Press ReleasesNippon Paper Group Supports Its Employees' VolunteerActivities for Restoration Following the Great East JapanEarthquake36 Employees Will Visit Ishinomaki-shi on July 30

Nippon Paper Group, Inc.

Nippon Paper Group, Inc. (President: Yoshio Haga) has resolved to support its employees' volunteer activities to assist the people and restore the areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The recent earthquake caused significant damage to three of the mills of Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga), our major affiliate: Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi), Iwanuma Mill (Iwanuma-shi, Miyagi) and Nakoso Mill (Iwaki-shi, Fukushima). In parallel with the relief activities for colleagues in these areas, Nippon Paper Group sent supplies to the stricken areas and donated a total of 100 million yen in May.

More than four months after the great earthquake, however, activities for regional restoration are still continuing in the pacific coastal areas of Tohoku. These areas suffered devastating damage and still need considerable manpower. Many Group employees have expressed a desire to visit the stricken areas and become involved in the restoration efforts.

Nippon Paper Group has decided to pay all expenses involved in the round trip of a volunteers' bus (Tokyo - Ishinomaki). The first activity of this program is scheduled for July 30. As detailed below, volunteer employees will visit Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi, where Nippon Paper Industries' Ishinomaki Mill is located. They will be assisted by the Ishinomaki Disaster Recovery Assistance Council Inc. (president: Shuki Ito) and the Peace Boat Emergency Relief Operation.

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2011
Location: Kazuma, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi prefecture
Activity: Removing mud from roadside ditches in the residential area, etc.
Number of participants: 36 staff members of our Group (scheduled)

Nippon Paper Group will continue to support Group employees in their volunteer activities by ensuring that the needs of the stricken areas are met.