 we have sponsored the Shinya Miyamoto Cup rubber-ball baseball championship for schoolchildren. This event was established based on Shinya Miyamoto's love of baseball and children. In 2016, a total of 44 teams from Tokyo, Kanagawa and Chiba battled it out.
Fukushima Innovation Coast Scheme (Japan)
We are participating in the national project, the Fukushima Innovation Coast Scheme, which is designed to create new technology and industry to support the quick recovery of the Hamadori area of Fukushima that was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The aim is to create a positive economic effect on the local society by developing and commercializing the technology behind self-driving cars, advanced production systems, and automatic navigation systems for multicopter UAVs (drones). We are also promoting R&D on personal mobility devices*1, which are expected to gain popularity as a means of local transportation as the birthrate declines and the population ages. Leveraging ICT technologies such as sensors, communication, servers and artificial intelligence, these vehicles track the road situation (barrier free), individual driving habits and other information to move on their own.
*1 Personal mobility device
A compact mobility device that complements walking and existing means of transport (passenger vehicles, motorcycles, motorized bicycles, bicycles, etc.).
Training of Local Engineers (Japan)
We have stepped up our efforts to hire, as technician staff members, local high school students who graduated in March 2017. Of the 64 individuals who began work at the Alpine Group in April 2017, seventeen were high school students; Alpine also offered internal training for those who wanted to attend, regardless of what each individual studied in high school or college, to help them grow as engineers and offer them chances to play active roles. These efforts exist against a backdrop of working to help the Hamadori region of Fukushima Prefecture to more quickly recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake, as Alpine hopes to contribute through the development of local technicians.