BNP Paribas Supports France-Japan Cooperative Event, “Fabrikarium Tokyo 2023” – Helping People to Create Their Own Future and Wellbeing

June 20, 2023

In support of the philosophy of My Human Kit and FabLab Shinagawa, BNP Paribas became the special sponsor of “Fabrikarium Tokyo 2023” organised by the two organisations and carried out employee volunteer activities so that all people can lead an enriched life in their own way and realise their dreams.

“Fabrikarium” is another name for “Inclusive Makeathon,” a term coined from combining the words “make” and “marathon.”

The Inclusive Makeathon, which BNP Paribas supports globally, utilises technology such as digital machine tools, including 3D printers, to create tools that people with disabilities, known as “need-knowers,” and their supporters really want. The event held in Tokyo for three days from May 4 was the first such event held in collaboration by Japan and France. The 50 publicly solicited participants and BNP Paribas employee volunteers acted as a bridge between the two countries. There were six need-knower participants with disabilities due to congenital or acquired functional disabilities, and they each had their own dreams, such as wanting to cut and eat steak by themselves or feeling the joy of cutting things with an “unsharp knife.”

Participants and BNP Paribas volunteers making detailed adjustments to the tool so that it can be used comfortably.
Ono-san, who has a dream of running a small restaurant
Presentation of the results held on Saturday, May 6

The event began with interviews about the dreams of the need knowers by each team, followed by discussions of ideas for the tools needed to achieve these dreams, and then the actual creation of tools using technology, ending with presentations of the results.

While English was the common language, BNP Paribas employee volunteers acted as language bridges so that the French and Japanese participants could communicate smoothly using their first language. The participants also rushed to buy tools to realise their cross-country ideas with creativity and went through many trials and errors and discussions to realise the dreams of the six need- knowers.

At the presentations of the results on the final day, each of the six teams presented the results of their efforts. There was lively communication, with the audience voicing their surprise and the participants posing questions. During the live performance, the music engaged the participants in the audience and created a sense of unity.

Daisuke Toki, CEO and Representative Director of BNP Paribas Asset Management commented as follows:

“It was really impressive to see the participants from France and Japan meet for the first time at this event, and after three days of repeated discussions and trial-and-error, create something that people with disabilities really want. BNP Paribas employees who participated in the event as volunteers and I myself acquired a lot of insight by listening to the voices of the participants directly. I hope that many people will see and experience this wonderful initiative. BNP Paribas will continue to support the enhancement of the wellbeing of each individual.”

BNP Paribas acts with strong conviction, driven by its corporate social responsibility to have a positive impact on its customers and society, and as a guide for all its activities. As a leading financial institution in the European Union, our group is committed to building a society in which all people can live their lives to the fullest, transcending national borders and acting as a bridge between countries.

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