Capcom is committed to serving as a responsible and trusted member of society. In addition to continuing to promote employee diversity as and training, we utilize our popular game characters to contribute to community revitalization and crime prevention.
Relationship with Regional Communities
Contributions to Regional Revitalization
Utilizing the appeal and brand recognition of popular games to contribute to society
The attraction of video game content for the worldwide audience was in evidence when Japan’s Prime Minister promoted the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games by dressing as a video game character at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. In the same vein, Capcom is following a Single Content Multiple Usage strategy for our content, which we deploy in a wide range of fields beyond video games. As such, we are proud to have a high level of recognition and popularity among men and women, young and old alike.
Based on our corporate philosophy of making people happy through games, Capcom has been engaged in the following four regional revitalization activities not only in Osaka, where we have our head office, but across Japan, since the mid-2000s: 1) economic promotion that supports the local tourism industries; 2) cultural awareness raising that supports education concerning local history and culture; 3) crime prevention education through coordination with the police; and 4) raising awareness about voting in elections in coordination with the Committee for Election Administration.
- 1 Economic promotion that supports the local tourism industries;
- 2 Cultural awareness raising that supports education concerning local history and culture;
- 3 Cime prevention education through coordination with the police;
- 4 Raising awareness about voting in elections in coordination with the
Committee for Election Administration
Further, going forward we will provide support for esports activities regionally throughout Japan while looking into activities to promote regional revitalization through playing games
Commentsfrom apolice official
Director of Cybercrime Control Division
Osaka Prefectural Police Headquarters
Capcom is a multinational company whose roots are Osakan; and here, in Uchihirano town of the Chuo ward in that same city, a stone’s throw from Osaka Prefectural Police Headquarters, Capcom’s cluster of office buildings, which includes their headquarters building and R&D facilities, inspire a sense of awe.
Capcom characters have tremendous name recognition and are familiar to all of today’s youth. I’m deeply grateful to Capcom for its continued, neighborly cooperation in our various crime prevention and public awareness campaigns, especially those targeting young people.
Up to now, the Mega Man and Felyne characters have appeared in our public awareness campaigns for cyber security, while our recruitment posters for cybercrime investigators have featured Ryu and Chun Li from the indomitable Street Fighter series. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have been able to secure outstanding human resources.
I admire Capcom’s management stance, which emphasizes giving back to regional communities and I hope to continue collaborating with them on preventing crime in Osaka.
Promoting Healthy Relationships with Games
More than a decade of on-site classes for children in school
Games are a relatively new cultural phenomenon with little academic research, and discussions tend to focus on the detrimental effects rather than the educational aspects. Recently, recognition by WHO of gaming disorder made headlines as did the establishment of the Kagawa Prefectural Ordinance on Countermeasures for Addiction to Internet and Computer Games. However, video game creator is a popular future career choice among children, and programming and other such lessons will be made compulsory in Japanese elementary schools starting in 2020. Many private sector efforts are also underway, including opening programming academies for youth. Considering these developments, it is reasonable to expect that the number of children hoping to become game creators will increase. Additionally, smartphone use rates among young people—49.8% of elementary school students and 75.2% of junior high school students—are rising each year. Smartphone games are also gaining popularity and children are growing more familiar with games.
Given this, with a desire to promote social understanding of games, we accept visits to our offices from primarily elementary and junior high school students and conduct on-site classes at schools to promote sustainable economic growth and social development. Class programs have two sessions: one is career education, which introduces the work done in a game company and its difficulty and rewards; the other is game literacy education, which helps students use their judgement to build a healthy relationship with games. These programs have been well-received with schools, and Capcom is incorporating educators’ feedback to improve.
In fiscal 2011, Capcom launched its career education program following educators’ requests. In fiscal 2013, Capcom started a new program on work and mathematics, targeting elementary and junior high school students to help keep children interested in math.
Altogether, Capcom has welcomed 3,337 children as part of 402 different field trips to its offices (as of March 31, 2020). Capcom has also held 161 on-site classes for 14,927 students (as of March 31, 2020) at schools such as the one held at Niigata Elementary School attached to Niigata University in July 2019.
Impressions of the on-site classes (An excerpt of this fiscal year’s comments)
- Up to now, I had been on my smartphone all day long, but after hearing this talk, I decided to cut back the time I spend on my phone little by little. (Elementary school student)
- I was surprised at how fun they made math, which the students normally dislike. I saw firsthand how keenly they were listening. (Elementary school teacher)
- I was happy to hear the lecturer talk about the necessity of what is taught in regular classes out in the real world. If there had been a discussion, it might have elicited various thoughts and opinions. (Junior high school teacher)