Connection to 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 fostering socially acceptable values and conduct. We are working to have dialogue with the members of local communities so that we can assess our impact on them and pursue business with low environmental impacts.
At each of our 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 report and explain 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 ground water 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 makes efforts to have ongoing communication with communities that are home to business sites to maintain good relations with local areas.

Examples of exchange sessions with neighborhood councils (Yamaha Corporation)
Office Frequency Participants Details
Headquarters Annually 8 local neighborhood councils Business status update, soliciting requests/concerns, exchanging opinions
Kakegawa Factory Annually 7 local neighborhood councils Business status update, soliciting requests/concerns, exchanging opinions
Toyooka Factory Annually 3 local neighborhood councils Business status update, soliciting requests/concerns, exchanging opinions
Tenryu Factory Annually 12 local neighborhood councils Business status update, soliciting requests/concerns, exchanging opinions

Examples of the communication efforts conducted at business sites and factories in fiscal 2019

  • Holding regular information exchange sessions with neighborhood councils
  • Accepting factory tour visitors
  • Accepting local elementary school students for community study trips; accepting local middle and high school visitors for hands-on workplace experiences and tours
  • Holding summer festivals to strengthen relationships with communities
  • Signing of memorandums to open up facilities to the public during disasters
  • Participating in local events and celebrations
  • Lending of facilities, parking lots, etc.
  • Regional safety patrol activities
  • Cooperation with regional environment activities, including participation in regional cleanup efforts by employees
  • Participation in joint disaster drills led by municipalities
  • Donating books, household goods, sweets, etc. gathered through charity bazaars and donation campaigns for local elementary schools and groups
  • Donating food stockpiled for emergencies to Food Bank Fujinokuni
  • Lending instruments to local governments (concerts offered)
[ photo ] Information exchange sessions at local neighborhood council meetings (headquarters)
Information exchange sessions at local neighborhood council meetings (headquarters)
[ photo ] Summer festival (Tenryu)
Summer festival (Tenryu)
[ photo ] Regional cleanup effort (Toyooka)
Regional cleanup effort (Toyooka)
[ photo ] Donation ceremony for picture books and CD players to local kindergarten through charity bazaar (Toyooka)
Donation ceremony for picture books and CD players to local kindergarten through charity bazaar (Toyooka)
[ photo ] Charity concert co-hosted with labor-management (Kakegawa)
Charity concert co-hosted with labor-management (Kakegawa)
[ photo ] Concert at meeting for seniors (Kakegawa)
Concert at meeting for seniors (Kakegawa)

Tours of Grand Piano Manufacturing Process

At our Kakegawa factory, which is our domestic manufacturing site for grand pianos, we open our doors to public visitors so that they can see the process for making grand pianos and experience the appeal of instruments and music.
Visitors to the factory see how we use modern techniques and some traditional, more than 100-year-old manufacturing processes. They get to pass through the show room, where we display an early model grand piano that has been recognized as part of Japan's Heritage of Industrial Modernization, while also seeing our environmental protection initiatives that are part of our craftsmanship. A total of 11,316 people took the grand piano tour in fiscal 2019.

[ photo ]  Visitors observe a grand piano being made
Visitors observe a grand piano being made
[ photo ] An exhibition at the show room
An exhibition at the show room

Public opening of corporate museum

On the first floor of the Innovation Center, a new R&D hub built inside the headquarter grounds in 2018, the Group opened Innovation Road, a corporate museum displaying exhibitions on the history of the products and services of the Yamaha Group. This is a hands-on museum that 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 by using audio and visual exhibits. Since its opening, many people have visited Innovation Road, including organizations, business partners, and the general public. As of March 31, 2019, approximately 18,000 people have visited the museum.

[ photo ] Entrance of Innovation Road
Entrance of Innovation Road
[ photo ] Exhibition Area (History Walk)
Exhibition Area (History Walk)