Examples of our social contribution activities
- 1. Tours of construction sites and hands-on experience
- 2. Environmental assessments of school buildings
- 3. Community clean-up campaigns
- 4. Support for community fire departments
- 5. Blood donation vehicle
- 6. Disaster recovery
and other activities
Online training program (Yamagata Meisei High School)
In response to a request from Yamagata Meisei High School in Yamagata prefecture, SHO-BOND held an online training program to give first year automotive mechanics students a better understanding of career opportunities. Young engineers at SHO-BOND talked about their jobs and why they decided to study civil engineering.
Construction site tour (Saitama Prefecture)
Five University of Tokyo students toured a SHO-BOND construction site to increase their interest in a career in the construction industry. The students heard explanations of the construction of the Takashima Viaduct, used models for a hands-lesson on bracket placement, participated in high-tensile bolt using a powerful specialized device for this task, and participated in other activities.
Christmas blood donations (Iwate Prefecture)
SHO-BOND cooperated with the Japanese Red Cross in the city of Kamaishi to allow a construction site to be used as a blood donation site. Activities for raising awareness of the importance of donating blood were also part of this cooperation.
Elementary school COVID-19 disinfecting activities (Chiba Prefecture)
SHO-BOND personnel and employees of partner companies performed disinfecting activities three times at elementary schools near a construction site.
Donation of masks (Aichi Prefecture)
Masks were donated to the town hall of Kanie, which is near a SHO-BOND construction site, early in the COVID-19 crisis when there was a shortage of masks.
Community clean-up campaign (Shizuoka Prefecture)
SHO-BOND employees periodically pick up litter and perform other activities to keep nearby areas clean.
Construction job event at a nursery school (Niigata Prefecture)
SHO-BOND held an event to explain construction jobs at the Tayuhama Nursery School, which has 43 students. The objectives were to improve the perception of the construction industry among parents, raise awareness of the industry and encourage parents to give children an interest in construction.
Training for interns (Miyagi Prefecture)
A construction site study visit was arranged in response to requests from two students of Tohoku Gakuin University and one student of National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College.
Construction site tour (Saitama Prefecture)
A guided tour of Shiosato Bridge repair and reinforcement project was arranged for elementary and junior high school students and their parents. Participants learned how work is performed with activities that included hands-on lessons.
Disaster recovery activities (Osaka Prefecture)
SHO-BOND performed repair work at the Nunoichi athletic field following typhoon damage. SHO-BOND and partner companies operated as a unified team to complete this project, which resulted in a certificate of appreciation from the mayor of the city of Higashi-Osaka.
Research institute tour for Yamagata Meisei High School students (Ibaraki Prefecture)
In response to a request from Yamagata Meisei High School, SHO-BOND invited students to tour the company’s Technical Research Institute. Explanations of repair and reinforcement technologies as well as information about the importance of performing this work were provided in this tour, contributing to increase the students’ interest in careers involving these types of projects.
After the tour, SHO-BOND received messages of appreciation from students that included their impressions about what they saw and learned during the tour.
Nakamikawa Athletics Park restoration project (Hyogo Prefecture)
SHO-BOND assisted with activities to repair and resume operations of the Nakamikawa Athletics Park in the town of Sayou in Hyogo prefecture following damage caused by heavy rain during the summer.
Mud was removed, fences repaired and other measures used in order to enable residents to begin using this park again.
Construction site tour (Chiba Prefecture)
A guided tour of SHO-BOND construction site was provided for students of the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama National University and Hosei University. In this tour, students visited the Baraki Bridge to learn about construction methods and experience construction activities for themselves.
Construction job event at a nursery school (Niigata Prefecture)
SHO-BOND held an event to explain construction jobs at the Nigorikawa Nursery School, which has about 80 students. The objectives were to improve the perception of the construction industry among parents, raise awareness of the industry and encourage parents to give children an interest in construction. At this event, people had the opportunity to operate a drone, use a remote control unit to operate a bulldozer and backhoe, use a bucket truck, and have other experiences.
Driving safety awareness program (Hokkaido)
SHO-BOND held a driving safety program for drivers of ordinary automobiles at the Tarumae service area of an expressway in Hokkaido.
Clean-up campaign (Miyagi Prefecture)
SHO-BOND employees participated in a program to clean the area along the Shiogame-Watari railroad line in the city of Natori.
Pedestrian bridge tile repair (Nara Prefecture)
Broken, uneven and missing tiles were replaced at a pedestrian bridge in Nara prefecture. These repairs provided a safe pathway for pedestrians, bicyclists and others at this location and work also reflected local environmental considerations.
Lesson at Tsuchihashi Elementary School
SHO-BOND personnel visited Tsuchihashi Elementary School to conduct lessons for 175 students in first grade (71), second grade (52) and sixth grade (52).
Students learned about the nearby Tsuchihashi Viaduct repair project and had hands-on experience with tightening a high-tensile bolt.
