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Coastal Reforestation Effort at Kujukurihama Beach

Overview of Activities

During the Great East Japan Earthquake, the coast of Chiba Prefecture was also struck by the tsunami, which resulted in salt damage causing destruction to the coastal forests over a large area. As part of the disaster area restoration assistance activities, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities and Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities have participated since April 2012 in the coastal reforestation project led by a NPO, Laboratory of Earth Conscious Life, which works to restore the coastal forests (shelterbelts) at Kujukurihama Beach (Chiba Prefecture) that have suffered tsunami damage.

Activity Report

Sixth session

July 5, 2014

A total of 34 employees from both companies formed four mixed teams and removed weeds that were growing densely and thickly. Although the heat was not too bad on the day of work due to cloudy weather during a break in the rainy season, the participants worked up a good sweat as they enthusiastically weeded using sickles, which they were unaccustomed to using. Bonds were further strengthened among the participants from both companies through the physical work that was conducted together on that day.

Photos provided by the NPO Laboratory of Earth Conscious Life

Fifth session

April 12, 2014

The work site this time was a 0.4 hectare area located inland from the areas along the coast where we had planted trees up until the previous year. With the aim of creating more disaster-resistant coastal shelterbelts by widening the plantation belt, seedlings were planted one by one next to the markers. Thanks to the good weather on that day and the participants from other companies in addition to volunteers from both of the companies, a total of 130 participants planted approximately 4,000 seedlings of black pine and other kinds over a period of two hours. We hope that these seedlings grow quickly and healthily without succumbing to weeds and sand.

Fourth session

July 6, 2013

This session was held as a three-year anniversary project for the joint venture of MUFG and Morgan Stanley. Weeds, which threatened the growth of seedlings, were removed this time. The work site was demarcated by guard fences installed by Chiba Prefecture in order to prevent large volumes of sand from being blown into the site by the strong wind from the sea. Employees from both companies, divided into four mixed teams, cut down weeds that grew higher than the seedlings, getting covered with sand in the strong wind.

Third session

April 13, 2013

Dead seedlings were removed and replaced with 600 new black pine seedlings. Although Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities was not able to participate in this session, there were 24 participants from KOKUSAI Asset Management and MUS Business Service.
One of the participants commented that “I want to continue to participate in these activities in the future so that I can watch over the growth of these black pine trees over the long term.”

Second session

August 25, 2012

Weeding was conducted in the areas where trees were to be planted. While the first step toward making a forest is planting trees, trees cannot grow without any care because weeds can prevent seedlings from getting any sunshine or nutrients. It is necessary to conduct weeding every summer for the first five years or so following planting.
The weather was almost too perfect on the day work was conducted. Employees from both companies formed four mixed teams and worked up quite a sweat while weeding.

First session

April 14, 2012

Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities and Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities participated for the first time in the coastal reforestation project led by the NPO Laboratory of Earth Conscious Life. A total of approximately 60 employees from both companies participated in the first disaster area assistance activity conducted by both companies.
Coastal forests are forests (shelterbelts) that are specified by the Forest Act to fulfill roles including preventing blowing sand, defending against salt damage, and breaking the wind. For this tree planting activity, prepared were approximately 6,000 seedlings of three types (namely black pine, Japanese cheesewood, and Japanese spindle) that would grow well in the sandy soil and could be suitable for coastal forests in Chiba Prefecture. These seedlings were planted by a total of approximately 190 participants, including employees of both companies and general participants. The day of work was so rainy that rain capes were of no use. The participants from both companies formed small mixed teams and used hoes, which they were unfamiliar with, to diligently dig up sand and plant seedlings, shivering in the cold and becoming covered with mud.