- Activities of the Rohm Music Foundation and ROHM
- Decorating the Area around ROHM Head Office with Brilliant Illumination
- Certification for Biodiversity Conservation
- Japan Super Science Fair
- Collaboration for "SS Challenge" at Ritsumeikan High School
- Monozukuri (manufacturing) Lessons for Elementary School Students in Kyoto City
Activities of the Rohm Music Foundation and ROHM
ROHM conducts a variety of activities to support music culture with the aim of continuously contributing to the dissemination and development together with "Rohm Music Foundation", a public interest incorporated foundation, was established in 1991 by the founder(Kenichiro Sato).
Including fiscal year 2021, we have supported 507 scholarship students so far and regularly hold scholarship concerts for them.
We also hold the "Kyoto International Music Students Festival" to promote international exchange and foster young musicians, the "ROHM Music Seminar" to foster professional musicians who are active in the world, and support performances and research related to music.
Photo: Tatsuo Sasaki
The total number of visitors to concerts held or supported by ROHM and the Rohm Music Foundation in the 2019FY rose to more than 104,000 people.
ROHM Theatre Kyoto as the Production Base for the Education Project "Seiji Ozawa Music Academy"
We continue to support the "Seiji Ozawa Music Academy", a project to foster young musicians conducted by the world-famous conductor Seiji Ozawa. Young musicians from Asia selected in an audition receive guidance from musicians active on the world stage, including Seiji Ozawa, and perform with top singers, which is a program that has no equal.
Also, from 2015 we are continuing with the "Opera for Children" program which hopes to have children feel the wonder of music and become a trigger to interest them in music. Over 11,600 elementary school students from Kyoto have been invited to performances in ROHM Theatre Kyoto.
An Event Overflowing with Music "ROHM Music Festival"
In 2016, we started the "ROHM Music Festival", to be held at ROHM Theatre Kyoto .
In the festival, performances are held by members of the "Rohm Music Friends", who were supported by ROHM and the Rohm Music Foundation as the musician support activities and are currently active as professionals at home and abroad (4,650 persons as of August 2021), and by junior and senior high school students in Kansai area. During the festival, the whole area is filled with music and enjoyed by many people.
Decorating the Area around ROHM Head Office with Brilliant Illumination
For approximately one month from end of November to end of December , we decorate Kyoto head office with brilliant illuminations every year. The trees around the Head Office are lit up with 860,000 light bulbs, one of the largest illuminations in Kyoto City, bringing joy and delight, not only for community residents but recently to tourists from overseas also.
Moreover on weekends and public holidays,- exciting entertainments are held which can experience technology of ROHM products, sensors and wireless modules, LEDs and so on. Furthermore, in consideration of the environment, for this illumination, we apply electricity generated by natural energy, and adopted "Carbon Offset*".
*setting off the amount of CO₂ emitted from the illumination from the amount of reduction of CO₂ achieved by the action and ecological activities.
Through such activities, ROHM will continue to consider the environment and contribute to the creation of a community, where everyone smiling.
- ※In fiscal 2020, we didn't hold the illumination due to the COVID-19.
Certification for Biodiversity Conservation
ROHM's biodiversity-conscious environmental conservation activities around its headquarters were recognized. In January 2021, ROHM was certificated as the "Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community Certification" from ABINC*1, and in March 2021, certificated as the "Excellent stage 2" in the "Sodateru Green" category of the SEGES*2 green certification program operated by Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure. ABINC certification is an independent certification system that began in 2014 to evaluate and certify biodiversity-friendly efforts in the creation, management, and use of green spaces based on the Guidelines for Promoting Biodiversity in Business Facilities developed by the Japan Biodiversity Initiative (JBIB).
ABINC highly commended our activities for creating and maintaining a large green area in spite of city in the Kyoto city, which contributes to the improvement of biodiversity and the cityscape.
SEGES has commended our activities as a good example that the area around our headquarters has become an indispensable green space for the region as a result of our long-standing efforts to create biodiversity-friendly green spaces based on the concept of "factories in forests".
We ROHM Group recognizes that the natural blessings of the earth's biodiversity not only provide the resources and energy needed for our business activities, but also the various benefits. And to maintain the global environment in a better state, we will continue to actively engage activities aimed at harmonizing with the natural cycle.
Japan Super Science Fair
The Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF) is an initiative sponsored by Ritsumeikan High School, where science high school students from every country in the world interact on the subject of science in Kyoto, and ROHM has participated continuously since 2013.
In the "Science Talk", ROHM employees visited Ritsumeikan High School and gave a lecture, and after providing an explanation about the function of electrical parts and circuits they had the 30 students actually use an electrically conductive ink pen (Circuit Marker) and experience creating an electric circuit and light the chip LEDs.
Cooperating as a group to make various circuits, the expressions of the students were earnest yet brimming with smiles, and we were able to make them feel the enjoyment of Monozukuri (manufacturing).
From here on, through these kinds of activities, ROHM will continue to support those students aiming to become the next generation's engineers.
- ※In fiscal 2020, we didn't hold this fair due to the COVID-19.
Collaboration for "SS Challenge" at Ritsumeikan High School
Since fiscal 2020, ROHM has conducted online classes at Ritsumeikan High School.
Recently, it’s difficult to conduct classes such as face-to-face communication and experiment due to the COVID-19, however we agreed with the school's goals of "having students learn about the appeal of science and technology" and "providing opportunities for students to think and learn on their own", we collaborated in "SS Challenge", organized by Ritsumeikan High school, which is a project research institutes, universities, and companies offer classes as part of career education.
The theme of the class was "Let's change society with semiconductor technology!". In order for the students to learn more about ROHM's technology, engineers gave a lecture on sensor technology, one of ROHM's technologies, and introduced it through video demonstrations.
In the workshop after that, each group considered ideas to solve problems using various sensors with the theme of "Let's think about corona countermeasures using sensors!".
Through these educational support activities, we will meet the expectations of educational institutions, create the next generation of human resources, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
Monozukuri (manufacturing) Lessons for Elementary School Students in Kyoto City
At ROHM, we endorse the initiative of the Kyoto City Board of Education, and in order to increase children's interest in Monozukuri and provide them with an opportunity to think about their path to the future and their dreams, from the 2010FY we are holding a display of a booth using our company products and providing Monozukuri lessons at the "Kyoto Manabi-no Machi Ikikata Tankyu Museum".
In the lesson, through the creation of a circuit combining a resistor, which has been a product manufactured by ROHM ever since its establishment, and LEDs that shine in three colors, we were able to make the students think about the three primary colors and the energy saving result of the LEDs, as well as the enjoyment of Monozukuri and their own futures.
The children listened attentively to the teachers who had come from our company, with comment such as "That's how a circuit works", "All the different colors shining are beautiful", and they were absorbed in the LED circuits they themselves had created.
From here on, in order to provide an opportunity for many children to experience the enjoyment of Monozukuri and have them imagine their future jobs, we will continue to carry out Monozukuri lessons.