Supporting Local Community Development

Basic Philosophy

KIOXIA Group regards coexistence with local communities as our responsibility as a “good corporate citizen.” Aiming to contribute to a better society through “memory” technology, while engaging in dialogue with local communities, governments and public bodies and NPOs/NGOs, we leverage our technologies, products, services, the expertise of our employees, and other means to address community issues. We especially focus on energizing the local communities in which we are conducting business, and fostering human resources of the future in the field of science and engineering.

Implementation Structure

At KIOXIA Group, the Human Resources and Administration Division oversees community engagement activities for each of our business units. We actively partner with local communities and conduct community engagement activities in each location where we operate. We also promote employee’s participation in social activities.

Promotion of Local Recruitment and Local Businesses

KIOXIA Group engages in activities deeply rooted in the local communities in order to help vitalize them; including recruiting employees locally and conducting business with local companies. 

Volunteer Leave System

KIOXIA Group has introduced a volunteer leave system to help employees to volunteer to take part in community engagement activities. Employees can apply to use accumulated unused leave (paid leave of up to 20 days that went unused within the valid period) to acquire volunteer leave.

Main Activities (FY 2019)

Contributing to fostering the Scientists and Engineers of the Future

KIOXIA Group provides opportunities for various types of experiences in order to raise interest in science, engineering and manufacturing aiming to contribute to the development of human resources with a strong scientific and engineering background, as well as the potential to become leaders of the future. In FY 2019, we provided science lectures and workshops in various communities, in which approximately 2,000 people, mainly students from elementary school through to university, took part.

Participating in the Yokkaichi Science Seminar for Children

KIOXIA took part in the Yokkaichi Science Seminar for Children held at the Yokkaichi City Cultural Center in August 2019.

In the seminar entitled "First-Hand Science—Yokkaichi, a City of Monozukuri (the art, science and craft of making things)," we offered a presentation called "What is Memory?" for roughly 120 visitors. As well as introducing the Yokkaichi Plant and semiconductor memories, we held a quiz about human memory. The excitement mounted as children enthusiastically answered the quiz questions. Among the attractions, the try-on of a cleanroom suit was especially popular. Children enjoyed this one-of-a-kind experience.

A scene from the Yokkaichi Science Seminar for Children.

Please click the link for more information about community engagement activities in the Yokkaichi Plant area.

Participation and Career Counseling in the Summer School for Girls in Junior and Senior High Schools

As part of our efforts to promote women’s active participation in the workplace, since 2018, KIOXIA has been taking part in the Summer School for Girls in Junior and Senior High Schools program (the Natsugaku)*, one of Japan’s largest events motivating their science and engineering careers. Under the concept of “The World is Filled with Memory,” we gave a presentation about how flash memory is used in a variety of ways in our daily lives and its structure. Participants rated the session highly, with the comments about it including: “Memory is amazing! Fun!” and “I’d like you to teach me more about how flash memory works.”

In addition, we also set up a booth where junior and senior high school students could discuss their careers with woman engineers whom students rarely get the chance to meet. Having listened to worries and concerns about choosing a career in science from a large number of girls students, our woman engineers gave them advice based on their actual experiences. We will continue to provide opportunities for students to experience the enjoyment science, engineering and manufacturing to support the development of the scientists and engineers of the future.

An engineer providing a high school student with counseling for career development.

*Summer School for Girls in Junior and Senior High Schools (the Natsugaku) is an event that motivates girls in junior high and high school to pursue science and engineering career. It is run by the executive committee of Summer School for Girls in Junior and Senior High Schools (FY2018) , the NPO STEM Career Path Project for Girls (GSTEM-CPP, FY2019), and the National Women’s Education Center (NWEC, From FY2018).

Academic Collaboration

KIOXIA proactively promotes personnel exchange through open innovations such as joint efforts between industry and academia with the aim of contributing to the academic development of science and engineering, as well as fostering young scientists.

In 2019 we realized collaboration with 17 universities nationwide, including comprehensive tie-ups with Waseda University and the University of Electro-Communications, as well as the research grant invited from the public, expanding our areas of coverage from semiconductors to information system, environment and medical care.

Going forward, while we will continue to expand our collaboration in Japan, we will also expand the collaboration to overseas, starting with the ongoing joint research with the Synthetic Neurobiology group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. 

 

Personnel Exchange for Cutting-Edge Technological Development of Memory and Fostering Young Scientists

Collaborative Activities Agreement with Waseda University

We concluded a collaborative activities agreement with the Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering aiming at promoting cutting-edge research and development into the memory technologies needed to necessary to support an advanced information society, as well as to foster young scientists. As a result we have created joint research themes which can lead to innovative core technologies through feasibility studies and research, as well as fostered young scientists by providing research grants and incentives.

A scene from the signing ceremony for the collaborative activities agreement.

From the left: Dr. Atushi Ishiyama, Senior Executive Vice President for Research at Waseda University and Dr. Nobuo Hayasaka, Chief Technology Officer of KIOXIA Corporation (titles as of the time of the ceremony).

Collaborative Agreement with The University of Electro-Communications

Aiming to accelerate open innovation in fields including AI, we concluded a collaborative agreement with the University of Electro-Communications in 2019. The collaboration extends across a wide array of fields including “image processing, production control and behavioral analysis technologies,” “next-generation information and communication technologies” and “nanotechnology” with the view to promote research and development on AI-based production technology and promote semiconductor memory, as well as foster young scientists through personnel exchange.

A scene from the signing ceremony for the collaborative agreement

From the left: Dr. Nobuo Hayasaka, Executive Vice President of KIOXIA Corporation and Dr. Takashi Fukuda, President of The University of Electro-Communications (titles as of the time of the ceremony)

KIOXIA Research Grants

Since 2018, KIOXIA has run KIOXIA Research Grants, a research grant and incentive program invited from public, aiming at contributing to the further academic development of science and engineering fields. Grants were given in respect of 22 research themes in FY 2019, not limited to semiconductor technology, but also including domains such as AI and information processing. Three research initiatives were recognized with KIOXIA Research Grant Program award for having generated particularly outstanding results. 

Introducing the sustainability activities of the KIOXIA Group which contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

KIOXIA Group will continue to develop a sustainable society by contributing to the SDGs through its business.