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Panasonic Vietnam sponsors Mottainai Festival 2018

Released at: 18:31, 13/10/2018

Panasonic Vietnam sponsors Mottainai Festival 2018

Photos: Panasonic Vietnam

Festival held around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi on October 13.

by Doanh Doanh

The 6th Mottainai Festival 2018, sponsored by Panasonic, is being held on the pedestrian mall around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi on October 13, with the participation of thousands of people.

The festival is part of activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations.

More than 140 members of management boards and employees of Panasonic Vietnam Group companies participated in the charity Mottainai Run, donating nearly VND10 million ($430) to support orphans and children affected by traffic accidents.

“As a leading electronics manufacturer, Panasonic is a pioneer in developing technologies, products and solutions of Japanese quality and conducts corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, including the continuous development of Panasonic Risupia Vietnam, the Kid Witness News film-making program, Panasonic Scholarships, and the annual ‘For a Green Vietnam’ tree planting program,” said Mr. Kazuhiro Matsushita, General Director of Panasonic Vietnam. “Each member of Panasonic is a positive nucleus of these activities. Participating in the Mottainai Festival will help us spread a spirit of saving and sharing.”

Panasonic’s booth, with a theme “Recycled energy, filled with love”, is an attractive place thanks to its free Panasonic eco-battery exchange program. Visitors can exchange used batteries for Panasonic alkaline batteries with superior performance and absolute safety. It is an eco-friendly battery type without harmful or dangerous heavy metals such as lead, mercury or cadmium, which can affect human health and the environment.

The battery exchange program has been held by Panasonic Vietnam since 2016 under a memorandum of understanding with Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

To date, 70 per cent of the used batteries Panasonic has collected contain heavy metals and it has exchanged nearly 30,000 Panasonic eco-friendly batteries in more than 15 cities and provinces nationwide. The program aims to raise awareness among consumers about the use of non-toxic batteries, as well as proper battery treatment after use, to avoid environmental pollution and effects on human health.

With an unchanged business philosophy of contributing to society for the past 100 years, Panasonic has focused not only on business development but also on CSR activities in the fields of education, the environment, and sustainable development.

Mottainai means “Extravagance” in Japanese. The Mottainai program is a prestigious event launched by the Vietnam Women newspaper and based on activities in Japan to purchase second-hand products to save money and avoid waste. Through the trading or auction of used items, the program also aims to raise funds for unprivileged children, especially orphans and the disabled.

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