Tokyo, December 26, 2011
Support Continues for the International Cultural Exchange Program
UPS Japan announced that it will continue its support of the International Intercultural Mural Exchange (IIME) project organized by non-profit organization, Japan Art Mile (JAM). IIME is an educational project that connects schools in Japan and overseas through art. By collaboratively painting a five-by-twelve foot mural, children deepen their understanding of different cultures and of each other. UPS will deliver half-completed murals from Japan to schools in eight countries: Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE, UK, and USA.
JAM started IIME in 2006 with an aim to foster the next generation with a global view and thinking skills. The project is now supported by the Ministries of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, and is praised as an effective tool for the education of international understanding of diverse values.
UPS provided transportation support for 2010 IIME, and also delivered murals created by children in the US with messages of support to children in the area affected by the disaster in East Japan.
"We are very glad that UPS decided to continue with logistics support. It will be a great relief to participating schools to not have to worry about shipping expertise and costs. We hope that children in Japan and around the rest of the world develop a deeper understanding of each other through this project," said Ms. Atsuko Shiwaku, the head of JAM.
Masato Umeno, president of UPS Japan, said, "As a global company, UPS is honored to provide support to a project like IIME that promotes international exchange among young generations."