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Social Contribution Guidelines and Activity Results

Guidelines on Social Contribution Activities and Process

The Mitsubishi Estate Group established our Guidelines on Social Contribution Activities in April 2008, revising the Social Contribution Activity Philosophy (created in 1994) from viewpoints including changing social issues and the necessity of Group-wide initiatives. Group companies abide by these guidelines when conducting their activities.

Mitsubishi Estate Group Guidelines on Social Contribution Activities

  • 1.Solutions to social issues together with corporate growth

    As a good corporate citizen, we work to resolve social issues with the added benefit of achieving corporate growth through such activities.

  • 2.Development of activities characteristic of the Mitsubishi Estate Group

    We carry out unique social contribution activities, both within and outside its business spheres, which are characteristic of the Group and utilize its management resources.

  • 3.Ties with community

    We engage in transparent and fair activities in affiliation with various groups, based on equal footing, trust and dialogue.

  • 4.Priority areas

    We prioritize harmony with the local community, support for culture and the arts, environmental conservation and social welfare.

We also implement community investment, engage with NGOs, and participate in initiatives to better contribute to the society. Our focus areas — harmony with the local community, support for culture and the arts, environmental conservation, and social welfare — are set out in the Group Guidelines and linked to the Group's business strategy.

Supporting Employee Volunteer Activities

The Mitsubishi Estate Group is working to create an environment that makes it easy for people to volunteer, such as by establishing Volunteer Support Programs available to employees including Group companies.

Overview of Main Programs

Program Overview
Days off for volunteering Employees can use their accumulated days off (special PTO) for volunteering
Social learning Employees can volunteer during working hours
Volunteer insurance* The company provides insurance that compensates for accidents during volunteering (also for family members)
Activity fee subsidy* The company partially subsidizes volunteer participation and travel expenses (also for family members)
Subsidy program for travel expenses to volunteer in disaster-affected areas (scope of eligible activities revised in 2018)* The company partially subsidizes travel expenses for volunteering related to disasters covered under the Disaster Relief Act (also for family members)

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  • Program including Group company employees

See the following for the usage results of these programs.

ESG Data > S: Social data > (2) Other > 2. Diversity > Number of employees using personnel programs

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Building Communities

The Food Education Marunouchi Initiatives

Mitsubishi Estate has been implementing a project known as Food Education Marunouchi Initiatives since 2008. Some 280,000 people work in the Marunouchi area, and it is roughly estimated they generate approximately 30% of Japan's GDP. Thus, it can be said that helping workers there become physically and mentally healthy through food helps to energize Japan as a whole.

One such example is initiatives by the Marunouchi Chef's Club, which is chaired by Yukio Hattori, and composed of 26 top chefs including acclaimed French chef Kiyomi Mikuni. The Club members have spent more than a decade traveling around Japan to deepen exchanges with producers and develop menus using local ingredients. Together, they help promote local products. In the fall of 2018, the Club organized a special "Kizuna" luncheon commemorating its 10th anniversary. A long white table was set up along Marunouchi Naka Dori Avenue and special dishes expressing the Club's tight-knit relationships with the rural regions were served to the guests, including local producers invited from around the nation.

Mitsubishi Estate also has developed numerous programs using the framework of Food Education Marunouchi Initiatives. These includes the "Marunouchi Gramme Marché," that encourages communication between producers and consumers through sales by volume; "Eat Academy," which turns restaurants into places of learning; and "Will Conscious Marunouchi" and "Marunouchi Infirmary," which support women's health and lifestyles. While founded on the theme of healthy food, today the program topic coverage extends to regional revitalization, food culture and tradition, healthcare and women empowerment. Going forward, we will build upon our network with regions and know-how of food we have established to date and continue to propel the world of food.

