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Harmony with Communities
— Contributing to Promotion of Sports

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To promote sports, the Daikin Group sponsors local sports teams and sporting competitions. A major example is Daikin’s sponsorship for almost 30 years of the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament, the opening event of the Japan Ladies' Pro Golf Tour.

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Efforts in Japan

With the aim of deepening relations between Okinawa and mainland Japan, every spring we sponsor the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament, the opening event of the Japan Ladies' Pro Golf Tour.

Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament
Daikin Hosts the "Ever Onward With Okinawa" Tournament with the Vision of Boldly Taking on the Future, Together With Okinawa

A number of participants in the amateur tournament have gone on to take part in the pro tourA number of participants in the amateur tournament have gone on to take part in the pro tour

In order to expand the circle of interaction among people through sports, Daikin Industries, Ltd. sponsors the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament, a pro event. Our hope is that our promotion of sports will contribute to the advancement of life in Okinawa.

The Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament was inaugurated in 1988 as the opening round of the Japan Ladies' Pro Golf Tour. As its sponsor, Daikin contributed the slogan "Ever Onward With Okinawa," indicating our desire to join with Okinawa in boldly addressing the challenges of the future.

Local Amateur Golfers Invited to Participate in Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament

Teresa Lu was the winner of the tournament's 29th editionTeresa Lu was the winner of the tournament's 29th edition

The Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament was created to help develop and revitalize the Okinawa golf scene. It has been an open tournament since 1997, giving Okinawa's amateur golfers the chance to compete with top professional players.

Those aspiring to play in the tournament proper must first qualify in the Daikin Orchid Ladies' Amateur Golf Championship, which has been the proving ground for many professional female golfers active today such as Ai Miyazato, Shinobu Moromizato (Daikin Industries, Ltd.'s pro), and Mika Miyazato. In preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics, when golf will be reinstated as an official Olympic sport, participation in this tournament has been increased from four to five players. This gives amateurs the chance to experience the intense competition of professional golf and thus better prepare to carry the flag for Japan in the next Olympics.

Bridging Okinawa and the Mainland

The pro and amateur tournaments and the pre-tournament festival enable representatives of local and mainland businesses to interact in an informal setting and gain a better understanding of each other's perspectives. This has led to the emergence of the Okinawa Konwakai, an organization created to consider future development in Okinawa. The association, whose members include the presidents of major corporations and other experienced business personalities, organizes a variety of vibrant activities that include forums and presentations on how to promote and develop Okinawa.

Discussions at the Okinawa Konwakai gave rise to a commerce conference held in Okinawa in 2014. By making Okinawa a hub of international distribution, it can contribute to new foreign sales channels for specialty products from all over Japan.

Local Volunteers Contribute to a Successful Tournament

Local volunteers from the city of Nanjo can be counted on to provide their invaluable time and labor to help run the tournament. The volunteer program was launched in 1997, and in fiscal 2015, a cumulative total of 567 volunteers took part in making the event a success. In appreciation of their efforts, Daikin donates books to the local Tamashiro Junior High School every year.

The Orchid Bounty Foundation Supports the Culture and Sports of Okinawa

The Orchid Bounty donation ceremonyThe Orchid Bounty donation ceremony

All competitors in the professional and amateur tournaments provide their assistance by raising money through the "Orchid Bounty" fundraiser. These funds, augmented by donations from the sponsors, are used to aid the development of Okinawa prefecture, the tournament venue. Specifically, funding is provided to public organizations and individuals promoting artistic, cultural, sporting, and educational activities.

In 2016, Orchid Bounty donated ¥5.7 million to a total of 11 organizations and individuals, bringing the total contributions since 1995 to ¥129.6 million.

Local Junior High School Students Invited to Watch Tournament

Every year, many of the students from the local Tamashiro Junior High School are invited to watch the tournament. This gives the students a valuable opportunity to learn about and experience the joy of golf. In fiscal 2015, about 125 grade seven students were invited.

Not only do the students get to see the women's pro golfers battle it out on the course, they also get a comprehensive look behind the scenes of the tournament as they observe the work of groups like the greens-keepers, mass media, and tournament organizers.

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Efforts Overseas

Daikin Industries Czech Republic s.r.o. supports the publishing of books on the Pilsen hockey teamDaikin Industries Czech Republic s.r.o. supports the publishing of books on the Pilsen hockey team

Daikin Industries Czech Republic s.r.o. supports the Pilsen hockey team through efforts including aiding in the publishing of team-related books, and buying game tickets to distribute to employees. It also sponsored the 7th Pilsen Half Marathon.

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