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Principle and Outline
To meet a wide range of needs of regional communities, the Daigas Group actively uses its resources and is engaged in a wide variety of social contribution activities, including the Small Light Campaign. We will take on an active role in resolving issues facing communities and society as a whole and do our part to stimulate regional activity by developing local culture, history and sports in collaboration with local communities, NPOs and others.
Fostering growth together with people in local communities
As an energy service provider focusing on businesses closely related to people's day-to-day lives as well as addressing environmental preservation with a great sense of mission, the Daigas Group is working on giving the public greater safety and security by enhancing people's health and taking measures to ensure disaster prevention in each region. For example, the Group has established an energy system developed by Osaka Gas at the Ibaraki Campus (which opened in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture in the spring of 2015) of Ritsumeikan University. Building the energy system was part of an agreement reached by Ibaraki City, Ritsumeikan University and Aeon Retail Co., Ltd. to create a disaster-resilient community. The agreement calls for Osaka Gas to supply electricity to a disaster-prevention park located in a city next to Ibaraki in the event of a natural disaster.
Furthermore, the “Hajimaru-kun Personal Computer Donation Program,” being organized by Group member OGIS-RI, based on the idea of helping the environment by encouraging the reuse of PCs, is also a social contribution activity that provides employment support for the disabled to whom recycling operations are outsourced, as well as IT support for donation recipients.
Since this program started in 2009, it has donated over 3,000 PCs to social welfare organizations.
In FY2020, the 10th Daigas Group Hajimaru-kun Personal Computer Donation Program donated 150 "Hajimaru-kun PCs" to 129 welfare facilities in six prefectures in the Kinki District, Japan. The program held the 10th anniversary presentation ceremony in September 2019.
In addition, the Group offers proposals to local governments on building towns and cities in which all residents – from children and adolescents to the middle-aged and elderly – can lead active lives, and on establishing child-raising networks aimed at “joint child-raising” in collaboration with communities, government agencies, NPOs, and other corporations.
Overseas, the Jacobi Carbons Group, an activated carbon business company that is part of the Osaka Gas Chemical Group, is engaged in exchange with local communities, particularly those in the immediate neighborhood of their plants, and in activities designed to enhance living and educational environments for children.
Recycling work at a welfare workshop
Collaboration with an NPO Support for Kansai-based “social designers”
Osaka Gas operates “My Pro Showcase Kansai,” a program that supports regional projects undertaken by Kansai-based “social designers” and nonprofit organizations, jointly with Greenz, an NPO known as the operator of the online magazine “greenz.jp.” The program supports these organizations and individuals working to support child care and education, build community, and help people with disabilities. Many social issues touch our lives, and these issues are becoming more advanced and complex. Osaka Gas regards the practitioners of "My Project = Starting to Solve Social Issues by Considering Them as if They Were My Own" as future partners in livening up communities in the Kansai region. Osaka Gas disseminates their activities to society and aims to collaborate with various stakeholders.
Since FY2016, Osaka Gas’s membership-based website “My Osaka Gas” has been working on "Social Design+," a project that supports Kansai-based social design leaders who are striving to solve social issues.
NOBY T&F CLUB activities
Osaka Gas has used its resources and assets to help build vitality-filled communities. An example is the NOBY T&F CLUB, an athletic club led by our Olympian employee Nobuharu Asahara. This club is open to the local community and offers a wide variety of exercise programs for the healthy growth of young people through sports and the fostering of next-generation athletes. In FY2020, the club celebrated its 10th anniversary of its founding. The know-how gained over the decade has led to the projects being operated in some municipalities.
Also, in September 2018, the club signed a business collaboration agreement with the Cerezo Osaka Sports Club and opened the Cerezo Osaka NOBY T&F Club, an exercise and track and field club. We have also started new activities with the aim of creating a comprehensive community sports club where a broad range of citizens, from children to the elderly, can get familiar with and enjoy sports.
Activities of NOBY T&F Club
Club Activities and Circle Activities
The Daigas Group actively contributes to the healthy growth of children and the vitalization and advancement of society through club and circle activities. The Daigas track and field club holds “kids’ time trials” and coaching sessions for running track, while the baseball club coaches kids in baseball.
Adults in the local community can participate in long-distance training runs offered by the Osaka Gas Track and Field Club or a “Heart Ball Project” run by the Osaka Gas Baseball Club. This project aims to revitalize the local community by providing work to sheltered workshops, recycling baseballs to benefit the environment, and providing logistical support to local high school baseball teams by donating repaired balls.
Moreover, music clubs, including the mandolin club and brass band, perform concerts, and the sign language club carries out activities.
Culture and History
Valuing Local Culture and History to Help Build Community
The Daigas Group helps to build vibrant local communities in a unique way, by revitalizing local culture and history. Between 1985 and 2003, the Group operated Ogimachi Museum Square (OMS), a multicultural facility housed in a former company building. A core part of the facility was a theater that promoted youth culture. In 1994, on the tenth anniversary of OMS, we established the “OMS Drama Award” as part of a commemorative project. Today, the annual award program continues to help discover and support young and more established playwrights, with 50 to 60 entries each year.
Starting with the drama series “Histoire” in 2010, we commissioned playwrights with a connection to the OMS Drama Award finalists to write dramas about well-known Kansai people from the past, to be performed as storyteller performances in places related to those people. In FY2020, as the 10th installment of the Histoire series, a theatrical work featuring an aspiring female pilot was performed on board Kobe Seabus Fantasy.
Through this series of initiatives, the Group fosters and supports dramatists and promotes theatrical culture in the Kansai region, contributing to town building, the revitalization of local communities, and the rediscovery of fascinating aspects of the local area.
For more information on the presentation of On a Day When Seagulls Are Resting in the Harbor, Chiho-Chan, the 10th installment of the Histoire series, click here to read a press release. (Japanese version only)
Activities of the CEL
The Research Institute for Culture, Energy and Life (CEL) is Osaka Gas’s in-house research institute established in 1986 as one of the projects commemorating the 80th anniversary of the founding of Osaka Gas. The CEL presents findings from its research activities in publications, symposiums, and seminars, lectures on them at universities, and publishes them in newspapers and magazines. It also makes good use of them in outside activities undertaken in cooperation with government agencies, business committees and NPOs. In addition, the CEL actively disseminates information through its triannual magazine “CEL,” its website, its official Facebook page and other media. Furthermore, the CEL is taking advantage of a laboratory set up at the Knowledge Capital facility at Grand Front Osaka on the north side of JR Osaka Station for the purpose of studying the attraction of cities. Various meetings are being held to discuss regional and community energy and design for the year 2050, or to debate what a well-functioning society with a high population of elderly people should look like.
Storytellers’ Theater is a theatrical work to discover the historical and cultural resources of a city, organize them into stories, and show them with narrations, music and videos. It has been performed in the Kinki District, mainly in Osaka, but in September 2019, the project had its first overseas performance in Singapore.
Also launched was the U-CoRo Project, aimed at developing new networks through the effective use of local resources. Specifically, the Project periodically publishes a wall newspaper, “Uemachi Plateau Konjaku Times”. Through the newspaper it is hoped that local people will think deeply about their communities—both in the past and toward the future. Other events held under the U-CoRo Project include the regular holding of a forum on various topics.
Uemachi-Daichi past and present forum
Storytellers’ Theater performed in Singapore as part of a project commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Japan Creative Centre (JCC)