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At Sagawa Express, we are proactively engaged in “Town Support” to solve the challenges that each of our regions face every day. With partnership with local governments, we provide services that contribute to community development and municipal workload reduction, such as gift shipping support for the Hometown Tax Program, sales channel matching services for local specialties, and relief supply transportation in times of disaster.

Related SDGs

  • 3.Good health and well being
  • 7.Affordable and clean energy
  • 8.Decent work and economic growth
  • 11.Sustainable cities and communities
  • 13.Climate action

Town Support

Town Support provides assistance and services to solve community challenges through public-private partnerships.

Comprehensive Partnership Agreements

Comprehensive partnership agreements provide a framework for local governments and private companies to bring together their mutual strengths and resources to solve social issues facing regional communities. As of the end of September 2022, we have signed agreements with 22 prefectures and 38 cities.

Main Details of Agreements

  1. Local disaster prevention, collection, sorting, storage and transportation of relief supplies, etc. in the event of a disaster
  2. Promotion of tourism and communication of tourism information
  3. Promotion of the distribution and sale of local specialties
  4. Development of children and youth
  5. Support for the elderly and people with disabilities
  6. Matters related to environmental preservation
  7. Other local revitalization

Dates and Local Administrations (Japanese Only)

2022

September Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Atami City (, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Noshiro City (, Akita Prefecture)
Signed agreement on comprehensive partnership with Osaka City (, Osaka Prefecture)
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Sarufutsu Village, Soya District (, Hokkaido)
August Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Tainai City (, Niigata Prefecture)
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement on initiatives for regional revitalization with Minoh City (, Osaka Prefecture)
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for sustainable urban development with Myoko City (, Niigata Prefecture)
July Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Sanyo-Onoda City
Signed comprehensive agreement for regional revitalization and Promotion of SDGs with Noboribetsu City
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Onomichi City
Signed agreement comprehensive partnership and collaboration with Toyama Prefecture
June Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Matsuura City
May Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Kuki City
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Mogami Town
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Iwamizawa City
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Saroma Town
April Signed comprehensive agreement for regional revitalization with Tsubame City
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Ofunato City
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Abashiri City
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Sue Town
March Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Shibata Town
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Tomakomai City
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Aizuwakamatsu City
February Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Kanmaki Town
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Shinshiro City
January Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for the promotion of measures to achieve the SDGs with Yamagata City

2018

July Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Saga Prefecture
May Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Aichi Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Hokkaido Prefecture
March Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Hiroshima City
February Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Okayama Prefecture
January Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Tottori Prefecture

2017

December Signed comprehensive agreement for regional revitalization with Shizuoka City
October Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Mie Prefecture
September Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Ehime Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Kochi Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Oita Prefecture
August Signed comprehensive agreement for coordination and collaboration with Nagoya City
May Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Yamaguchi Prefecture
March Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Shimane Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Gunma Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Kumamoto Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Niigata City
February Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Miyazaki Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Kagoshima Prefecture

2016

October Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Okayama City
August Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Tochigi Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Yokohama City
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Osaka Prefecture
May Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional safety with Yao City (, Osaka Prefecture)
March Signed comprehensive partnership agreement with Yamanashi Prefecture
Signed comprehensive partnership agreement for regional revitalization with Kyoto Prefecture

2015

June Signed comprehensive regional revitalization coordination agreement centered on the hometown tax system with Hirado City
Regional protection agreements : 128 (As of September 2022)
Disaster relief agreements : 227 (As of September 2022)

Disaster Relief Agreements

We are engaged in a comprehensive range of activities through the disaster relief agreements we have signed with local administrations and governments. These include the promotion of community disaster preparedness; transportation and delivery of disaster relief goods; management and operation of cargo storage hubs; storage, receiving and shipping of cargo; and call center support.
Further, we have signed mutual cooperative agreements related to business continuity and disaster relief with infrastructure companies to ensure business continuity and contribute to the safety and security of citizens and companies in disaster-stricken areas.

Examples of Town Support Initiatives

Revitalization of Local Transportation Services

Contributing to Sustainable Urban Development

Maintenance of regional infrastructure (mixing freight and passengers)

At Sagawa Express, we are promoting mixed freight and passenger transport. Due to falling passenger demand caused by declining populations, falling birthrates, and aging communities, the continuation and maintenance of transport infrastructure, as well as worker availability, are becoming serious social challenges, particularly in depopulated regions. We are thus creating a model that combines two different types of transport to solve their respective issues—that is, mixing freight and passengers using surplus transport capacity.

Not only are we helping to protect the environment by cutting CO2 emissions through reduced truck-based transport, we are also helping to maintain transport infrastructure, such as buses and trains, which are fundamental to regional lifestyles.

Disaster Relief

Initiatives to Date

  • Airport Transport Service: Between the city center and Narita Airport (Limousine bus) ; March 2017 onwards
  • Hokuetsu Express: Between Muikamachi Station and Uragawara Station; April 2017 onwards (Demonstrations held between November 2016 and March 2017)
  • Two transit bus companies: Between Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, and Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture; September 2017 (Demonstrations)
  • Three transit bus companies: Inside Ehime Prefecture, Bus-pa service for hands-free sightseeing x Mixing freight and passengers; September 2017 onwards
  • Asahikawa Chuo Limousine Taxi: Pepan District, Asahikawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture, and around Higashi-Asahikawa Station; November 2017 onwards
  • Two transit bus companies: Between Funagawa, Funagawaminato, Oga City, Akita Prefecture, and Kitaurayumoto, Oga City
    Between Honjo City and Nikaho City; February to March 2018 (Demonstrations)
  • MK and JAL ABC: Between Kansai Airport and Kyoto City, Hands-free sightseeing x Mixing freight and passengers; June 2018 onwards
  • Yamashiro YASAKA Koutsu: Kasagi Town, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture; October 2018 onwards
  • HEY Taxi: Toma Town, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture; November 2018 onwards
  • Teshio Hire: Horonobe Town, Teshio District, Hokkaido Prefecture; December 2018 onwards
  • JR Hokkaido: Between Wakkanai Station and Horonobe Station on the Soya Line; April 2019 onwards (Demonstrations held between November 2018 and March 2019)
  • Matsuura Railway: Between Matsuura Station and Senryugataki Station; November 2019 onwards
  • Sonei Bus: Nishimera Village, Miyazaki Prefecture (jointly with other companies) ; March 2020 onwards
  • Choei Bus: Daisen Town, Tottori Prefecture; November 2020 onwards (Demonstrations)
  • JR Kyushu: Kyushu Shinkansen between Hakata Station and Kagoshima-Chuo Station; May 2021 onwards (Demonstrations held in February 2021)
  • JR Hokkaido: Hokkaido Shinkansen between Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station and Shin-Aomori Station; March 2021 onwards

