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Ceremony in Sony Building Celebrates Departure of Mobile Libraries to South Africa

December 1, 2010

On December 1, the NPO SAPESI-Japan held a "Ceremony Celebrating the Departure of Twelve Mobile Libraries Leaving Japan for South Africa" in the Communication Zone Opus, at the 8th floor of the Sony Building, in Ginza, Tokyo.
In seven countries and regions of the World, Sony has been supporting the collection of books in English or local languages by its employees and customers to equip these mobile libraries.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Mr. Tadashi Hasunuma, Managing Director of SAPESI-Japan, offered greetings from the organizer, expressing his recognition to the persons involved with or sponsoring the project, who made it possible to donate a total of twelve mobile libraries this year, in continuation of last year's achievements. His Excellency Gert J. Grobler, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa in Japan, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to hold a ceremony attended by a delegation of seven members of the South African Parliament on visit to Japan. He also expressed his satisfaction to see the relations between Japan and South Africa growing stronger in 2010, a year which has marked the hundredth anniversary of exchanges between Japan and South Africa.
Representing Sony, one of the companies supporting the project, Shiro Kambe, SVP in charge of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, took the rostrum. He commented that 2010 has been a special year for Sony, which has supported the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa for the first time as an official FIFA partner. He also indicated that through book collection and volunteer activities carried out by Sony, the cooperation with SAPESI begun in 2008 has already helped donate approximately 30,000 books.
Donated by local governments throughout Japan-including Nagano and Okayama Prefectures-the twelve mobile libraries had been popular with Japanese children for a very long time. They are now going to live a second life in South Africa. After shipping by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., which supports the activities of the project, the libraries should arrive in South Africa by next January or February.
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