ESTABLISHMENTOctober 1, 1996
Form of the Organization:Non-profit Organization
President:Mr. Atsushi Yagi(Audit & Supervisory Board Member,Mitsui Sumitomo Aioi Life Insurance Co.,Ltd.)
Head office: 3F, Akasaka Nakagawa Bldg.  3-11-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo Japan 170-0052
Tel 03-5570-2181, +81-3-5570-2181(from abroad) Fax 03-5570-8035
Kansai branch : 4F, Nanbamuromachi Bldg.  1-12-5 Nanbanaka Naniwa-ku Osaka Japan 556-0011
Tel 06-4396-8680, +81-6-4396-8680(from abroad)  Fax 06-4396-8681
Chugoku branch: 5F, 502-B Tsuchimoto Bldg. 6-7 Teppocho Naka-ku Hiroshima Japan 730-0017
Tel・Fax 082-222-5101, +81-82-222-5101(from abroad)

Main spirit

As we are facing the more serious problems like rapid aging and very low birth rate, Japan would eventually be an aged society. No other country, other than ours, has ever experienced such difficulty before. It is a real shock to know that statistically, a quarter of the total population in Japan will be composed of the elderly aged 65 and over in 2014. Under such conditions, we think that senior people must willingly take part in social activities for Japan in order to keep their high energy and maintain the same standard of living as they are having today and more in the future. We recognize an urgent need to make a stage for senior people to join together and gain more success. To address this need, Mitsui Interbusiness Research Institute (MIRI) formed Mitsui Volunteer Network ( Mitsui V-Net) and it was founded in 1996 by the Mitsui Group of Companies and MIRI.

Idea

The Mitsui V-Net, which is mainly composed of the Mitsui Group of Companies' members or retired workers, primarily promotes volunteer activities for senior people and supports them in having continuous health and wealth and eventually finding their life worth. We firmly believe that the Mitsui Group of Companies takes the lead and wholeheartedly dedicates themselves to help our society.

Summary of activities

Right now, an annual total of 9000 persons composed of the Mitsui Group of Companies' members, retired men and women, with their families, and friends, are involved in our activities such as following.

1) International Exchanges

*One-on-one interaction with international students and their families. Giving advice in everyday life, Japanese language training, learning about society, economy, culture and traditions and customs in Japan, among others. We have cooperated with the following universities:
The University of Tokyo, Chiba University, Komazawa University, Yokohama Natinal University, Saitama University, Hitotsubashi University, Kobe University, Doshisha University, Ritsumeikan University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Osaka University, Osaka City University, and Hiroshima University of Economics.

「NIHONGO SARON」 Japanese Language Class:
for international students, their families and business men and women in Japan.

2) Environment Protection

*We co-sponsor the " International Cleanup Activity"and the " International Coastal Cleanup Campaign " so that we can do voluntary cleanup tasks at Tama River, Arakawa River, Kamakura Yuigahama Beach, Suma Beach, Kaizuka-shi Nishiki no Hama, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and others.

3) Medical Care, Welfare and Cultural Activities

*Volunteer work at hospital:We assist patients on how to use a transaction device for   revisiting patients and the process of paying by ATM. As volunteers, we also guide the patients inside the hospital and check out books at the following medical care facilities: Japanese Red Cross Medical Center, University of Tokyo Hospital, Mitsui Memorial Hospital, Yokohama City Minato Red Cross Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, Kyoto University Hospital, Kobe University Hospital, Hiroshima University Hospital.

*Volunteer for events management:We provide back-up support on the organization of events, exhibitions and classes conducted by Nippon Charity Kyokai Foundation who takes care of both the mentally and physically handicapped persons as well as elderly people.

*Volunteer work at the child welfare facility: We try to reach out to children who are housed at Elizabeth Saunders Home, a foster home, in addition to maintaining good living facilities as well as conducting cleanups. A charity concert is also held to support fund raising.

*Volunteer at the culture facility :We help in accomplishing the tasks done at the front desk, guide and gardening at Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum.

*We regularly hold Taiko a concert at the Hogaraka and Hikarinosono Nursing Homes and at the Resort Arcadia Village.

4)Regional activities :

Our members serve the society as community- based volunteers and have gatherings to update one another on the conduct of activities, Syounan Club.

5) Other

*Activity of Mitsui V-Net Foundation for child- support to developing countries
We are raising scholarship funds by collecting refundable spoiled postcards and stamps.

*Publication of our newsletter

We publish our newsletter twice a year for the retired men and women of Mitsui V-Net Cooperative Companies.

Operating member companies (oder of the Japanese syllabary )

OJI HOLDINGS, SANKI ENGINEERING, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, TAIHEIYO CEMENT, DENKA, TOSHIBA, TORAY, The Japan Steel Works, Nippon Flour Mills, Mitsui Chemicals, MITSUI MINING & SMELTING, MITSUI KNOWLEDGE INDUSTRY, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING, SUMITOMO MITSUI CONSTRUCTION, SUMITOMO MITSUI TRUST BANK, MITSUI SUGAR, Mitsui Life Insurance, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, MITSUI & CO, MITSUI FUDOSAN, ISETAN MITSUKOSHI HOLDINGS, Mitsui Interbusiness Research

Mitsui V-Net Website
http://www.mv-net.com/