On September 4, 2009, a ceremony was held to mark the completion of Yuanshan Primary School, which was destroyed by the earthquake that struck China’s Sichuan province in 2008 and then rebuilt using donations that NYK made through Plan Japan*.
Takao Ito, a corporate officer at NYK, and Frank Xu, deputy general manager of the Administration Group at NYK Line (China), attended the ceremony, at which Ito addressed the students: “You are the hope for the future of China. Please study hard and exercise your ability for the prosperity of China and a friendly relationship between China and Japan. Let’s work together to overcome the hardship of this earthquake.”
A student affected by the tragedy then expressed the gratitude of the students: “The earthquake was really scary, but now we are happy to have our school rebuilt. We will study hard so that we can contribute to our country and society. We will never forget your support and always be grateful.”
Cash donation and about 2,000 used books were also collected from NYK employees in China, and the cash donation was used to purchase books, sports equipment, and school materials for the students.
After the Sichuan earthquake occurred in May 2008, NYK immediately made the decision to be a part of the area’s reconstruction efforts being organized by Plan**. Later last year, it was determined that NYK’s 10 million yen donation would be used for rebuilding of this seriously damaged school, and construction was then completed on August 28, 2009.
NYK is proud to be part of a rebuilding effort that will aid in the education of these children over the long term and help eradicate poverty by that, as encouraged by the UN’s Millennium Development Goal to achieve universal primary education.
*About Plan Japan
Plan Japan has an office in Japan as a member of Plan, an international organization.
Founded over 70 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 48 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha is one of the world's leading transportation companies. At the end of March 2009, the NYK Group was operating 779 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, and trucks. The company's shipping fleet includes 154 containerships, 289 bulk carriers, 57 woodchip carriers, 112 car carriers, 80 tankers, 33 LNG carriers, three cruise ships, and 51 other ships. NYK's revenue in fiscal 2008 was about $24 billion, and as a group NYK employs about 55,000 people worldwide. NYK is based in Tokyo and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.