Marunouchi Chef's Club

SHOKU-IKU MARUNOUCHI TOKYO (Food Education Marunouchi Tokyo) (Japanese only)Open new window

The Marunouchi Infirmary for Working Women

As part of Will Conscious Marunouchi*, a project that helps working women prepare for life events in the future, Mitsubishi Estate has organized the Marunouchi Infirmary, which since 2014 provides health measurements and counseling for women. This year, a face-to-face survey of the diets, health and work environments of working women in their 20s and 30s was conducted. This resulted in the release of the White Paper on 1,000 Working Women, the first such study of its kind in Japan. This paper sounded the alarm about underweight women. Surveys and interviews of over 1,800 women also revealed that poor nutrition and a lack of both sleep and exercise are serious concerns. In response to these results, the Marunouchi Infirmary held events to support women's health in the Marunouchi area, and solutions are presented every year in collaboration with restaurants, service stores, government agencies, manufacturers, and doctors.

In 2015, Marunouchi Infirmary developed the New Habit Method following a series of experiments to encourage healthy habits and behavioral changes. Behavior guidelines were proposed to redress the three major shortages that working women experience, and to help them have long and healthy careers. The five recommendations are: eat a breakfast that includes protein, eat healthy snacks, take light exercise, reduce caffeine, and get six or more hours of sleep every night. These recommendations were compiled into the Conscious Woman Diary in an easy-to-carry pamphlet that allows women to conveniently check off their daily health habits, and also includes short informational articles targeting women. Since 2018, the pamphlet has been distributed to about 1,000 women, including Mitsubishi Estate Group employees as well as office workers and shop staff in the Marunouchi area, encouraging them to make voluntary changes including following the program for one month.

The Group will continue to support working women with their life events and their futures.

  • Will Conscious Marunouchi is a project designed to help working women achieve their future goals through provision of information on women's life events, food, work styles, leisure time, and life planning. It provides various services and programs offering them opportunities to learn essential information about health and food.

Participating in the Japan Health Industry Federation

With an aging population, Japanese society faces the challenges of extending healthy life span while keeping social security costs low.

Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Renaissance Incorporated, and Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. established the Japan Health Industry Federation in October 2019 as a venue for inter-industry exchange consisting mainly of companies and industry groups. They meet with the goal of promoting all industries involved in extending healthy life spans in Japan (healthy longevity industries). Mitsubishi Estate's board chairperson serves as the vice president of the association.

The Japan Health Industry Federation engages in activities that go beyond the boundaries of various industries involved in extending healthy longevity, working to solve social issues on which the public and private sectors are united, all with the goal of extending healthy life spans in Japan and promoting healthy longevity industries.

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Area Management Led by the Council for Area Development and Management of Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho

Urban Terrace on Marunouchi Naka-Dori Avenue

In July 2018, the Council for Area Development and Management of Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho, which is made up of landowners in the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho districts (collectively known as the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho area), celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding. Mitsubishi Estate serves as the presiding company of the Council.

For more than 30 years, since the establishment of its predecessor organization in July 1988, the Council has set up infrastructure for urban space as well as promoting safe and secure urban planning that is sustainable and resilient in the wake of disasters. The objective is to create communities by developing and utilizing urban spaces appropriately and effectively.

The NPO Otemachi Marunouchi and Yurakucho Area Management Association (commonly known as "Ligare") was also established in 2002, with the goal of raising the area's value not only through the creation of physical facilities and spaces, but also via social initiatives, including the provision of corporate networking events, generation of local vitality, managing banners in the area, and support for the operation of community buses.

Ligare manages Urban Terrace, in which the street space on Marunouchi Naka-Dori Avenue opened for pedestrians, allowing them to enjoy various events on the streets. It has also extended the scope of its activities to include Destination Marketing/Management Organization (DMO) Tokyo Marunouchi, which aims to invite international conferences and other meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) to the area.

In addition, the Association for Creating Sustainability in Urban Development of the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho Districts (commonly known as the "Ecozzeria Association") works on business creation aimed at realizing a sustainable society. The association operates the 3×3 Lab Future, a hub for interaction in the community, that is a "third place," neither home nor office, and holds seminars and workshops on a variety of social issues such as the environment and energy, regional revitalization, women's empowerment, and biodiversity. 3×3 Lab Future generates cycles of innovation by creating interaction between diverse human resources cutting across industry and sector boundaries, including government and academic institutions as well as private-sector companies.

