Support for Art, Culture, and Education

The Marubeni Collection

The Marubeni Collection is broadly focused on two main categories: paintings and garments. In the painting collection, some pieces were purchased by Marubeni from artists and galleries it has encountered through its business activities, others were received as gifts from business partners, and still others were acquired in the course of Marubeni's painting business, which continued from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. In the garment collection, the pieces have been collected since 1929, in the days of Marubeni Shoten, Ltd., when the Company began purchasing garments including costumes use for Noh, a form of classical Japanese musical drama, in order to research costume design. The collection also includes Edo-period short-sleeved kosode kimonos, and kimonos created by modern designers.
Today, exhibitions of part of the Marubeni Collection have become a centerpiece of Marubeni's corporate arts and cultural support activities and social contribution programs. By handing these sorts of invaluable cultural treasures to future generations in the best possible condition, Marubeni aims to contribute to Japanese culture. The paintings and classical Japanese garments are stored and managed in an air-conditioned arts storeroom to prevent degradation, and restoration works is commissioned as necessary to specialists. Most of the classical Japanese garments have been entrusted to Kyoto Prefecture and are cared for properly.

Marubeni Art Collection

Support for Education

Support Toward Social Skill Training

  • Support Toward Social Skill Training (SST)

Since 2007 Marubeni has been supporting Social Skill Training (SST), a program hosted by social welfare corporation Osaka Child Welfare Services Association which targets children ranging from third grade junior high school students to third grade high school students who are living in orphanages.
SST is a program that provides the necessary knowledge to prevent children without any immediate family to depend on from being alienated from society and their workplace when they leave the care of social services to live independently. A theme-based curriculum is conducted, and specific issues pertaining to everyday life are covered, such as personal grooming, the law, warnings about fraudulent business practices, and so on.
In August 2016, Marubeni invited 95 children and 23 staff members and volunteers from 37 orphanages from the suburbs of Osaka Prefecture, in total 118 people, to the Osaka Branch. Employees gave them a presentation about the social role of Marubeni, a general trading company, along with an explanation of their personal views as members of society.

Welcoming Visits to the Company

As part of the effort to promote career education for the youths of the next generation to develop their awareness and perspectives on working and occupations, Marubeni actively supports company visits and training sessions for students. Seminars are offered to junior and senior high school students on the topic of “Sogo Shosha”, and a total of 308 students from 26 schools visited the company in FY 2016. In addition to introducing the business and CSR activities of a shosha in an easy-to-understand manner, there is also an opportunity for the visiting students to engage in a dialog with Marubeni Group employees who are alumni from their school. Students can hear the experiences and advice directly from a wide range of people, from young employees to veteran executives, creating a way for the students to feel a closer connection to Marubeni.

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