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Students from African Countries Visit Ricoh Technology Center

As part of an Internship Program under the ABE Initiative

March 31, 2015
Ricoh Co.,Ltd.

TOKYO, March 31, 2015— Ricoh Company, Ltd. invited students from African countries to a tour of the Ricoh Technology Center in Ebina City, Kanagawa Prefecture, as well as a get-together there on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The students were in Japan on a program under the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (the ABE Initiative).


The ABE Initiative offers 1,000 young African men and women the chance to study at graduate schools and other educational institutions in Japan and work as interns at Japanese companies during the next five years. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced this Initiative at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which was held in June 2013 to support solid and sustainable economic growth in Africa through united public and private efforts. Under this Initiative, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is operating and offering the Master’s Degree and Internship Program as part of its project for accepting trainees. JICA plans to accept a total of 900 young people from Africa to the program in four groups through 2017. The program aims to discover and train young Africans who could become business partners for Japanese companies.


In support of this ABE Initiative, Ricoh organized a get-together with 16 students from Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania, giving them an introduction to the company, and offering them a tour of the Ricoh Technology Center as part of the Internship Program. The company has also announced its plan to accept trainees for a summer internship (that will last for about two weeks).


In order to contribute to the achievement of a sustainable society in developing countries, Ricoh will apply its own resources (technology, products, services, manpower, etc.), while working to nurture the next generation who will play a role in the future.


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Students from Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania, visit the Ricoh Technology Center to study.

About Ricoh

Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
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