Recovery Support for Disaster-stricken Regions

At Sagawa Express, we offer support to disaster-stricken areas in times of disaster, such as by transporting emergency relief goods and delivering goods to evacuation shelters in disaster areas.

Disaster Recovery Support in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Disaster Recovery Support in Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Following a request from Asakura City in Fukuoka Prefecture, which suffered huge damage from the Northern Kyushu floods in July 2017, we offered disaster recovery support for approximately three months between August 8 and October 31, 2017. Initially, city officials were in charge of managing and delivering relief goods to evacuation shelters, but there were various problems with organization of the relief goods, as well as the increasing burden on city officials.

To respond to these issues, SG Moving first transferred the relief goods from school gymnasiums, which had been functioning as hubs, to SG Holdings Group distribution warehouses. At these warehouses, Sagawa Global Logistics managed the relief goods by type in different locations, managing and operating the hubs to ensure smooth delivery, as well as taking charge of storage, ingoings, and outgoings. In addition, Sagawa Express SALES DRIVER® delivered the relief goods along predetermined routes, while SG Systems provided call center and other support services. In doing so, we created a system that allowed city officials to focus solely on their regular duties and disaster response. In having each Group company work in tandem, we were able to find comprehensive, integrated solutions in line with the needs of the disaster-stricken municipality and facilitate smooth recovery support.

Tourism Promotion

Hands-free Sightseeing Service

As one part of the comprehensive agreements we have signed with local administrations, we are promoting a hands-free sightseeing service. Through this service, we look after tourists’ baggage, sending it to their next hotel destination to allow them to enjoy hands-free sightseeing. As the number of foreign visitors to Japan continues to increase, we will encourage increased domestic travel through hands-free sightseeing, and in turn promote tourism and revitalize regions across Japan.

Agriculture and Fisheries Support

Expanding Regional Produce Sales Channels

Working with Nousouken Corporation, in 2017 we began initiatives to support the expansion of sales channels for producer-direct regional produce, and commenced full-scale operations in January 2019. Through this initiative, regional produce is sold to consumers in urban areas through Nousouken's agricultural produce distribution platform, and our Nagano Sales Office is used as a collection hub for the produce. This approach ensures that the high-quality produce created with great care by producers is delivered to consumers in urban areas while retaining its freshness. The system also helps producers generate stable income. Moving forward, our plan is to examine the further expansion of these hubs.

Other Initiatives

Sponsoring the Kyoto Marathon

In support of the Kyoto Marathon's concept,"DO YOU KYOTO?",Sagawa Express is sponsoring the event with the aim of contributing to the regional revitalization of Kyoto Prefecture, where the company was founded.

KYOTO MARATHON2024 logo

Soccer Academy

Sagawa Express has sponsored SAGAWA SHIGA FOOTBALL ACADEMY since 2007 to promote the sound development of local children through the sport. This soccer school for elementary and junior high school students has taught a total of more than 2,800 students as of the end of fiscal year 2022. The academy also organizes visiting soccer classes for kindergarten children, mainly in Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture.

Future Innovation Forum

Sagawa Express is a supporter of work experience events for children organized and run by the Future Innovation Forum (FIF) since 2007.As part of career education, these events are designed to give children the opportunity to think about how society works and what it means to work.
In 2022, we invited children to our next-generation large-scale logistics center "X FRONTIER®" to allow them to actually see frontline logistics operations. Children were given a tour of the center, where they saw the automatic sorting and conveying machines installed at the Sagawa Express relay centers and rode in a delivery truck. These experiences not only provide an opportunity for children to learn about a parcel delivery system and various tasks undertaken by frontline logistics workers, but also to think about their own future careers.

  • X FRONTIER® is a registered trademark of SG Holdings Co., Ltd.

Scenes from the work experience event "Frontline of Logistics"

Tokyo Great Santa Run

This charity is held in various countries around the world to bring smiles to hospitalized children.Every year, those who support the purpose of this event participate in Santa Claus or other Christmas-inspired costumes to express their heartfelt thoughts and feelings.The participation fee will be used to deliver Christmas gifts for children battling illness.
Sagawa Express is sponsoring this charity as it coincides with our philosophy: "Delivering our customers' 'packages' with great care is delivering the very 'thoughts and feelings' entrusted to the packages."

All-Japan Lifetime Baseball Tournament

This tournament has been held since 1986 for people of ages from their 30s to 70s to enjoy playing baseball.
Under the three slogans of "Lifelong Active Life," "Lifelong Baseball Friendship," and "Lifelong Health," this event encourages people to enjoy a long and healthy life while continuing to play baseball.
Sagawa Express is sponsoring this event in support of its objectives to encourage team play, healthy aging, and continued physical activity.

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