Our team has extensive experience in various social activities and we actively use Takanawa’s strength and connections for the social good through voluntary work.

TAKANAWA supports study visits and scientific cooperation

In Iceland as well as Japan there is great interest in mutual studies and scientific cooperation between the two countries. For the past years Takanawa’s representative in Iceland Ms. Margrét S. Björnsdóttir, a senior lecturer at The University of Iceland, and Mr. Bolli Thoroddsen, owner, have both assisted a number of Japanese and Icelandic students and scientists, organizing visits and exploring studies in both countries

Takanawa supports peace activites

Takanawa initiated and organized the Hiroshima Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Memorial Exhibition, in Iceland from Aug. 9. – Oct. 29. 2012:

Please see the website of the exhibition here: www.HirosimaNagasaki.is

The exhibition came from the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb and was organized with the support of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Japan Embassy in Iceland, Iceland Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Hiroshima City, Nagasaki City and a number of local partners, one of them the former Presidents of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at The University of Iceland.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
At the opening ceremony: From left, mr. Inosuke Hayasaki a survivor of the atomic bombings in Nagasaki and his drawings, mr. Masanobu Chita director of The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, Iceland´s former President ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Ögmundur Jónasson Minister of the Interior, representing Iceland´s Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson.

11.200 guests visited and viewed the exhibition during the over 4 months opening period. Of that number approximately 1.900 students from all levels (elementary, secondary and university) visited the exhibition on specially organized study tours, with their teachers and afterwards worked on assignments related to the exhibition.

Visiting the exhibition: Students from a junior college Menntaskólinn í Kópavogi with their science teacher Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir, far left.

Connected to the exhibition was a visit by one of Japan’s leading flower artists Mrs. Yuki Ikenobo Headmaster Designate of Ikenobo in Kyoto, giving lectures and demonstrations on Ikebana-Ikenobo flower arrangements, their history and meaning in Japan’s culture.

Also one of the world’s leading scolars in fighting for the elimination of nuclear weapons, honorary professor and current chancellor of the Australian National University, Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND), Convenor of Asia Pacific Leadership Network on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) and former Foreign Minister of Australia Garret Evans, was invited to Iceland on the occasion. He visited the exhibition and gave a powerful open lecture on Why we should eliminate nuclear weapons.