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 2017 we held 280 lectures with total attendance reaching 5,818 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

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.
©Tokyo Marathon Foundation

©Tokyo Marathon Foundation

Adopted as JICA’s Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology for Mexico

The AED Promotion Project proposed by Nihon Kohden was adopted as a Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology for the Social and Economic Development of Developing Countries in the second round of publicly-invited contests organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in FY2015.
Electroshocks given through the defibrillator is the only method for treating ventricular fibrillation, one of the causes of sudden cardiac death. This project is intended to widely disseminate BLS* using an AED, an effective method for improving the resuscitation rate, in order to prevent sudden cardiac death caused by acute myocardial infarction, which is increasing in Mexico.
In June 2018, BLS trainers courses were provided for staff at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In the future, the local trainers who took this course will conduct the BLS provider courses in Mexico. We expect that BLS using AEDs will be disseminated widely and contribute to a decrease in sudden cardiac death in Mexico.

* BLS (basic life support) is an initial lifesaving measure carried out by those present out on site with a potential cardiopulmonary arrest patient before the arrival of an emergency medical service or a doctor.

Rendezvous Point for Medical and Disaster Relief Helicopters

Nihon Kohden’s Tomioka Production Center and Tomioka 2nd 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.
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
FY2017 6 schools EEGs, defibrillators, ECGs 6

Contribution Activities for Local Communities and Society

Nihon Kohden Tomioka

Nihon Kohden Tomioka is engaged in various social contribution activities including cleanup of the streets and picking up fallen leaves around its three factory sites as volunteer initiatives. The cleanup activities are planned six times a year and performed using one 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.
Cleanup activities at the Tomioka Silk Mill & Tomioka Donto Festival

Minami Kanto Branch Office

As part of its social contribution activities, the Minami Kanto Branch Office has registered as one of the “Hama Road Supporters” since April 1, 2014. This is a program that volunteer groups and the city of Yokohama collaborate for road beautification and cleanup activities. The Minami Kanto Branch Office continues to carry out cleanup and beautification activities for roads in the region. On the morning of the second Friday of each month, 20 to 30 employees voluntarily participate in cleanup of approximately 250 meters of roads and their vicinity. It leads to a contribution to the local community. As a result, the Minami Kanto Branch Office received a letter of appreciation from the city of Yokohama in August 2017, to thank them for their determined cleanup activities over many years. At the summer festival held at the Yokohama Business Park where our Yokohama Office is a tenant, we open a night stall every year to promote interaction with local residents.
Hama Road Supporters A member of "Hama Road Supporters", Tsugumi Ishii, Yokohama Second Private Marketing Group

Environmental Volunteering Education for Local Elementary Schools in Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture

Environmental Volunteering Education Environmental Volunteering Education
We received a request from elementary schools to provide lectures on environmental volunteering as part of the environmental education targeting students from the fourth grade of elementary school.
The Environmental Management Office of the Company conducted lectures to students at school morning assembly. We took the theme “What is the environment?” and focused on concepts such as water, trees, and electricity, and included a discussion of the local natural environment. From observing the testing of lake-water quality to inspecting water purification plants and other activities, we adhered to an education policy that cherishes interaction with nature from the perspective of ecological conservation.
We are promoting engagement with the local community through collaborating in the education of strong healthy children with a rich sense of wonder and with a passion to learn that is motivated from within. This activity highlights our belief in the importance of being active in the local region with its rich natural environment.

The “Starry Sky Gathering” at the Advanced Technology Center

Starry Sky Gathering With a sky clear of clouds, we enjoyed a wonderful moon-viewing
In November 2017, we invited the residents of Tokorozawa City to a “Starry Sky Gathering” held on the rooftop of the Advanced Technology Center.
The event fell precisely on “the 13th night in the lunar calendar, a night known for a beautiful full moon. To make it easy to view the moon, we provided a 70-inch display showing the moon as captured by a large telescope, along with astronomical telescopes and binoculars. The venue was decorated with various photos of astronomical bodies which made for a fun atmosphere, and the “Starry Sky Quiz” was also a great success.
The “Starry Sky Gathering” was a good opportunity to help local residents learn more about Nihon Kohden.
In the future, we will continue to cooperate with the local residents and engage in various social contribution activities.

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.

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