Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation Supports Elder

Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation Supports Elderly Care
Establishment in Fukushima 
Tokyo, Dec 10, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Somanosato, Inc. today hosts a ceremony
to mark the completion of its new home for senior citizens in Minamisoma City,
Fukushima Prefecture. The new home, along with the additional services it will
offer, was made possible through a 30 million yen contribution from the
Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation, an addition to support
already provided by Abukuma Shinkin Bank, a local credit union. The home is
scheduled to start offering its services on January 6, 2014. 
Located in the Haramachi district of Minamisoma, the new home occupies an area
of 706.16 square meter, including 20 sitting rooms for services to the elderly
along with a day care center set up on the same premises. The first
establishment of its kind complete with additional services for the elderly to
be set up in Minamisoma since the disasters of March 2011, the home is well
situated for easy access to medical institutions and aims to provide a stable
and comfortable environment for senior citizens. The new home will employ 12
staff, thereby also making a contribution to employment generation in the
In addition the contribution it will make to the generation of employment, the
Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation's support to Somanosato
is also grounded in the importance of the project for improving the welfare and
quality of life of senior citizens residing in Minamisoma. 
Homes for the elderly and similar care facilities were completely destroyed by
the disasters of March 2011. Since then, the number of senior citizens
requiring care services due to a number of stress factors, including lengthy
periods in evacuation shelters, has been increasing. At present, there is a
major lack of facilities to provide the requisite care for elderly persons in
Minamisoma. In the Haramachi district, for instance, for the over 300 elderly
persons needing such facilities and services, only 200 hundred are planned.
This evidently creates a serious social problem. 
Somasato was forced to close its day center facility as a result of damage
suffered during the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami, but moved
quickly to open temporary day service facilities in August 2008. Those services
will be sustained through the establishment of this new home, an effort which
has been made possible through the support provided by Abukuma Shinkin Bank in
collaboration with the Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation.
Somanosato also plans to complete a new small group home for people with
dementia, also in Minamisoma, in April 2014, further advancing its efforts to
contribute to the welfare of senior citizens in region. 
A thousand days have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, but coastal
areas that suffered immense damage from the ensuing tsunami are still
recovering from the disaster. The Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief
Foundation will continue to collaborate with local financial institutions such
as Abukuma Shinkin Bank, to support efforts aimed at employment creation and
economic recovery in areas affected by the disaster. 
About Mitsubishi Corporation 
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enterprise that develops and operates businesses across virtually every
industry including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals,
foods, and environmental business. MC's current activities are expanding
far beyond its traditional trading operations as its diverse business ranges
from natural resources development to investment in retail business,
infrastructure, financial products and manufacturing of industrial goods. With
over 200 bases of operations in approximately 80 countries worldwide and a
network of over 500 group companies, MC employs a multinational workforce of
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