Children's Story Award
The JXTG Children's Story Award
Every year since 1970, the JXTG Group has called for submissions from the general public of original children's literature on the theme of "heart-to-heart contact." The best works are divided into three categories, (elementary school and younger, junior high school, and others), and recognized through the JXTG Children's Story Award, sponsored by the JXTG Group.
The calling for submissions has the backing of the Japan Federation of Primary School Principals Association, the All Japan Junior High School Principal's Association and the Japan Federation for Municipal Board of Education, and up to the present the JXTG Group has received approximately 350,000 submissions of children's stories from all over Japan.
The stories selected for the top prizes in the JXTG Children's Story Award, as well as those selected for honorable mention, are published in a book called 'A Bouquet of Children's Stories.' The JXTG Group donates copies of the book to educational institutions and welfare facilities nationwide, as well as to Japanese schools overseas, etc. Since its first publication in 1973, over 700 children's stories have been published, enabling readers to grasp the changes in "heart-to-heart contact" as they reflect the changing times.
The 49th JXTG Children's Story Award
Entries for the 49th JXTG Children's Story Award were submitted from March through May 2018. 12,591 works were submitted from all over Japan and other countries around the world. In detail, 1,573 stories were written by children in elementary school or younger children, 2,395 stories were written by junior high school students, and 8,623 stories were written by others.
After a careful and rigorous review of all the entries by the six members of the selection committee, a total of 33 stories from the three categories were selected for the award.
Assistance for children gaining social independence
'A Bouquet of Children's Stories' is purchased by JXTG Group companies and their officers and employees, as well as dealerships which operate ENEOS service stations, and LPG dealerships, among others, with all proceeds going to the JXTG Children's Story Fund. This fund makes donations to the Japan National Council of Social Welfare (hereinafter "the Council") every year to aid in children's welfare. The donations are used by the JXTG Scholarship Program, established by the Council, as a part of the scholarship support funds for children living in child welfare facilities or foster homes across Japan when they enter university or other institution of higher education.
April 2018, 494 children were recipients of the JXTG Scholarship Program funds. Since the establishment of the program in fiscal 2003, a total of 5,266 students have received scholarships, with the amount of the scholarships totaling 515,850,000 yen.
Initiatives to Protect the Environment
'A Bouquet of Children's Stories' is printed on paper made from raw materials derived from wood produced as a by-product of forest thinning in areas of Japan where the JXTG Group is engaged in forest maintenance. The forests themselves contribute to increasing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that can be absorbed. The JXTG Group supports Kizukai Undo (Tree-Use Movement), a domestic forest preservation program promoted by Japan's Forestry Agency.
The 49th JXTG Children's Story Award has been selected for "This is MECENAT 2018" certification by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts.