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Co-sponsorship of the 30th "Umi to Sakana Competition" Independent Research and Artwork Contest
Co-sponsorship New Zealand and Japanese Rugby Teams
Tours of factories and facilities and involvement with the community
Opening of the Nissui Pioneer Exhibition
Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd. supporting marine and deep-sea research
Other major involvement with the local community and society

As a good corporate citizen, Nissui continually strives to deepen its communication with society and engages in various activities to contribute to society.

Creative Division: "Sea of Rainbow-colored Jelly Fish"
Sanaka Endo (2nd year student at Myodani Elementary School in Kobe City)
Research Division: "Why Does a Fish Fillet Shine in all the Colors of the Rainbow?" (part)
Rinne Watanabe (5th year student at Daisan Hino Elementary School in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)

An excellent example of Nissui's efforts toward social contribution is its co-sponsorship of the "Umi to Sakana Competition" Independent Research and Artwork Contest. Toward the end of the 1970s, Japanese people had begun to eat less and less fish, and the consumption of fishery products was stagnating. Nissui's customer service center took up the challenge of how make to people more interested in fish again and, as a result, decided to co-sponsor the "Umi to Sakana Competition" Independent Research and Artwork Contest. The contest, which was held for the first time in 1982, aims to direct the attention of elementary school-aged children to "sakana (fish)", which hold an important position in the Japanese diet, and to the "umi (ocean)" that fosters the fish.

This content is held once a year, with the aim of getting elementary school-aged children to learn about the relationship between the ocean and fish and their own lives from multiple angles through experience. It is hosted by the Asahi Shimbun Company and Asahi Gakusei Shimbunsha and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), the Fisheries Research Agency (FRA), and the Japan Overseas Educational Services (JOES), with cooperation from the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science. The contest in 2011 was the 30th consecutive event.

For years, society has been calling for sustainable and effective utilization of resources of the earth and sea and protection of the environment. It is Nissui's hope to awaken interest among these young children, who will grow up to lead the coming generations, in the theme of "the ocean, fish, and us," so that they may be able to recognize fish as food and life forms, see the economical potential of enterprises such as fisheries, seafood processing, distributive trade, etc., and view the ocean as an indispensable factor in our lives as a reservoir of resources. During the contest, the children should consider this theme from various angles, and ultimately express themselves through works of art. It is in this hope that Nissui has continued to co-sponsor this contest for the last 30 years.

Some of the contestants in the past learned the value of even the smallest life and now work as physicians. There are cases of children who have applied for this contest because their older brothers and sisters applied to the contest before them, as well as cases of elementary school children who applied to the contest in the past that have grown up and now have their children apply to the contest. This contest has developed a powerful sense of history and ties among the contestants over the past 30 years.

The first contest asked for submissions of independent research works, and approximately 2,200 works were submitted. Since then, the contest has been divided into two separate categories: the "research division" and the "creative division." The research division covers works of independent research and observation charts, while the creative division accepts works in 5 sub-categories of paintings, picture books, handicrafts, essays, and music. Application guides and posters are distributed to more than 20,000 elementary schools and drawing classes across the country as well as aquariums and research institutions, helping spread information about the contest. Since the 28th year, the contest has been advertised to overseas Japanese schools and continuation schools through JOES.

The 30th contest received 26,769 submissions, more than 10 times that of the 1st contest. The total number of works submitted from the 1st contest to the 30th contest has reached 567,352 works, and the number of works submitted from overseas locations has grown rapidly from 382 works in the 28th contest to 899 in the 30th contest.

The submitted artworks are examined in the final board of review, where officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, researchers from JAMSTEC, and key figures from a wide range of fields including elementary school teachers serve as judges. The judges are responsible for determining the winners of several prestigious awards for both the research and creative divisions, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister's Award, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister's Award, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology Chairman's Award, the Fisheries Research Agency Chairman's Award, the Asahi Shimbun Award, the Asahi Gakusei Shimbunsha Award, the Nissui Award, and the Special Judges' Award.

The 30th Nissui Awards were presented to "Why Does a Fish Fillet Shine in all the Colors of the Rainbow?" (independent research) in the research division and "Sea of Rainbow-colored Jelly Fish" (paintings) in the creative division.

In addition, the "Summer Active Learning Program" has been held since 2006 as a part of the contest advertisement PR activities. In this program, elementary school children are invited to JAMSTEC, FRA, Nissui group companies, business locations of fishery cooperatives, research institutes, and so on to observe and experience fisheries, aquafarming, processing, distribution, research, marine surveys, ichthyophagy, etc. In 2011, children were invited to the Yokosuka Headquarters of JAMSTEC to see a model of the manned submersible research vehicle "Shinkai 6500" and observe benthic feeders, as well as to the Momoshima Station of the National Research Institute of Fisheries and Environment of Inland Sea, Fisheries Research Agency (Onomichi City) to collect fish and shellfish in the tidal pools of the artificial seawater pond and learn about observation methods. In addition, the children tried cooking deep-fried oysters at Kunihiro Inc. (a Nissui group company specializing in processing oysters in Onomichi City) and participating in simulated auctions at Hiroshima Suisan Co., Ltd (Nissui Group seafood wholesaler at the Hiroshima Municipal Central Wholesale Market, Hiroshima City).

Nissui maintains high hopes that, through its co-sponsorship of the "Umi to Sakana Competition" Independent Research and Artwork Contest, as many children as possible will be interested in "the sea and fish," and that the children working on producing works of art for the contest will learn many things and grow up with an exuberant imagination and a caring attitude towards nature.

Summer Active Learning Program of "Umi to Sakana Competition" Independent Research and Artwork Contest

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