Rotary International District 5580 - to - Rotary International District 2760


Share our Excitement & Join our Journey

Welcome to the travel blog of Rotary District 5580's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team which will embark on an exciting five week goodwill / vocational exchange to Nagoya, Japan in November, 2009.

Here, our hybrid American-Canadian team of enthusiastic and adventurous young professionals, along with our lovely, talented and fearless team leader, will share cultural experiences and engage in unique vocational learning opportunities.

If you have come to this site, you are likely: a Rotarian, family member, friend or colleague of one of the team members, or... are just plain blog-curious. Either way, we encourage you to check our site often to learn about us, follow our progress as a team and of course, keep in touch as we explore Japan.

We thank Rotary in advance for the adventure of a life time and to all readers, we invite you to share our excitement and join our journey.


GSE Team Japan 2009








GSEチーム ジャパン 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nihonshikogyo Co. Ltd (by Julie)

We were treated to a vocational site visit today at Nihonshikogyo Co. Ltd. the company of "Hide", one of District 2760's GSE Committee members.
The company, considered small in Hide's eyes but large in ours (it employs 300 people and consists of three facilities) produces customized corrugated boards for many different types of products. One of the companies main clients is Panasonic but there are many, many others.

In addition to touring the plant's extremely large machinery that produces, prints and cuts the boards, we visited the R and D office, which designs very unique products (i.e. we sat on cardboard chairs), the recycling area (which bundles scrap materials for sale) and the shipping department. Particularly interesting to us about this successful company is that it has been in Hide's family for four generations (which, we found out is quite common in Japan). Thank you Hide for such a great visit and for the laughs that came with it.

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