Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund Chooses 24 Stage Two

Applicants for Solar Power Facilities Grants, Bringing Aggregate

Number of Recipient Public Schools to 35

TOKYO, November 27, 2012 - The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund is engaging in its Eco Support Project under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This initiative provides grants to purchase and install solar generating and storage facilities at public elementary and junior high schools in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures. It also helps educate students about the benefits of clean energy. The fund recently chose 24 schools as stage two* grant recipients under this program.

The Fund received applications from 27 schools in these prefectures, including 12 in Iwate Prefecture, 11 in Miyagi Prefecture, and 4 in Fukushima Prefecture. The Fund's selection committee chose the applicants in question after evaluating their operational and school environmental education plans.

The Fund will grant 1.5 billion yen from a total of 2.5 billion set aside for assistance to aid the reconstruction of public elementary and junior high schools damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake, which are purchasing and installing solar generating and storage facilities that can be used during disasters. The Fund aims to provide assistance to a total of 50 schools in three stages between September 1, 2011, and March 31, 2014. The Fund is paying a consumption tax inclusive grant of up to 30 million yen per school for solar facilities. They comprise an emergency solar generator with a maximum capacity of 20 kilowatts and storage batteries with an aggregate capacity of up to 16 kilowatts. The maximum tax-inclusive grant where solely installing generating facilities is 20 million yen. Stage one** of this program saw 11 schools receive grants and complete solar facilities installations by the end of September 2012. The 35 Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefecture elementary and junior high schools chosen under stage two will similarly install solar facilities.

As well as helping public elementary and junior high schools in disaster-hit areas install solar generating and storage facilities, the Fund will also assist with constructing public facilities, including educational facilities needed to help local children rebuild their lives.

Notes:
*   Stage two application period: September 1 through September 30, 2012
** Stage one application period: September 1 through September 30, 2011

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Students at the solar facilities completion ceremony of Shiroishi Daiichi Junior High School in Miyagi Prefecture, a stage one grant recipient

■Public elementary schools receiving stage two environmental education grants from the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund

  Prefecture Municipality School
1 Iwate Ichinoseki Senmaya Junior High School
2 Kuji Osanai Elementary School
3 Tono Tono Junior High School
4 Rikuzentakata Hirota Elementary School
5 Yonesaki Elementary School
6 Daiichi Junior High School
7 Kunohe, Kunohe District Kunohe Junior High School
8 Hirono, Kunohe District Syukuhe Junior High School
9 Kuzumaki, Iwate District Kuzumaki Elementary School
10 Iwaizumi, Shimohei District Omoto Junior High School
11 Otsuchi, Kamihei District Kirikiri Elementary School
12 Kirikiri Junior High School
13 Miyagi Shiroishi Oodaira Elementary School
14 Shiroishi Junior High School
15 Kesennuma Koharagi Elementary School
16 Mizunashi Elementary School
17 Tsukidate Elementary School
18 Hakusan Elementary School
19 Magome Elementary School
20 Osato, Kurokawa District Osato Elementary School
21 Fukushima Izumizaki, Nishishirakawa District Izumizakidaini Elementary School
22 Yugawa, Kawanuma District Yugawa Elementary School
23 Date Hobara Elementary School
24 Naraha, Futaba District Naraha Junior High School

■Board of Education Comments on Grant Decisions

Rikuzentakata Board of Education, Iwate Prefecture
Tsunami following the great East Japan earthquake completely destroyed four elementary and junior high schools in our city and significantly or partly damaged the rest. We began reconstruction last year at schools that were able to restart educational programs, but such work has yet to finish. We plan to integrate or newly construct schools completely destroyed in the disaster.

Assistance from the Coca-Cola Educational and Environmental Foundation is very meaningful because it makes it possible for three local elementary and junior high schools to install solar generating and storage facilities will also contribute to educating students about environmental and energy issues. Schools that play major roles as earthquake shelters will also be beneficial in providing emergency power supplies.

