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Highlight 2 To Be a Company Needed by Communities with Active Local Communication

Since 2013, the Tatsuno Office of the Shingu Plant has been cooperating with an NPO called "Tatsuno Akatombo-wo-fuyasou-kai" that is working to increase the red dragonfly population.
Lintec is activating local communication through its activity to restore the landscape of Tatsuno, the birthplace of the famous children's song "Akatombo" (red dragonfly).

Rice Planting with Local Children in Red Dragonfly-Friendly Paddies

It used to be the case that red dragonflies were commonly observed in Tatsuno during the migration season. A local poet even wrote a famous children's song about it. Recently, however, it has become difficult to spot this once-familiar creature in the area, which for years has been subject to environmental changes.

NPO Tatsuno Akatombo-wo-fuyasou-kai carries out various projects throughout the year, including breeding of dragonfly larvae, adult surveys involving marking, and rice cultivation in rice paddies free of pesticides that affect red dragonflies. Every May, the NPO invites local children to join the rice planting. In fiscal 2017, a record-high number of 60 children participated in the event.

Lintec staff planting seedlings with children

Lintec staff planting seedlings with children

Children watching dragonfly nymphs being released

Children watching dragonfly nymphs being released

Akiakane dragonfly

Akiakane dragonfly

Major annual activities of Tatsuno Society for Bringing Back Red Dragonflies
April Lab cultivation of dragonfly nymphs
May Rice planning; releasing dragonfly eggs and nymphs
Jun Harvesting grown nymphs
July Municipal pest and disease survey for rice paddies
August Dragonfly observation
September Rice harvest and threshing
October Tatsuno Akatombo brand rice placed on the market
November Rice-harvesting festival
February Debriefing meeting; seminars

On the day of the event, Lintec staff not only planted rice but also worked hard as operation staff, distributing seedlings and moving a line along which seedlings were planted to keep them aligned. After planting the seedlings, participants installed cages for dragonfly larvae and released red dragonfly eggs. Children listened to a talk on the life cycle of the red dragonfly as they gazed into the cages.

Lintec employees offering gifts to local participants

Lintec employees offering gifts to local participants

Children showing frogs they have caught

Children showing frogs they have caught

Local residents participated in rice planting

Local residents participated in rice planting

Year-round support activities not only provide learning opportunities to children, who will one day shape society, but help with biodiversity conservation, protecting native living organisms. We will continue local communication to remain a companytrusted and needed by local communities.

Number emerged from pupas in the Red Dragonfly-Friendly Paddies(population)
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
No. emerged 3 24 419 39 68
No. of cages* 2 8 4 10 17
  • *No. of cages reflects the number of cages in which dragonflies emerged from pupas,among the total number of cages installed in the paddies

Comments from Lintec Employeess

Tetsuo Shioya

Tetsuo Shioya
Production Department, Tatsuno Office, Shingu Plant

I first joined the activity when I was a manager in charge of environmental management. I am not in that position any longer but I am still participating in the activity because I was impressed by the serious commitment shown by the people at the NPO.

Kenji Nagasawa

Kenji Nagasawa
Engineering Section, Tatsuno Office, Shingu Plant

I am participating in the activity as I have come to appreciate the pleasure of working in nature with local people. I think our activity provides a good opportunity for them to become interested in Lintec.

Kanji Omoto

Kanji Omoto
Secretary to General Director
Shingu Plant, Tatsuno Office

Many local children participate in the ecological survey and farm work programs. In this respect, the project offers a valuable opportunity for learning about the environment. I will continue supporting this important project into the future.

Shoji Kuroda

Shoji Kuroda
Administration Dept.
Shingu Plant, Tatsuno Office

It's been three years since I joined the NPO. Ecosystem improvement efforts take a long time to produce effects. I will continue engaging in the activities with the hope of seeing a cloud of red dragonflies appearing in Tatsuno.

Shogo Tomeda

Shogo Tomeda
Production Administration Dept.
Shingu Plant, Tatsuno Office

Tatsuno, where our plant is located, is the birthplace of the children's song about red dragonflies. I joined the project wishing to help with efforts to bring this beloved creature back to the region.

Masafumi Koide

Masafumi Koide
Secretary to General Director
Shingu Plant, Tatsuno Office

I participated in the project for the first time this year. As I understand it, the project to restore this endangered local symbol plays a significant role in revitalizing the local community.

Comment from the NPO

We are thankful for the support from the Lintec people, and proud of Lintec as a company that is supporting Tatsuno. We hope Lintec will continue its activity, thereby nurturing the love its employees feel for the community.

Seigo Maeda
Representative, NPO Tatsuno Akatombo-wo-fuyasou-kai

Seigo Maeda