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The Story of a Vehicle Service Shop on Kouzu Island

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Kouzushima Daihatsu Shokai, Ltd., a company on Kouzu Island, one of the Izu Islands, located far from Japan's mainland, reminds us that there are many things that can be done to minimize impacts to the environment. Of the three service shops on the island, Daihatsu Shokai is the only shop authorized to perform automobile inspections.

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The construction of Daihatsu Shokai's shop exemplifies the company's commitment to the environment. The shop floor is made of impermeable concrete that prevents the absorption of waste oil and LLC. There is, of course, an oil absorption mat under the waste-oil can and the paint booth is equipped with a filtered ventilator to prevent paint mist from leaking out into the environment.
Underscoring his personal commitment to the environment, Mr. Suzuki, the company's president, uses waste oil as the fuel for the stove in his shop. He says that, in the shop, "wastewater is carefully treated by separating oil and water. Only the treated water is allowed into the drainage." In addition, the company uses special recycling equipment, the only such equipment in the Izu Islands, to recover and reuse hydro-chlorofluorocarbons. Engines, starters, and alternators, even worn tires are rebuilt and reused.

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Daihatsu Shokai services motorcycles and passenger cars, as wells as large and industrial vehicles. The company manages the monthly inspection of industrial vehicles while TOYOTA L&F Tokyo dispatches service staff to the island to handle annual inspections. This cooperative structure makes possible the optimal treatment of waste materials and superior service that minimizes impacts to the environment.

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Most of us are amazed by the thoroughness of these efforts. But Mr. Suzuki doesn't think that his company is doing anything extraordinary. He talks about his company in an unaffected way. Of all the things he spoke about, we were especially impressed when he said, "This island is blessed with natural beauty." Kouzushima is surrounded by an emerald sea and much of the island is untouched wilderness. For Mr. Suzuki who grew up on this beautiful island, it's probably only natural that he works so hard to make sure that successive generations can also experience the natural beauty of Kouzu Island.

With the cooperation of Kouzu Island Daihatsu Shokai, LTD.
Address:1303 Kouzu Island Village, Tokyo
Tel:04992-8-0333

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