In addition, students were lifted by bucket trucks for a close look at the school’s windmill that generates electricity and the wind tower. Other students performed a diagnosis of the school building by using a Schmidt hammer and crack scale in order to study earthquake and other disaster resistance.
Students seemed to enjoy these activities, which gave them a new perspective for viewing an eco-school, a subject they have been studying. The SHO-BOND instructors answered many questions about construction, the bucket truck for work in high places, inspection equipment and the construction business.
This special lesson generated much interest among the students and helped raise their interest in ways to be responsible members of society and protect the environment.
Lesson at Tsuda Elementary School
SHO-BOND personnel visited Tsuda Elementary School to conduct lessons for 34 first grade students.
Shoes were used to explain the function of bridge bearings and students learned about bucket trucks used for performing tasks in high places and other subjects by using a quiz format.
After the lesson, students rode a bucket truck, tightened a bolt, saw how an extension work truck operates, and heard the snapping sound when a high-tensile bolt is tightened. All these events enabled the children to have fun while learning about construction.
This class also attracted many parents of the children. Overall, the lesson stimulated the interest of children in a new subject and benefited the region where the school is located.
Lesson at Udokita Nursery School Kids Uniform
SHO-BOND personnel visited Udokita Nursery School to conduct a special class for 29 students between the ages of five and six. The lesson was structured to give children an interest in construction while having fun. Picture cards were used to explain construction processes and then children assembled a very large model of a structure.
The highlight of this class was Kids Uniform, which allows the children to try on work clothes. Everyone was excited to try on clothes and then pose for photos.
What is this? You look good!
Amid laughter and the excitement of new experiences, the class seemed to provide the children the opportunity to have a feeling of closeness to the construction industry.
Lesson at Fujimatsu-minami Elementary School
SHO-BOND personnel visited Fujimatsu-minami Elementary School to conduct a lesson attended by 103 third grade students. To give the children a clear explanation of work to prevent damage from natural disasters, the instructors used a projector to show pictures of nearby roads and bridges. Next, students had the opportunity to use a bucket truck for performing work in high places and to tighten bolts.
Students enjoyed looking down at the schoolyard from the bucket and using bolt tightening tools.
All of the events, along with good weather that day, enabled the children to gain a variety of knowledge about the construction industry and construction methods.
Construction site tour for Seki Elementary School students
SHO-BOND invited 49 students at Seki Elementary School to visit a construction site. The first half of the visit was a tour at the Hokusei National Highway Office of bridge that can be assembled quickly in the event of an emergency. The second half was a tour of a construction site. Children touched actual components used at the project and could sit in work vehicles. Seeing the construction site gave everyone a better understanding of the need for construction expertise and for being prepared for natural disasters.
Construction site tour for Oka Nursery School students
SHO-BOND conducted a construction event for the 97 students of Oka Nursery School. Students toured a construction site in the morning where they saw workers performing many types of jobs that normally are not seen by the public.
In the afternoon, SHO-BOND instructors used picture cards to explain construction activities to the children. This was followed by a picture drawing session.
The lesson held at this nursery school was publicized in an article in a major newspaper in this region.
Kids Project at Minami Children’s Center (Aichi Prefecture)
SHO-BOND held an event at the Minami Children’s Center where children and their parents and guardians drew a picture.
The event started with a presentation about construction that used picture cards. Next, all participants worked together to create one large picture.
Picture card presentation at Dotoku Nursery School
SHO-BOND personnel conducted a class at Doutoku Nursery School.
As one way to talk about disaster preparedness, picture cards were used to explain measures used to protect bridges from being damaged by earthquakes.
At the class, explanations of the roles of regional public-sector construction projects were linked to information about disaster preparedness.
Construction site tour for Isojima Elementary School students
Isojima Elementary School is located in the area that was severely damaged by the massive Isewan Typhoon of 1959. Due to its history, the school places emphasis on lessons concerning resilience to natural disasters. To reinforce awareness of the need to be prepared for an earthquake, SHO-BOND invited 30 sixth grade students at Isojima Elementary School to visit a construction site.
The students saw a seismic reinforcement project at a nearby bridge. After hearing an explanation of the project, the students had the opportunity to have a construction work experience. Overall, these activities made everyone more aware of the need to be prepared for natural disasters.
Clean-up day event (Okitsugawa Bridge: Sunpu Eco Action)
SHO-BOND provided support for Sunpu Eco Action 2010, a regional clean-up event held by Tokai University. SHO-BOND operated activities at the Okitsugawa Bridge location.
About 1,000 people participated in this clean-up campaign. They collected 1,070kg of trash, 630kg of combustible materials and 440kg of non-combustible refuse. This event removed trash and strengthened communications among the residents of this region.
Support for a community event (original fans for temple ring passage)
Drawings made by 46 students at Momohana Kindergarten and 19 students at Okitsuminami Nursery School were used as the designs for paper fans. Six hundred of these fans were given to people participating in a local summer festival. A certificate of appreciation for this support were presented from the Okitsunakacho government.