Meet Michitaka Tanihira, HR Director at Hilton Tokyo in Japan
Michitaka is no stranger to high-pressure situations. When he heard news that areas of Japan were hit by severe flooding, he knew he could not just sit back and watch. Instead, he packed his bags and traveled to the flood-hit area twice to support the relief efforts.
Heavy rainfall, a heat wave and a typhoon had recently swept through the country, resulting in several displaced families in thousands of communities, including Ehime Prefecture. Michitaka arrived in the town to help remove furniture from houses, tear up floors, sweep away mud, clean up street gutters and prepare sandbags.
Offering his support to the community in any way he could, Michitaka was assigned as a group leader. He was able to use the leadership training, communication skills and various other experiences gained at Hilton to organize other Team Members and volunteers to roll up their sleeves and make a difference in the Ehime Prefecture community.
Hilton Tokyo General Manager, Mike Williamson and his HR Team Members also fully supported his actions. July is one of the busiest periods for his team but, with their support, he was able to take annual leave volunteer. They could see his drive, passion and commitment to help those in need after such a harsh disaster. As a result, they voluntarily provided personal financial support for his vehicle's gas and other much-needed supplies -- adding to funds Michitaka had raised himself via social media.
Michitaka also volunteered in the Tohoku region during the East Japan earthquake/tsunami in 2011 – so a heartfelt thank you to him for spreading the light and warmth of hospitality and helping communities very much in need. Michitaka, you are an inspiration to all of the Hilton family.
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