Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 9201.T)(herein "JAL") and KYOCERA
Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971)(herein "KYOCERA") announced today
that they will jointly support the "TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013" program
taking place in March 2013 as part of the larger TOMODACHI
In 2011, a humanitarian relief mission, called "Operation Tomodachi,"
(the word tomodachi means friend in Japanese) was launched by the
U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces immediately after the Great
East Japan Earthquake to provide assistance and encouragement to the
disaster victims. U.S. forces also made tremendous contributions to the
restoration of Sendai Airport, which was devastated by the tsunami. The
TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership led by the U.S.
Embassy in Japan and the U.S.-Japan Council to invest in the next
generation in both countries and to strengthen the U.S.-Japan
friendship, based on the same spirit of cooperation and friendship as
As numerous residents of the tsunami-ravaged city of Kesennuma (Miyagi
Pref.) have conveyed their feelings of deep gratitude toward the U.S.
Marines and Navy personnel who participated in "Operation Tomodachi," in
order to help the young people of Kesennuma realize their wish to
personally thank U.S. service personnel and to support their own
individual growth, JAL and KYOCERA will jointly support the "TOMODACHI
in San Diego 2013" program, which will transport students from Kesennuma
to San Diego, home to numerous U.S. Marine and Navy bases.
Through the program, JAL and KYOCERA also seek to provide participants
with an exciting educational and cultural exchange in San Diego, a city
with which both companies have close ties: JAL inaugurated the first
direct flight to San Diego from Asia with its Boeing 787 on December 2,
2012; and KYOCERA opened the U.S. production plant of KYOCERA
International Inc. there in 1971.
An outline of the program follows:
"TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013"
7 students of Kesennuma City (to be selected through a screening
Transportation between Kesennuma and Narita Airport, airfare, and
local transportation and room and board throughout the program
will be covered by the organizers
4. Program schedule (tentative):
Japan Airlines (JAL) (TOKYO: 9201.T) (http://www.jal.co.jp/en/)
was established in 1951, and is today a member of the oneworld® airline
alliance with an international network reaching more than 221 airports
in 40 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners.
Domestically, JAL covers over 50 airports throughout Japan and operates
a fleet of 215 aircraft including the revolutionary Boeing 787
Dreamliner, Boeing 737s, 767s, 777s, Embraer 170 and other regional
jets. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) has reached over 25 million members
worldwide today and is Japan's biggest frequent flyer program. Awarded
the most punctual major global airline in 2009 and 2010, JAL is
committed to continue providing customers the highest levels of flight
safety and supreme quality in every aspect of its service.
Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/),
the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in
1959 as a producer of fine
ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these
engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with
other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power
generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers,
electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and
industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's
net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The
company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000"
listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
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