Renesas Forest Land 2010
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, the Kochi Factory held the Renesas Forest Land 2010 Due to rain, the 2008 and 2009 events could not be held at the "Forest of Renesas." This year, however, the weather was favorable, and the event was held under a blue sky on location in Kami City, Kochi Prefecture.
Attended by a total of 84 people, including Kochi Factory employees and their families as well as local elementary school students, this year's event provided a variety of programs relating to forests. Specifically, adult participants engaged in forest thinning. Upper elementary school students experienced underbrush mowing, while younger students listened to a lecture on feeding damage caused by Japanese deer. Elementary school students also enjoyed wood-crafting. Particularly noteworthy and impressive as part of the forest thinning program, the felling of a tree more than a decade old wowed adults on site as it went down. All the programs were received well by the participants, effectively communicating the Kochi Factory's environmental preservation activities.
Zugaike Park Cherry Tree Nurturing Program
The Kita-Itami Factory of Renesas Electronics has promoted a pest damage prevention program for mountain cheery and someiyoshino cherry trees in the Zugaike Park in front of its main gate. More specifically, the factory has engaged in volunteer activities to spray pesticide, apply fertilizer, clip withered branches and clean the park. These activities have been conducted three times a year since 1986 in cooperation with local residents. Through this program, the Kita-Itami Factory has received the following commendations.
November 1988: "Green medal of honor" from Hyogo Prefecture
• August 1996: "Letter of appreciation" from Itami City
• April 2009: "Cherry blossom merit award" from the Japan Cherry Blossom Association
• June 2011: "Tsutsuji award" from Itami City
Horseshoe Crab Release and Beach Cleaning Activities
Horseshoe crabs in the Kawarazu Beach area of Saijo City were designated by Ehime Prefecture as a protected species in 1949. Today, however, horseshoe crabs are in danger of extinction.
On Sunday, November 21, 2010, Saijo City hosted the Horseshoe Crab Festival. This festival was held with the aim of raising public awareness about the importance of protecting nature to maintain a sound environment for horseshoe crabs. It was also intended to promote the awareness of nature preservation amid ongoing global destruction of nature, such as air and water pollution. As the Saijo Factory has been fostering horseshoe crabs, it participated in the festival as a way of contributing to the local community.
Fourteen Saijo Factory employees joined the festival from early evening. They assisted in cleaning the Kawarazu Beach area and then released horseshoe crabs into the ocean. Witnessing the release of this rare species provided festival participants with an invaluable experience. The horseshoe crabs were raised at the Saijo Factory for several years. We now hope they will settle down safely and flourish along the Kawarazu Beach area.
Introduction of Environmental Activities
（Renesas Kyushu Semiconductor）
Renesas Kyushu Semiconductor has strengthened exchange with local community members. Specifically, the company assists a local volunteer group, which includes elementary school students as members, to collect the caps of plastic bottles. Also, the company's employees collect waste cooking oil for reuse as a fuel for patrol cars used for crime prevention around area elementary schools.
In March 2011, the principal of a local elementary school sent the company a letter of appreciation, expressing thanks for the provision of waste cooking oil as a biodiesel fuel (BDF) to power the patrol cars.
Renesas Kyushu Semiconductor created panels that introduce activities that are promoted jointly with local volunteer groups, such as the BDF project. The panels were exhibited at a gallery adjacent to the Ozu Town Hall for public viewing. We hope that similar corporate-community collaborations will spread from Ozu Town throughout Japan.
（Kumamoto Nishiki Factory）
The Kumamoto Nishiki Factory of Renesas Semiconductor Kyushu Yamaguchi started growing Tsukushi-Ibara, a kind of wild Japanese rose, in February 2011. Being the municipal flower of Nishiki Town, Kumamoto Prefecture, this flower has been included as a Class II Endangered Species. We invited the chief of the Kumagawa Tsukushi-Ibara Association to the planting ceremony.