Marunouchi Naka-Dori Avenue becomes increasingly important as the center of the area's vitality (left: around 1967; right: around 2018)

Council for Area Development and Management of Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho (Japanese only)Open new window

Various Events Implemented in the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho Area

Three urban development organizations, the Council for Area Development and Management of Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho, Ligare, and the Ecozzeria Association, jointly run Eco Kids Explorers & Visiting Lectures, experience-based educational programs for children in Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho that link people to the community. Some 9,000 children had taken part by 2019, fourteen years after the programs commenced.

The Council for Area Development and Management of Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho also organizes the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho Summer Festival, an annual feature of the season in the Marunouchi area. During the festival, an event called "Uchimizu" is held. Uchimizu is one of Japan's traditional lifestyle practices and means sprinkling water to cool the ground. Purified recycled water made from building wastewater is used for the event to help alleviate the heat island phenomenon.

Through such events, Mitsubishi Estate will continue to promote sustainable development of attractive urban space in partnership with visitors and workers in the area.

Eco Kids Explorers

Uchimizu event at the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho Summer Festival

Initiatives to Connect with Community and the Next Generation under the Tokyo Tokiwabashi Project

Tokiwabashi bridge clean-up, the first event in the Japan Nationwide Bridge Project

Mitsubishi Estate is undertaking the Tokyo Tokiwabashi Project, a redevelopment project for the Nihombashi Exit of Tokyo Station. Under the redevelopment project, Mitsubishi Estate has been implementing a variety of initiatives aimed at 2027 and the more distant future are being implemented in line with the five keywords of "sustainable," "socializing," "smart," "sightfeeling," and "story."

Under the Japan Nationwide Bridge Project, Mitsubishi Estate works in partnership with 47 Kai* and tours well-known bridges in all 47 Japanese prefectures to hold bridge clean-up events before the completion of the Tokyo Station Tokiwabashi Project in 2027. The aim of the project is to develop new communities through the clean-up events, and to help make Japan and its regional areas vibrant as the social circles created through the events expand. The project kicked off in November 2018 and had toured eight locations as of November 2019.

  • 47 Kai: An association that aims to act as a liaison between local public servants in Japan's 47 prefectures and central government ministries and agencies

Elementary school students from Tsubame City taking part in the Children and Adults Dream Exchange Program

Mitsubishi Estate is also implementing initiatives aimed at young people who will lead the next generation based on the theme of connecting the next generation with resources, material things, knowledge, experience, and thoughts we want to pass on.

In September and October 2019, Mitsubishi Estate organized touring lectures at junior high schools. The goal was to create an opportunity to think about work as well as the future Tokyo Station square and the future Japan through lectures by Mitsubishi Estate and discussions and presentations by students.

In June 2019, Mitsubishi Estate hosted fifty-five Grade 6 students from Tsubame City Tsubame-higashi Elementary School at the Tokyo Station Tokiwabashi Project presentation room and held the Children and Adults Dream Exchange Program. Mitsubishi Estate employees talked about the company's urban development efforts and their pride in the Tokyo Station Tokiwabashi Project while the elementary school students introduced the local attractions of Tsubame City, and then both children and adults discussed the future.

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"Experience Nature" Project Brings Together Urban and Rural Communities

The Mitsubishi Estate Group works with the NPO Egao Tsunagete (which literally means "connecting smiles" in Japanese), located in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, on the "Experience Nature" Project, with the goal of making Japan a place where urban and rural communities help to revitalize one another.

The "Experience Nature" Project is designed to promote interactions between urban and rural communities to help them identify issues they face and work together to solve them. To date, we have held diverse hands-on tours and developed products such as home building timber using Yamanashi Prefecture-produced lumber and junmai-shu sake Marunouchi.

