We contribute to the development of local communities through initiatives based on activities rooted in those communities. Our main activities include local clean-ups, plant tours, educational support, and involvement in community events.

Supporting the Younger Generation

Welcoming Visitors to Our Plants and the Showroom

We welcome local children, students, and neighborhood councils to visit our plants and showroom. This supports the development of the younger generation and deepens the community’s understanding of our business activities. In 2020, there was a sharp drop in visitors due to COVID-19 pandemic. We welcomed about 140 visitors to tour our plants in and outside Japan, and a cumulative total for the year of about 150 people, including local residents, to facilities that we open to the public.

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    Local high school students visiting our showroom at the Otsu Plant

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    Sixth graders from a local elementary school visiting the Electric Glass (Shanghai) plant

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    Supporting Shiga Prefecture’s Lake Biwa Floating School program

Visiting Lessons

Every year, we co-sponsor and cooperate with Otsu City Science Museum in their IF (Innovation for the Future) Class program, giving visiting lessons and plant tours to local students. This program was suspended in 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Electric Glass (Xiamen) did, however, give visiting lessons on glass to approximately 600 local students in either their third year of junior secondary or first year of senior secondary school. The students learned about the characteristics and functions of glass and about glass production methods. It was a terrific opportunity for children to experience the unlimited possibilities of glass.

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    An IF Class visiting lesson (suspended in 2020)

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    Visiting lesson by Electric Glass (Xiamen) at a local junior secondary school

Academic–industrial Collaboration

We concluded a comprehensive university–industry collaboration agreement with the University of Shiga Prefecture in 2007.
Based on that agreement, we have been collaborating with the university on a variety of ongoing projects, which include the establishment of an endowment course, joint research and technological exchange on glass engineering, and supporting the development of tomorrow’s leaders.
Based on the significant results that had been achieved, we will further extend this collaboration agreement and hold NEG’s endowment course through March 31, 2025.

Participation in JST Support Program for Female Students in Choosing Science Courses

In conjunction with the University of Shiga Prefecture, in 2020 the Company started participating as a collaborating enterprise in the Support Program for Female Students in Choosing Science Courses run by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
As part of these activities we held an online company tour and an event to exchange information.

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A company tour and exchange event conducted online to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Coexistence with Local Communities

To strengthen our ties with local communities, we carry out volunteer activities such as cleaning and planting greenery, host various events to which we invite local residents, and hold donation and support activities. See the table on the right for our activities in 2020 in and outside Japan. In 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we severely curtailed activities while providing support to local communities suffering from outbreaks of the infectious disease.

Employees joining community activities Approx. 300
People visiting our summer festival and other events Suspended
People joining dialogue between NEG and neighborhood councils Approx. 10

Photographs of Main Events and Support Activities

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Lunch Box Fair held at the Notogawa Plant to support local restaurants during the pandemic

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Donation to a neighboring village by Electric Glass (Xiamen)

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Local senior group exchange facilitated by Electric Glass (Korea)

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    Children playing in Takatsuki Industrial Park (a park managed by Shiga-Takatsuki Plant, which is free to use)

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    Neighborhood clean-up at Electric Glass (Guangzhou)

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    Donation of kimchi to 210 local households by Electric Glass (Korea) and Paju Electric Glass