To promote sports, Daikin sponsors local sports teams and sporting competitions.
For over 30 years, Daikin Industries, Ltd. has been sponsoring the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament, the opening event of the Japan Ladies' Pro Golf Tour (hereinafter, "Daikin Orchid").
The Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament was inaugurated in 1988 as the opening round of the Japan Ladies' Pro Golf Tour. The slogan "Ever Onward with Okinawa," indicates our desire to join with Okinawa in continuously addressing the challenges of the future and work closely with local communities through interactions between business leaders in Okinawa and the rest of Japan.
This fiscal year we decided to cancel the tournament after careful consideration given to fully cooperating with the government's request to voluntarily cancel or reduce the scale of large sporting and cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic based on the government's commitment to stop the spread of the virus as a national issue.
The "Daikin Orchid Ladies Amateur Golf Championship (hereinafter, "the amateur tournament")" is held as part of Daikin Orchid based on a desire to contribute even just a little to the development and revitalization of the Okinawa golf world.
The amateur tournament qualifies amateur lady golfers from Okinawa or reside in Okinawa, with a total of 4,500 players participating so far. From this competition, 18 players such as Ai Miyazato, and Mamiko Higa, as well as Shinobu Moromizato and Hina Arakaki (both pro golfers affiliated with Daikin Industries, Ltd.) have become professional golfers.
The pro and amateur tournaments and the pre-tournament festival enable representatives of Okinawan 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 in 1990. The association, whose members include business owners from Okinawa and the mainland, organizes a variety of vibrant activities that include forums and presentations on how to further promote and develop Okinawa.
In addition to attracting the Okinawa Summit to be held locally in 2000, discussions at the Okinawa Konwakai gave rise to a commerce conference held in Okinawa in 2014. By making Naha Airport a hub of international distribution, it is anticipated to contribute to new foreign sales channels for specialty products from all over Japan.
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 a cumulative total of 560 volunteers took part in making the event a success.
All competitors provide their assistance by raising money. 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 March 2020, Orchid Bounty donated ¥8.8 million to a total of 12 organizations and individuals, bringing the contributions since 1995 to ¥158.9 million and total recipients of 235.
Every year, many of the students from the local Tamagusuku 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.
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.
Daikin also supports sports overseas.
For example, 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 Pilsen Half Marathon, and in fiscal 2019 donated air conditioners to the professional football club FC Viktoria Plzeň.
Daikin Industries Czech Republic s.r.o. supports the publishing of books on the Pilsen hockey team
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