Daimler Hands Over 50 Fuso and Mercedes-Benz
Trucks to the Nippon Foundation

April 21, 2011
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation

•  To support children and young generation afflicted by the Earthquake
•  Trucks start supporting Earthquake recovery activities within this month

Daimler AG (DAG), Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and Mercedes-Benz Japan (MBJ) donated 2 million euros for relief aid and 50 trucks and off-road vehicles to support recovery activities to the Nippon Foundation (Chairman: Yohei Sasagawa Address: Minato-ku, Tokyo). The hand-over ceremony was held today at MFTBC’s Kitsuregawa Proving Ground in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Mr. Peter Rondorf, Minister Head of Economic Department, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, and Ms. Barbara Rhode, Minister-Counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, attended the ceremony. Dr. Albert Kirchmann, Chief Representative of Daimler Group in Japan and President and CEO of MFTBC and Mr. Nicholas Speeks, President and CEO of MBJ, handed over the list of donation items to Mr. Takeju Ogata, President of the Nippon Foundation. The two million euro monetary aid will be applied to support the people afflicted by the Great East Japan Earthquake who need special care such as children and the young generations. In addition, the donated vehicles will be used by NPOs and local governments to support the recovery activities of the afflicted areas. They will be in the field within this month.

The relief activities of the Daimler Group are carried out thanks to the generous support from the German government; the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport; and the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; coincidently in the year observing 150 years of Friendship between Japan and Germany.

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