Biodiversity

Participating in the Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership

Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. participates in the Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership, which is made up of economic organizations, businesses, NGOs, and local governments, and engages in activities to protect biodiversity.

Whereas our Second Medium-Term Environmental Targets focused on investigation, education, and awareness activities, under the Third Medium-Term Environmental Targets that went in place in fiscal 2015, we set for each business at least one pre-emptive pilot project for ecosystem preservation. Accordingly, we are undertaking specific biodiversity preservation activities.

Pre-Emptive Pilot Projects for Ecosystem Preservation

Company, Business Site Related Aichi Targets*
Details of Preservation
Wildlife Being Protected
Japan Radio Co., Ltd.
Target: Preservation of marine resources

Activities:

Gathering of basic data on the preservation of marine resources in Tokyo Bay collaborating with the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Wildlife being protected: Habitat survey of Whitespotted conger, conducted from a fisherman’s perspective
Boat fishing for Whitespotted conger, equipped with information-gathering equipment
Boat fishing for Whitespotted conger, equipped with information-gathering equipment
Nagano Japan Radio Co., Ltd.
Head Office & Factory
Target: Preservation of natural habitats

Activities:

Afforestation and preservation of a forest near business sites, the “Forest of Nagano Japan Radio” (Matsushiro-cho, Nagano, 0.4ha)
Wildlife being protected: Ecosystems or endemic species cultivated in Japanese larch forests (species to be protected not specified)
Afforestation and preservation activities
Afforestation and preservation activities
New Japan Radio Co., Ltd.
Head Office and Kawagoe Works

Japan Radio Glass Co., Ltd.
Head Office Plant
Target: Preservation of important ecosystems (hot spots and tidal flats, etc.)

Activities:

Preservation of the Shingashigawa River waterfront environment near business sites (Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture)
Wildlife being protected: Flora and fauna near the Shingashigawa River (species to be protected not specified)
Waterside environmental conservation activities
Waterside environmental conservation activities
Nisshinbo Brake Inc.
Tatebayashi Plant
Target: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Preservation activities at the Nakanonuma Nishinuma swamp in Ora-machi, Ora-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Wildlife being protected: Carassius auratus subsp.2 (Ministry of the Environment: Threatened category II), etc.
Extermination of alien species
Extermination of alien species
Nisshinbo Brake Inc.
Toyota Plant
Target: Preservation of natural habitats

Activities:

Setup and ongoing management of the Nishi Hirose-Maruneyama Biotope
Wildlife being protected: Ecosystem preservation related to protected species, including the Japanese giant flying squirrel, the great purple emperor, and the balloon flower
Maruneyama Biotope
Maruneyama Biotope
Nisshinbo Mechatronics Inc.
Miai Machinery Plant
Target: Preservation of important ecosystems (hot spots and tidal flats, etc.)

Activities:

Habitat creation for dragonfly varieties at the on-premises Masuda Park
Wildlife being protected: Dragonflies (anticipated arrival and breeding of the Asian Bluetail, the lessor emperor and other dragonflies)
Extermination of alien water lilies
Extermination of alien water lilies
Nisshinbo Holdings Inc.
R&D Center

Nisshinbo Chemical Inc.
Toke Plant
Target: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Surveys, protection and propagation of valuable species living in the surrounding forest (Onodai, Midori-ku, Chiba)
Wildlife being protected: Cephalanthera falcata (Thunb.) Blume (Ministry of the Environment: Threatened category II)
Cephalanthera falcata (Thunb.) Blume
Cephalanthera falcata (Thunb.) Blume
Nisshinbo Textile Inc.
Fujieda Plant
Target: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Preservation of water quality at a pond on the plant site
Wildlife being protected: Japanese rice fish (Ministry of the Environment: Threatened category II)
Pond for preserving Japanese rice fish
Pond for preserving Japanese rice fish
Nisshinbo Textile Inc. and two other companies
Tokushima Plant
Target: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Propagation of fish fry donated by Tokushima Prefecture in fire protection water tanks and release into the river several years later
Wildlife being protected: Golden venus chub (Tokushima Prefecture: Threatened category IA; Ministry of the Environment: Threatened category IB)
Golden venus chub
Golden venus chub

* Aichi Targets: Targets to be met by 2020, set at the 2010 meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Protection Activities for Rare and Endangered Species

Rare and endangered species such as Carassius auratus subsp.2 inhabit the Nakanonuma Nishinuma swamp near Nisshinbo Brake Inc.’s Tatebayashi Plant in Ora-machi, Ora-gun, Gunma. Ora-machi designated this swamp as a protected habitat and has been promoting conservation activities. The Tatebayashi Plant supports these activities and its employees participate in the extermination of alien fish species and are involved in patrolling the area around the swamp to prevent illegal fishing.

In August 2017, it was discovered that freshwater jellyfish, which has not been witnessed in recent years also inhabited the swamp. Craspedacusta sowerbyi are one of only two kinds of jellyfish in Japan that inhabit fresh water and are about one to two centimeters in diameter.

Craspedacusta sowerbyi
Craspedacusta sowerbyi

Wetland Environmental Conservation Activities

In December 2017, with the cooperation of Saga Prefecture, SAGA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. held environmental conservation activities in the Kashibaru Wetlands in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture. A total of 22 participated in the activities, including a guide from the prefecture, 16 employees from SAGA ELECTRONICS, and five volunteers. With guidance from an expert, they worked to restore natural vegetation and conducted conservation activities in rice paddies and other area environments.

Picking up fallen leaves
Picking up fallen leaves
Participants
Participants

Certification of the Former Site of the Mitaka Plant as a "Business in Harmony with Nature and Community"

Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. is redeveloping the former site of Japan Radio Co., Ltd.’s Mitaka Plant in Mitaka, Tokyo. Along with Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., the company is planning to build a large-scale apartment complex on a site area of 26,000 ㎡, with construction lasting until February 2021. Two Himalayan cedars have been standing on this site for many years, loved by local residents since the days of the Mitaka Plant. The two companies intend to place a comfortable courtyard at the foot of the two trees, which people will be able to use for events and markets.

In March 2018, the Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community designated this plan as a biodiversity conservation initiative and certified the complex as a "Business in Harmony with Nature and Community."

* The Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community (ABINC) certification: This is a third-party certification that uses the Guidelines for Sustainable Business Sites developed by the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB) as assessment criteria. This certification was developed to encourage coexistence between humans and nature through business activities.

Rendering of the apartment complex