In fiscal 2017, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project, junmai-shochu Otemachi, a distilled rice liquor was released. It is made of the rice grown in Yamanashi's Hokuto City in the regenerated terraced fields that had been abandoned. The rice that did not meet the standard for junmai-shu sake was effectively utilized to produce the junmai-shochu. This shochu was developed with a brewery in Hokuto City using natural yeast (hanakoubo) obtained from sunflowers, the official flower of Hokuto City, in collaboration with the Department of Fermentation Science at Tokyo University of Agriculture.

In addition, at the "Mitsubishi Estate Group Forest," a neglected forest in Hokuto City that had been poorly managed, prospective and new employees of Mitsubishi Estate Group companies carried out reclamation and forest thinning as part of their training, providing them with a valuable opportunity to learn about local resources, traditions, and culture.

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Giving Back to the Land Project

Life in the city is possible thanks to regional crops, water, air, the people who help maintain them, and a variety of other factors these places provide. However, such areas face various problems such as a declining population, aging population, and a lack of successors to carry on the work. In order to tackle these problems and help regional communities to remain sustainable, Mitsubishi Estate established the Giving Back to the Land project in 2020. The project is based on the concept of "A Love for the Land—a Love for People and a Love for the City."

The new project will take place in the Yatsugatake area straddling Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures. Mitsubishi Estate has already built a relationship with local NPOs and governments in this area through the "Experience Nature" Project that has been implemented for some time in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture. The area boasts the most hours of sunlight in Japan along with fertile ground resulting in the largest crop yield in the country for crops such as grapes. It also faces serious problems, however, such as a dwindling population of farmers and an increasing number of people moving out of the area.

The Compost Project began as a pilot program to tackle regional issues and help develop a recycling-oriented society in the area. In addition to generating local production for local consumption by making compost out of unutilized local resources such as fallen leaves, the project serves as a tool that contributes to the formation of a local farming community.

In addition, the Compost Project also utilizes overgrown Trapa japonica plants* partially removed from the moats of the Imperial Palace Outer Gardens, where Mitsubishi Estate has been implementing its Moat Project, as a way to help preserve the ecosystem. The collected plants were mixed with and used as compost representing an environmental model to reduce the impact on the environment and help promote cyclical use of resources.

  • Trapa japonica is an annual aquatic plant in the Lythraceae family with leaves that float on the surface of the water. The moat in the Imperial Palace Outer Gardens is overgrown with this species, completely covering the surface of the water and blocking sunlight, thereby impacting the ecosystem. On the other hand, the presence of Trapa japonica serves as a shelter for smaller organisms hiding from larger ones. The volume of this plant has various effects on the ecosystem, which is why it is also called an "ecosystem engineer."

Quest Education — A Next-Generation Career Training Program for Junior and Senior High School Students

Since 2019 Mitsubishi Estate has participated as a supporting company in the Quest Education next-generation career training program for junior and high school students to learn about corporate activities and society.

Active learning, where children study intensely in an independent, interactive fashion, is garnering much attention in these ever-changing, unpredictable times. The program, run by Educa & Quest Inc., provides junior and senior high school students with an in-class internship opportunity, where they explore studies as a company member for one year to respond to challenges posed by these companies. Junior and senior high school students from 201 schools from 31 prefectures across the country have participated in the program (as of April 2021, see official program website for details). When the program is completed, participating schools from all over Japan gather to present their results which are then awarded by the companies and judges.

During the idea phase of the program, Mitsubishi Estate employees visit in-person or virtually some of the schools, participating in discussions with students and providing feedback on their presentations. These sessions provide students with meaningful opportunities to learn and sharpen their problem-solving skills by interacting with working members of society. Interacting with students and learning from their strong, flexible thinking also helps foster a new mindset among employees that can result in their personal growth. We look forward to continuing this initiative as a new opportunity to educate both the next generation and Mitsubishi Estate employees.

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Official Partner of the Japanese Para-Sports Association

Mitsubishi Estate became the official partner of the Japanese Para-Sports Association, also known as the JPSA, in April 2019.

