Community Involvement

Nihon Kohden actively gives back to society as a company and through its employees.

CPR and AED Seminars

In 2004 Japan authorized operation of automated external defibrillators (AED) by the general public. Following this, Nihon Kohden began offering CPR and AED training to the public. In 2016 we held 411 lectures with total attendance reaching 7,148 people. These seminars have helped to educate the public in CPR and AED which have been increasingly used in saving lives.

AEDs at Business Sites around Japan

Nihon Kohden has placed AEDs at around 100 of its business sites in Japan. All Nihon Kohden employees attend CPR and AED training as part of our effort to ensure safety and preparedness not only of our employees but for the local community as well.

Supporting the Tokyo Marathon

©Tokyo Marathon Foundation
Nihon Kohden has provided AEDs for use during the race every year since the Tokyo Marathon was first held in 2007. Nihon Kohden has also become an official sponsor of the marathon and each year many employees serve as volunteer staff.

Supporting the 23rd World Scout Jamboree

Nihon Kohden has provided AEDs to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, which was held in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, in July 2015. In the event, about 34,000 youth from about 150 countries converged and shared their experiences through camping and other activities. Nihon Kohden supported the safety of event.

Rendezvous Point for Medical and Disaster Relief Helicopters

Nihon Kohden’s Tomioka Production Center and Tomioka No. 2 Factory are designated as a rendezvous point for medical and disaster relief helicopters. As part of this initiative, we cooperate with local fire departments and hospitals to help support regional emergency medical needs.

Donation of Used Medical Equipment to Training Schools for Clinical Engineers

Recently, the sophistication of medical equipment has been increasing at the same fast rate as advances in information and communication technology (ICT). Training schools for clinical engineers have not kept pace, with some schools still using dated equipment for educational purposes. For safety, Nihon Kohden discards or updates a lot of equipment that could be refurbished and used for teaching purposes.
In FY2014 we started donating such refurbished equipment to schools in Japan. Upon donation, Nihon Kohden service engineers also ran a workshop on periodic inspection to support education that reflects actual work in the clinical field.
Year Recipients Products Donated Total Units
FY2014 8 schools Patient monitors, defibrillators, ECGs 8
FY2015 16 schools Patient monitors, EEGs, defibrillators, ECGs, hematology analyzers 16

Nihon Kohden America Volunteer Day

Charity activities hosted by Boys and Girls Club of Orange County
As part of its social contribution activities, Nihon Kohden America organizes an opportunity for its employees to participate in local NPO activities. More than 100 employees attended a volunteer day held in October 2016 to participate in volunteer activities of three regional NPOs (Blind Children Organization, American Heart Association and Second Harvest FoodBank).
Furthermore, employees of Nihon Kohden America and NKUS Lab participated in charity activities hosted by Boys and Girls Club of Orange County, a regional NPO, in December 2016 to present bicycles assembled by employees to children living in low-income or crime-ridden areas.
Nihon Kohden, with the awareness of its responsibility as a corporate citizen in the international community, as well as respect for the culture and customs of each country and region, believes that it is one of its corporate social responsibilities to undertake social contribution activities. Going forward, we will continue to actively undertake initiatives for a better society.

Employee Assistance Programs

We actively undertake social contribution activities as a company, as well as individuals, including the work leave system for employees who donate bone marrow or participate in volunteer activities as well as the support system for employees to participate in the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer programs.

Regional Cleanup Activities of Each Region

Cleanup activities at the Tomioka Silk Mill & Tomioka Donto Festival
Nihon Kohden Tomioka is engaged in various social contribution activities including cleanup of the streets and fallen leaves around its 3 factory sites, in addition to trash collection volunteer initiatives. The cleanup activities are planned six times a year and performed using 1 hour before the start of work hours in the morning.
We also participate in cleanup volunteer initiatives at the Tomioka Silk Mill, a world heritage site. Nihon Kohden received words of appreciation such as: “It is really helpful for us, since all of our maintenance activities are performed manually, as we refrain from the use of herbicides in consideration of allergies.” We also actively participate in regional events to encourage communication with local residents.

In addition, volunteers from Nihon Kohden Minami Kanto Branch Office pick up trash in a wide area around the office once a month.

Donations to the Japan Committee for UNICEF

Nihon Kohden employees spearhead an initiative called “Spoonful of Hope” in order to support the activities of UNICEF. Members of this initiative pay monthly contributions as membership fees, which are in turn entirely donated to the Japan Committee for UNICEF.

Participation in Marathon Charities

Employee volunteers organize and participate in company marathon charity twice a year. In addition, in 2014, employee volunteers took part in other marathon charities associated with health and medical care.

Supporting Disaster Relief in Japan and Overseas

Nihon Kohden supports disaster relief efforts around the world through charitable contributions and the donation of medical equipment and medical consumables.

(Examples of past assistance)
May 2015  Support for the earthquake in Nepal
Aug. 2014  Support for Yunnan earthquake in China
Nov. 2013  Typhoon disaster aid for the Philippines
Aug. 2013  Support for Sichuan earthquake in China
Nov. 2011  Supports for people and regions affected by flood disaster in Thailand