At NTT FINANCE, one of the many ways in which we seek to make a genuine contribution to the recycling of resources is by reusing items that have come off lease as used products. Those that cannot be reused are disposed of by carefully selected contractors in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. In practice, we recycle at least 95 percent of leased computers and we have virtually eliminated waste.
NTT FINANCE Asset Service was incorporated in January 2012 to handle these reused items, and operations began three months later. This company furthers the purchase and sale of clients' reusable and recyclable assets, thus helping reduce environmental impact.
As society looks increasingly to renewable energy for answers and Japan moves to expand its "megasolar" large-scale solar power generation projects, we have developed a financing scheme to lend a helping hand. Under the scheme, we acquire plants and equipment built by NTT FACILITIES, which has extensive experience in solar power generation, and lease them to power generators for a fixed term.
Those businesses are able to take advantage of a huge array of fine-tuned, beneficial services offered by the NTT Group and others, including design, construction, and funding. The benefits of the scheme are numerous, and include a drastic reduction of the initial outlay burden, power supply in emergency situations, and effective use of land that would have otherwise sat idle.
At NTT FINANCE, we issue various bills, such as for fixed-line phone, mobile phone, and Internet use. The all-in-one invoicing service integrates those bills into a single invoice, which is not only more convenient for our customers, but also helps cut back on our use of paper resources. In 2012, the number of all-in-one invoicing contracts reached approximately 150,000, which resulted in a reduction in our use of paper resources by some 18 tons per year. Far from resting on our laurels, we remain determined to further cut back on paper usage.
For holders of the NTT Group Card, we offer a course that allows customers to convert the points saved on their card into donations. Our company makes these donations to NPOs, calculating the donation according to the number of card points (1 point = \1). These donations are used in such efforts as the support of victims of natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes, and communications support activities for telemedical agencies in developing countries.
In accordance with the Act for Measures to Support the Development of the Next Generation, we have established an action plan to support the balance of work and home, and we have been carrying out initiatives for enhancement of the child care support system and environmental improvement. For these efforts, we received recognition as a child care supporting company from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, in proof of which we have been permitted to use the Next Generation Certification Mark.
Music is a truly global language, and we at NTT FINANCE are proud to help foster creativity and enrich society by co-sponsoring Viola Space, a musical enterprise centered on internationally renowned violist Nobuko Imai and other performers, since 1997.
We endeavor to help the people of Fukushima and the Tohoku region through the Fukushima Sakura Project, which is aimed at generating momentum for rebuilding efforts in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 through effective PR. Activities include the distribution of Haruka, a new species of cherry tree, throughout Japan.
In 2005, as part of operations commemorating the 20th year since the company's founding, we made a donation to the Indonesian Mother and Child Health Support Project being conducted by an NPO. The money donated was put to use in such things as the training of maternity nurses, the production of simple water stills, and the construction of a daycare center, and the daycare center is still being used effectively as a local base.
As a voluntary activity, our company personnel have been collecting used stamps at the workplace and at home and have been donating them to foreign medical aid groups and other organizations. The stamps can be exchanged for cash, which is used to aid people in countries that are short of proper health care.