The JPSA was established as the umbrella group for promoting the growth of parasports in Japan thanks to the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics Games. The Mitsubishi Group supports the JPSA cause of creating a vibrant, inclusive society, and together with the JPSA is actively engaged in efforts to grow para-athlete sports. Group employees also support parasports events as volunteers and spectators to add to the excitement.

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Support for Culture and the Arts

Operating the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

Mitsubishi Estate operates the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo in the Marunouchi area of Tokyo. It presents three different exhibitions each year focusing on modern art dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. The museum is housed in a stately red brick building that was constructed in 1894 by Mitsubishi — the first office building in Marunouchi — and then restored in 2009. The museum opened in spring the following year. It was designed by the English architect Josiah Conder at the invitation of the Japanese government. Some of the building's original architectural components, such as the stone handrails for the staircases, have been reused.

Exterior of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

Restored bank lobby now in use as Café 1894

Former bank lobby

Empathy Week held at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

Experience Art Appreciation in a Wheelchair

In conjunction with Human Rights Week (December 4–10), "Empathy Week" was simultaneously held at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. Now in its fourth year, the program aims to create a spirit of caring and empathy in an environment where people with and without disabilities can share an appreciation of art. People with a disability certificate and one attendant were given free entry to the museum during this week. Visitors were also encouraged to allow each other to view the art comfortably. The program this year also included an "Experience Art Appreciation in a Wheelchair" session, which provides visitors an opportunity to experience and appreciate art from the perspective of a wheelchair.

Free Talk Day

In response to visitors' demand such as, "We would be able to enjoy art even more if we could exchange our thoughts while viewing the works of art," and requests for time slots in which visitors with small children can enjoy art care-free, we have been holding a Free Talk Day once per month since 2017. The Free Talk Day falls on Mondays, the day the museum is normally closed, so visitors can speak freely as they view exhibits in galleries.

  • Operations are subject to change in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check the museum's website for details.

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Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum marked the tenth anniversary of its opening on April 6, 2020. Since it opened as a center for cultural interaction and communication in the Marunouchi area, more than 3.4 million people have visited the museum.

La Folle Journée Tokyo 2019

La Folle Journée Tokyo 2019 associated program

La Folle Journée Tokyo 2019 classical music festival was held at the Tokyo International Forum. It began in 2005 and has established itself as a new-style music festival, staged in the heart of Tokyo during the Golden Week holidays. The festival also contributes to vitalizing the Marunouchi area and sharing of its culture. Mitsubishi Estate has participated as a sponsor since its inception. It also helps organize associated classical music programs in the Marunouchi area, at venues such as the Marunouchi and Shin-Marunouchi Buildings. Sixty-seven such concerts were held free of charge over the period from April 25–May 6.

The music festival takes place throughout the entire area with the participation of a wide range of artists, including not only professional pianists and orchestra members, but also up-and-coming student performers and working adults. Mitsubishi Estate is striving for the creation of an appealing, energetic urban community through various initiatives in the Marunouchi area.

Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2019

Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2019

Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi aims to discover, nurture, and support the talent of young artists, and to contribute to enlivening the area through art. Graduation and diploma projects created by undergraduate and master course students at major art universities around Japan are selected and exhibited in Marunouchi, Yurakucho, and Otemachi. Awards are given to talented artists with great future prospects. Since this award was established in 2007, it has functioned as a gateway for young artists. The exhibition has resulted in artists participating in individual and group exhibitions, and some are active in various fields.

In fiscal 2019, works by 25 artists carefully selected out of 90 pieces nominated from among approximately 11,000 submissions were displayed from June 5 – 20. Mitsubishi Estate was a special sponsor, and established the Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. Prize in fiscal 2012.

GEIDAI ARTS in Marunouchi 2019

GEIDAI ARTS in Marunouchi 2019

GEIDAI ARTS in Marunouchi 2019 was held at the Marunouchi Building and other venues in the area over the eight-day period from September 9–16, 2019, by Mitsubishi Estate and the Tokyo University of the Arts. This event supports young, up-and-coming artists and provides visitors to the Marunouchi area the opportunity to enjoy fine arts through various types of experiential art events.

