Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Smile Kids Edogawabashi (Tokyo) Nursery School — Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Smile Kids Foundation
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Smile Kids Foundation, established in 2011, operates a nursery school on the first floor of a building owned by the company in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.
The Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Smile Kids Edogawabashi (Tokyo) Nursery School, which is accredited as meeting the government standards, accommodates 60 children up to the age of five, whose parents are residing in Bunkyo Ward and both working. On sunny days, the children go out for walks to parks and along a row of cherry trees facing the Kanda River. They also enjoy snacks and lunches prepared by nutritionists, as well as seasonal events including sports day and outings.
The nursery school organizes various events such as summer and fall festivals and a traditional New Year mochi (rice cake) pounding in collaboration with local neighborhood associations not just for its enrolled children but also for local people.
The nursery school also offers a variety of fun educational programs that allow children to learn numbers and characters, music classes, physical education, and reading English picture books to children. Efforts are also made to improve the working environment of childcare workers, and this led us to be recognized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a company working earnestly to promote work-life balance.
Together with highly motivated childcare workers, the nursery school will continue striving to provide even better care for children, support childrearing of parents in the community, and gain the favor of local residents.
Industry-Academia Collaboration: Diversity on the Arts Project (DOOR)
Sompo Holdings, in collaboration with Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA), launched a Diversity on the Arts Project (DOOR) (Director: Katsuhiko Hibino, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts) from April 2017 aiming to leverage diverse art values in society, to train personnel who contribute to social inclusion and to create a social environment in which diverse people can live together. As specific initiatives, a series of systematic and practical lectures on “art × welfare” were held at TUA from April 10, 2017, and a DOOR base has been established in the suburban area near TUA. The base is a venue for DOOR attendees to interact and engage in autonomous activities and aims to serve as a “door” that opens up DOOR activities to the local community, visualizing the diverse values latent in the community, and creating opportunities to enrich the community.
Exhibition by Children with Intellectual Disabilities
Every year an exhibition of works by children with intellectual disabilities has been held in our headquarters building in Shinjuku, Tokyo that is home to the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art.
The exhibition, which we have been involved with since fiscal year 2003, provides those children with an opportunity to exhibit the paintings, embroidery, calligraphy, and handicrafts they have produced over the past year, while enabling visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of talents found among children.
During the exhibition, we arrange to have the children visit our headquarters to view their works and also spend time with our employees, such as by having lunch together in our employee cafeteria.
Exhibition of works by children
Employees interacting with children
SOMPO Paralym Art Contest: Support for Art by Persons with Disabilities to Realize an Inclusive Society
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa agrees with the purport of the Paralym Art Contest organized by the Shougaisha Jiritsu Suishin Kikou Association to promote social participation by people with special needs and their economic independence, and has participated in the contest as a top sponsor from fiscal year 2016.
In fiscal year 2016, with the cooperation of the Japan Pro-Footballers Association, soccer was chosen as the theme of the contest, and 1,862 paralym art entries were received from throughout Japan, of which 71 were awarded prizes.
We established the SOMPO Paralym Art 47 Prefectures Award which was awarded to one entry from each one of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Employees from our sales offices around the country presented the award to the winners.
The works by the recipients of the 47 Prefectures Awards were exhibited at our headquarters building in Shinjuku from October 25 to November 6, 2016 to public audience including visitors to the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art.