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Kyocera Corp. holds 3rd cultural exchange tour for Vietnamese children

Released at: 16:30, 11/08/2018

Kyocera Corp. holds 3rd cultural exchange tour for Vietnamese children

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Children visit Japan from July 31 to August 6.

by Nghi Do

The 3rd Cultural Exchange Tour for Vietnamese children to Japan was held from July 31 to August 6, hosted by the Japan-based Kyocera Corporation.

The program is held in the expectation that the Vietnamese children will grow up to become international citizens who will contribute to a more harmonious global society. During the tour, children from Hanoi, Hung Yen and Hai Phong experienced everyday life and customs in Japan.

The program aims to provide children with firsthand experience of different cultures so they can in turn act as a bridge for Vietnam-Japan relations and live prosperous and fruitful lives as leaders in various fields in the future.

Vietnam is the third country from which children have taken part in the tour, joining the US and China. These are countries where Kyocera has large-scale manufacturing bases. As Vietnam stands out among emerging nations for its continued high economic growth, it has increasingly gained importance for Kyocera. For three years in a row the corporation has invited Vietnamese children to Japan as part of its social contributions to the country.

The tour included visits to Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka, with a variety of programs to experience culture and life in Japan. During their stay, the children experienced traditional Japanese culture by visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha, known worldwide as one of the most iconic shrines in Japan, as well as learned about modern Japan’s technological developments by visiting the Osaka Science Museum and the Knowledge Capital, a core facility of the Grand Front Osaka.

In addition, they visited a middle school where they interacted with Japanese students of the same age. The children also discovered the Japanese culture of monozukuri, the Japanese manufacturing style, via a factory tour of Kyocera’s Shiga Gamo Plant.

A reception was held at Kyocera’s headquarters to welcome the children and encourage them to utilize their discoveries in a different culture for their future. In the second half of the tour the children experienced Japanese life through a three-day home stay with Kyocera Group employees.

The program was organized based on the experiences of Mr. Kazuo Inamori, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Kyocera Corporation, who was deeply moved by cultural interaction during his first visit to the US for a business trip.

In 1976, Kyocera began inviting Japanese children on foreign tours, reflecting Mr. Inamori’s hope that providing children with opportunities to interact directly with foreign cultures would help them to develop broad perspectives and dreams for the future. Since 1978, Kyocera has conducted tours for children from foreign countries to Japan, with 1,000 children having participated to date.

The Kyocera Corporation (TOKYO: 6971), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers and mobile phones.

During the year ended March 31, 2018, the company’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.58 trillion Yen ($14.9 billion). Kyocera appears on the “Top 100 Global Innovators” list from Clarivate Analytics and is ranked No. 612 on Forbes magazine’s 2018 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

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