In fiscal 2019, the 13th event was held based on the theme of "VOICE!" with various programs taking place concurrently at multiple venues. Unique content for this year's event included Reiwa Children's Kabuki for children from infants to elementary school age to experience kabuki props, musical instruments, actions, and vocalizations in a workshop format. This was part of a program for considering sensibility education in early childhood. A wide variety of exhibits of works and musical and other performances were presented based on student proposals.

Mitsubishi Estate established the Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. Prize in 2008 to support young artists who graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and are likely to do great things in the future. During the event, recitals and exhibitions were held by the winners in the Music and Art Divisions.

To further enliven the Marunouchi area, Mitsubishi Estate will continue holding various events and sharing information about culture and art.

Supporting Orchestras

© NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

Mitsubishi Estate has supported the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, as a special corporate supporter since 1991 as one facet of its continuing support for culture and fine arts. Mitsubishi Estate has also supported the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra as a special member since 1998, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as a corporate supporter since 2007.

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Social Welfare

Supporting Children with Disabilities through Kira Kira Art Competition

Mitsubishi Estate established the Kira Kira Art Competition in 2002, with the desire to support the full potential of children with disabilities. It began with 496 works submitted in the first competition, a number that rose to 1,388 from 39 prefectures in fiscal 2019, its 18th year.

The Award for Excellence-winning works are selected after preliminary judging, evaluation by Mitsubishi Estate Group members, and the main judging. The artworks selected are displayed at nine locations across Japan, including Takamatsu Airport in Kagawa Prefecture, added in fiscal 2019, with support from Takamatsu Airport Co., Ltd. All submissions are posted on the contest website. (The award ceremony for the winners of the Award for Excellence scheduled to be held at the Marunouchi Building Hall in February 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Kira Kira Art Competition has been selected for the "beyond2020" program in which the government recognizes cultural programs contributing to the creation of legacy that is proud of the next generation and suited to a mature society, making full use of Japan's rich and diverse regional cultures. Past submissions have been featured in publications, including pamphlets and calendars for corporations. Moreover, some of the winners of this competition are registered as ist with Artbility*, an art library operated by the social welfare corporation Tokyo Colony, as they continue to develop their creative activities. An exhibition featuring works by these Artbility artists was held at the same time as the Award for Excellence exhibition at the Tokyo venue (Marucube, 1F, Marunouchi Building).

The competition is an opportunity to appraise, discover, and exhibit the fantastic talents of disabled children, and Mitsubishi Estate continues to provide support with the hope of expanding the breadth of artistic activities.

  • An art library established in April 1986 by Tokyo Colony, a Kira Kira Art Competition partner, to help people with disabilities gain income and increase social inclusion. The library currently stocks about 5,500 works by some 200 artists. The works are lent out for a fee for use in publications and other media.

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Outline of the 18th Kira Kira Art Competition

Call for artwork (July-September) A total of 1,388 submissions were received
Judging (October) 266 Mitsubishi Estate Group employees took part in the two-day judging
Exhibition of Award for Excellence winners (October-December) The 50 Award for Excellence winners were exhibited at nine venues across Japan (Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, and Fukuoka)
Award ceremony (February) Scheduled to be held at the Marunouchi Building Hall for Award for Excellence winners, parents and guardians, educators, and other invitees (cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Judges O JUN (artist; professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Michiko Aoyagi (associate professor, Tokyo University of the Arts; pedagogy researcher)
Katsuya Nishida (graphic designer, Katsuya Nishida Design Office)
Hirokazu Takahashi (director, Artbility, Tokyo Colony)
Junichi Yoshida (President & CEO; Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.)
Akiya Takahashi (director; Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo)
* Titles and affiliates are as of the time the 18th competition was held.

