The Mitsubishi Electric Group deeply regrets its experience of having received an administrative penalty for violating anti-trust laws in Japan and overseas. Out of this regret, we uphold anti-trust laws as one of the most important laws that we must abide by, and make ongoing Group-wide efforts to both prevent any recurrence of such incidents and prevent previous incidents from being forgotten.
In addition to formulating and operating internal regulations that govern Mitsubishi Electric and its affiliated companies in Japan and overseas, we have also strengthened internal audits that specialize in anti-trust laws, and place importance on employee training through a combination of e-learning and classroom programs.
Between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2016, company-wide intensive training was implemented 241 times with the participation of 11,248 employees. In affiliated companies, training was implemented between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2017 for executives, sales and other departments, and has been attended by 3,326 employees to date. Practical training that reflects the characteristics of each business and affiliated company, has continued to be implemented beyond fiscal 2017, and ongoing education has been provided to both prevent the recurrence of incidents in violation of anti-trust laws and prevent previous violations from being forgotten.
Practical training that reflects the characteristics of each business and affiliated company has continued to be implemented beyond fiscal 2017. The plan is to offer it around 350 times for approximately 10,700 employees by fiscal 2019. Additionally, education on anti-trust laws that focus on regional characteristics is offered to overseas employees in the form of face-to-face education and e-learning programs.
We will continue to make greater efforts to prevent similar incidents from occurring and previous incidents from being forgotten, through regular monitoring of the status of daily business activities and internal regulations, practical employee training that matches actual transaction situations, and other such initiatives.
The Mitsubishi Electric Group takes measures to prevent bribery involving Japanese and overseas public officials, such as enhancing internal rules, providing employee education, requiring self-inspections, and conducting internal audits.
We engage in Group-wide initiatives to prevent bribery. The "Mitsubishi Electric Group Anti-Bribery Policy" that was established on April 1, 2017 reiterates to people in and outside the Group our policy that, among other things, our Group companies, their officers and employees do not offer bribes and do not pursue profits that can be realized only by offering bribes.
Additionally, e-learning programs are available to employees who have opportunities to interact with public officials within their duties at Mitsubishi Electric. Some 21,800 employees have taken these programs so far. Also implemented are face-to-face education that emphasizes practical issues and case studies intended for employees who frequently interact with foreign public officials. To date, the programs have attracted approximately 730 employees.
In the light of the current global situation where anti-bribery regulations are becoming increasingly tighter, we will continue to enhance measures in each region, and take effective and efficient measures by selecting countries and transactions with particularly high risks of being involved in bribery, to respond to the expansion of our business at a global level.
The Mitsubishi Electric Group provides support to political activities only upon full consideration of its social standing as defined in its corporate mission, and in compliance with relevant laws and regulations in each country.
For example, when Mitsubishi Electric makes a political donation in Japan, the Corporate Administration Division screens all cases in detail in accordance with the Political Fund Control Law, and ensures adherence to all internal procedures. Additionally, in public elections, we make every effort neither to infringe on the Public Offices Election Act nor deviate from sound social morals.
To maintain international peace and security, Mitsubishi Electric has established and abides by the Corporate Security Export Control Regulation. Based on the regulation, all transactions are closely checked for any inclusion of export controlled items and security concerns related to destination, customers, end-use, and transaction conditions, and are strictly managed pursuant to relevant laws and regulations. Furthermore, to ensure all associated companies in Japan and overseas also take proper action in line with our policies, we distribute the Security Export Control Standard Regulations of the Mitsubishi Electric Group (in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Thai) to all associated companies, and provide guidance for the establishment of regulations, the development of a framework, employee training and internal audits in each company. In fiscal 2018, we held educational workshops in Thailand, Taiwan, China and Europe, intended for ECAs (Export Control Administrators) in associated companies. In Japan, we provided e-learning courses that approximately 36,000 Mitsubishi Electric employees and 34,000 employees of associated companies took. For overseas associated companies, we have English, Chinese, and Thai e-learning materials for the implementation of training programs in each company.
The Mitsubishi Electric Group adheres to the policy of refusing transactions and any other relationship whatsoever with anti-social groups (crime syndicates, terrorists, drug syndicates and other criminal organizations) in countries and regions where it engages in business, as clearly set forth in the following three provisions in the Mitsubishi Electric Group Conduct Guidelines.
Furthermore, in Japan an officer for preventing unreasonable demands, as stipulated in the Anti-Organized Crime Law, is assigned to each business office and affiliated company as a Group-wide measure against unreasonable demands from anti-social groups. If a transaction partner is found to be an anti-social group, we make every effort to promptly disassociate ourselves with the company with the cooperation of the police, external specialist institutions (the National Center for the Elimination of Boryokudan and the Special Violence Prevention Measures Association (Tokubouren) under the control of the Metropolitan Police Department, the National Center for the Elimination of Boryokudan, etc.), and lawyers.