We will keep in close contact with schools receiving grants to ensure that they offer complete environmental education and will endeavor to complete their new facilities.

Finally, we would like to express a sincere gratitude for the grants.
Kesennuma Board of Education, Miyagi Prefecture
Kesennuma is located in the extreme northeast of Miyagi Prefecture. Its Rias coastline facing the Pacific Ocean features a natural harbor. The principle industries are coastal and deep sea fishing and marine products processing.

The tsunami and ensuing damage that struck the area following the great East Japan earthquake in March last year destroyed around 9,500 households and dealt a fatal blow to the city's fishing industry.

Right after the disaster, many schools served as primary evacuation centers. The key challenges were securing electricity to maintain those facilities and gather information following outages.

The city government therefore decided to seek assistance from the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund and other programs to reinforce the emergency capabilities of schools by planning and deploying solar generating facilities at all local schools. It also looks for these schools to use these facilities in providing practical environmental and disaster instruction, thereby encouraging the young to treasure nature and the environment and contribute to social sustainability.
Futaba Naraha-Machi Board of Education, Fukushima Prefecture
We are thrilled at the choices of schools to receive grants. The decision has raised the spirits of students as Iwaki, Naraha Junior High School, which has been operating in temporary facilities, as well as many elementary school students looking forward to learning in the new buildings and the residents of Naraha who evacuated to distant locations.

Junior high school reconstruction has become a powerfully positive symbol for the residents of Naraha, which has received a directive in preparation to lift evacuation orders for the entire areas. Assistance for installing solar generating facilities at Naraha Junior High School, which is in the center of the town, will naturally secure emergency power sources while serving as an educational tool for the young. We would like to reiterate our gratitude for what for us is a deeply meaningful decision to provide a grant.

Reference materials

■Public elementary schools receiving environmental education
grants from the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund

Prefecture Stage One Stage Two Total
  Elemen
tary
School
Junior
High
School
Elemen
tary
School
Junior
High
School
Elemen
tary
School
Junior
High
School
Iwate 2 2 4 8 6 10
Miyagi 2 0 7 1 9 1
Fukushima 3 2 2 2 5 4
Total 7 4 13 11 20 15

Public elementary schools receiving stage one environmental education
grants from the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund

  Prefecture Municipality School
1 Iwate Tanohata, Shimohei District Tanohata Elementary School
2 Tanohata Junior High School
3 Noda, Kunohe District Noda Elementary School
4 Noda Junior High School
5 Miyagi Higashi Matsushima Miyato Elementary School
6 Shiraishi Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School
7 Fukushima Otama, Adachi District Otama Junior High School
8 Shinchi, Soma District Fukuda Elementary School
9 Shinchi Elementary School
10 Komagamine Elementary School
11 Shouei Junior High School

■The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund

The Coca-Cola Company set up the fund within the Coca-Cola Education and Environmental Foundation on March 24, 2011, to assist areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The fund seeks to help rebuild lives by supporting the construction of public facilities, particularly those for educating children, in keeping with the philosophy of the Coca-Cola Educational and Environment Foundation. The fund determines its specific initiatives after liaising closely with relevant organizations in disaster area, reporting on its activities through its website. The Coca-Cola Company created the fund to augment the support efforts of the Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited, and 12 bottlers. They collectively donated money and the equivalent of more than seven million 500-milliliter PET bottles of beverages to assist victims. Total disaster support from the Coca-Cola Company exceeded \2.5 billion by September 30, 2012).

The following website details the activities of the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund: (http://www.cocacola.co.jp/info/donation/en_index.html

■The Coca-Cola Educational and Environmental Foundation

The Coca-Cola Educational and Environmental Foundation was established in June 2007 to integrate the activities of two predecessors. One was the Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Scholarship Foundation, which operated for 37 years. The other was the Coca-Cola Environmental Education Foundation, which served for 14 years. In keeping with its guiding principle of "Healthy Active Life," the foundation engages in diverse environmental, educational, and sports initiatives so young people can ultimately build a better world.