Exhibition (Tokyo venue: Marucube, Marunouchi Building)

First round of judging

Employee judging

Main judging

Kira Kira Art Competition Held in Collaboration with Tokyo University of the Arts

As a collaborative project with Tokyo University of the Arts' Nationwide Art & Education Research Project 2019, Mitsubishi Estate sought the cooperation of schools that had entered artwork into the Kira Kira Art Competition and held an exhibit of the students' submissions and documentary videos at The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts. A networking event for people involved in art education in special-needs educational settings was also held at the university for the first time. This project was aimed at supporting art education at special-needs schools and in creating a foundation for art programs that support children with disabilities. The program was also held in fiscal 2020.

The theme is playing with color and having fun with color

Works using acrylic and oil paints

Discussion at the networking event

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The Mitsubishi Estate Shall We Concert Brings Live Music to Children with Disabilities

On-site concert

Mitsubishi Estate holds the Mitsubishi Estate Shall We Concert for students at special needs schools, who have few opportunities to leave their school and experience live music. This reflects our viewpoints of supporting culture and fine arts, and social welfare, two of the priority fields of Mitsubishi Estate's social contribution activities. The goals of this concert are for professional musicians to visit these schools to share the fun and charm of music, and to provide opportunities for children to learn about instruments and music. These concerts started in fiscal 2004, and were held at five schools in fiscal 2019, bringing live music to a total of 91 schools and more than 10,000 students to date.

Schools, performers, and Mitsubishi Estate work together to decide the concert programs. These are not limited to classical music, as they sometimes include music from Studio Ghibli or Disney films, songs students learn in school, and school songs. These events also include opportunities for students to engage in group performances together and see musical instruments up close. The concerts also include explanations of the compositions and instruments between performances. The students experience the music by singing, dancing, or clapping in tune with the rhythm.

FY2019 schools

Tokyo Metropolitan Rinkai Aomi Special Needs Education School
Tokyo Metropolitan Jonan Special Needs Education School
Tokyo Metropolitan Oizumi Special Needs Education School
Tokyo Metropolitan Bokuto Special Needs Education School Kamome Branch
Tokyo Metropolitan Otsuka Schools for the Deaf
(no particular order)


  • Japan-Austria Cultural Association (violin, cello, piano, marimba, harp, etc.)
  • Music Players Okawaridan (violin, trumpet, saxophone, tuba, percussion, piano)
  • Vanmeters (piano, saxophone, tuba, percussion)

Table for Two Delivering School Lunches to Children in Developing Countries

Sparkle, the employee cafeteria at the Head Office of Mitsubishi Estate, has been taking part in Table for Two, a program that supports children in developing countries, and encourages employees to help solve social issues through the purchase of eligible menu items.

Table for Two is an initiative being run by the non-profit organization Table for Two International. When eligible health-conscious menu items are purchased, 20 yen per meal is donated and the contribution is utilized toward providing school lunches for children in developing countries in Africa and Asia. The donation for one meal is the equivalent of one school lunch for the children.

Sparkle has taken part in Cup for Two, which is a program for beverages only, since February 2018, right after the relocation of the Head Office, and had implemented the donation program for the purchase of smoothies. Starting from April 2019, the cafeteria expanded the program to include some of the items on the lunch menu as well, introducing a full-scale Table for Two program. From the introduction of the program up to March 2020, there had been donations of 242,440 yen, equivalent to 12,122 meals.

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Basic Policy and Approach in Urban Development

The Mitsubishi Estate Group has set out to "create a truly meaningful society" as its Group Mission by "building attractive, environmentally sound communities where people can live, work and relax with contentment," based on the Three Principles, which is the management philosophy of the Mitsubishi Group.

In order to further realize this basic philosophy, the Mitsubishi Estate Group focuses on sustainability in urban development, including urban regeneration, taking into consideration social needs such as disaster preparedness and barrier-free access in all properties as part of the planning phase and guide the development and operation phase as well as the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases and thereby allowing diverse people — regardless of nationality, race, color, language, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political or other opinions, national or social origins, property, disability, birth, class, or other status — to live, work and relax with contentment.

Moreover, to facilitate use by many people, we consider access to public transport during design and development stages in all properties as we select development sites and make investments. We also consider planning and design that allows individual users to live in comfort when proceeding with development and refurbishment.

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