Connections with Local Communities

  1. Responsibility to Local Communities
  2. Examples of Communication with Local Communities

The Yamaha Group acknowledges that a corporation is a member of society, and we endeavor to be a good corporate citizen while promoting socially acceptable values and conduct. Always considerate of our impact on local communities, we engage in dialogue with community members and pursue low-environmental-impact business activities.
At offices and factories, we regularly hold information exchange sessions with surrounding municipalities and solicit opinions at neighborhood council meetings. When we build or retire a Yamaha office, we do so after reporting and explaining the matter to the head of the local government in the area while also using our exchange sessions with surrounding municipalities to make reports, as appropriate, and ask for their opinions and requests. Furthermore, when we retire a Yamaha factory, we carry out soil and groundwater surveys to assess environmental impacts on the area. In the event that an impact, such as contamination, is discovered, we take prompt and appropriate measures for decontamination or removal.

The Yamaha Group engages in ongoing communication with the communities that are home to business sites to maintain good relations with these communities.

Information Exchange Sessions with Neighborhood Councils (Yamaha Corporation)
Office Frequency Participants Details
Headquarters Once annually 8 local neighborhood councils Business status updates, solicitation of requests/concerns, exchange of opinions
Kakegawa Factory Once annually 7 local neighborhood councils Business status updates, solicitation of requests/concerns, exchange of opinions
Toyooka Factory Once annually 3 local neighborhood councils Business status updates, solicitation of requests/concerns, exchange of opinions
Tenryu Factory Once annually 12 local neighborhood councils Business status updates, solicitation of requests/concerns, exchange of opinions
  • Note: These exchange sessions were canceled in fiscal 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Communication Activities Conducted at Business Sites and Factories

  • Regular information exchange sessions with neighborhood councils
  • Factory tours
  • Accommodation of community study trips for local elementary school students and hands-on workplace experience programs and tours for local junior high and high school students
  • Summer festivals for strengthening relationships with communities
  • Signing of memorandums to open up facilities to the public during disasters
  • Participation in local events and celebrations
  • Lending of facilities, parking lots, etc.
  • Cooperation with regional safety patrol activities
  • Cooperation with regional environmental activities, including participation in regional cleanup efforts by employees
  • Participation in joint disaster drills led by municipalities
  • Donation of household goods, sweets, etc., gathered through charity bazaars and donation campaigns to local organizations
  • Donation of food from disaster stockpiles to food bank FUJINOKUNI
  • Donation of food from disaster stockpiles to food bank Saitama
  • Donation of food from disaster stockpiles to food bank OSAKA
  • Lending of instruments and holding of concerts
  • Note: Some activities were canceled in fiscal 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information exchange session at local neighborhood council meeting (Headquarters)
Corporate museum tour (Headquarters)
Summer festival (Tenryu Factory)
Donation of household goods and sweets to a local organization (Toyooka Factory)
Donation of food from disaster stockpiles to food bank FUJINOKUNI (Toyooka Factory)
Regional cleanup effort (Kakegawa Factory)
Concert at meeting for seniors (Kakegawa Factory)

Piano Factory Tours

At the Kakegawa Factory, a domestic piano manufacturing site, we open our doors to public visitors so that they can observe the process of making grand pianos and thereby experience the appeal of instruments and music. In factory tours, visitors see how we use modern techniques and some traditional, more than 100-year-old manufacturing processes. Visitors also pass through the adjacent showroom, where we display valuable instruments as well as instruments that visitors are invited to try out. In addition, visitors witness the environmental preservation initiatives woven into our product creation activities. We accommodate a plethora of visitors, including professional and amateur musicians and local elementary school students on field trips, while also opening our doors to general customers and organizations as part of our efforts to foster understanding with regard to product creation at the Yamaha Group. In fiscal 2021, we were forced to temporarily cancel tours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but tours have since been resumed with limits on the number of participants and other measures for preventing the spread of the virus in place.

Visitors observing the grand piano manufacturing process
Exhibition at the showroom

Public Opening of Corporate Museum

Opened in 2018, Innovation Road is a hands-on corporate museum displaying exhibitions on the history of the products and services of the Yamaha Group. This museum allows general visitors to learn about products and services from the Company's founding until today, their development process, and the Company's vision for the future via audio and visual exhibits. Since its opening, many people have visited Innovation Road, including organizations, business partners, and community members.

  • Note: Guided tours are currently not offered to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, audio guidance was introduced in fiscal 2021 to provide visitors with a better understanding of exhibits. Information regarding Innovation Road can be found on the following website.
Entrance of Innovation Road
Exhibition area (History Walk)

Contributions to Communities through Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi

Every year, Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., jointly host the Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi women's golf tournament at the Katsuragi Golf Club located in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In fiscal 2021, this event was held without spectators to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of athletes and other parties. Holding this major event was made possible by the support and understanding of volunteers, community members, and local governments. The burden placed on these supporters was even greater this year due to precautions needing to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Since the first tournament in 2008, Yamaha Corporation has given donations to local governments that have backed the tournament (Shizuoka prefectural government and five municipalities) as a token of our appreciation to community members for their cooperation and support of the event and as an expression of our desire to further strengthen these ties. These donations are to be used for regional revitalization and social welfare activities, such as maintaining sports facilities, buying vehicles for volunteer activities, and funding cultural and educational venues.

Portable hand sanitizer bottles and awareness-raising sign
Volunteer staff
Volunteer tent arranged with social distancing in mind