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Hitachi’s six foundations worldwide operate in a wide range of areas, including supporting family education, promoting science and technology research, inviting Southeast Asian university faculty members to Japan, helping with environmental conservation, supporting the sound development of young people, and promoting good corporate citizenship in the United States.
In January 2012, the Odaira Memorial Hitachi Education Foundation held the Household Education Symposium in Hitachi at the Hitachi Education Hall in conjunction with the Hitachi City Board of Education. The symposium is usually held every fall in Tokyo. However, because of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the event was held in Hitachi City, one of the affected districts, on the theme of “Small children, big lives: Helping children learn from the experience of a major disaster.”Around 120 attended, including parents and others involved in childcare and child education.
The symposium impressed one participant about the importance of the links between communities and government as well as communication across the whole community. Another person observed that even though human relations could sometimes be difficult, it would be good if parents and children could “grow up together” as a part of a community.