Nichirei uses land it owns in areas with an abundant natural environment for a number of activities, including research, environmental protection and regional activities.
1. Chichijima, Ogasawara islands
The Nitto Ice Manufacturing Company set up an ice-making plant on Chichijima one of the Ogasawara islands. It survived the confiscation of Ogasawara by the US military after World War II ended and, when the island was returned to Japan in 1968, the land and buildings were registered as the property of Nichirei. Chichijima had several flourishing activities at the time, including the production of crafts made using Pandanus boninensis leaves, and hula dancing by local groups. We wanted our facilities to be used for those pursuits, so we demolished the buildings and planted grass, for which we cared.
Nichirei owns land near Lake Hibara, in the Urabandai area of Fukushima Prefecture. In nearby areas, we support environmental research, on the basis of which are conducted environment- and biodiversity-related conservation activities that we also support. Following the eruption of Mount Bandai in 1888, all vegetation disappeared from the Urabandai area. Now, more than 120 years later, the vegetation has returned, resulting in forests of red pine, a proliferation of white willows, reed-filled wetlands, and aquatic plant clusters in the marshlands. While the forests of red pine and larch were planted on the Urabandai tablelands by local residents who had want greenery to return to the area, our company’s land nevertheless provides a valuable area in which one can observe the untouched, ever-changing face of nature.
Since FY2011, we have been supporting a project, organized to study the area’s environmental symbiosis and regeneration, run by Fukushima University’s Practical Education Promotion Center. In addition, we donate to the Sparkling Water Bandai Mizumirai Fund (Lake Inawashiro/Lake Urabandai Aquatic Environment Conservation Measures Association), which promotes the conservation of aquatic environments in Lake Inawashiro and the Lake Urabandai basin. By disseminating information about its activities and expanding the circle of understanding and support, this fund aims to pass along to future generations the Lake Inawashiro and Urabandai wetland areas in pristine condition. In February 2012, as part of the aquatic environment conservation activities conducted by the Mizumirai Fund, Nichirei collaborated with Fukushima University to create the Urabandai Goshikimeki Lakes and Swamps Aquatic Plant Guide. We plan to continue supporting environmental protection activities not just for company land, but also for the natural environment throughout Urabandai.
Fukushima University research underway（1）
Fukushima University research underway（2）