IMRA is proud to endorse the University of Michigan’s widely successful Solar Car Team (pictured above), who have titles in both national and international competitions. The University of Michigan’s College of Engineering has also received IMRA’s support as the school has done impressive work in research and promotion of alternative energy technology in Southeast Michigan. Along with higher education, IMRA advocates for the education of our youth, and has helped aid the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation. Two of our most notable projects were rescuing the Pioneer High School Planetarium from pending closure, now called the Argus IMRA Planetarium, and helping develop the Skyline High School computer lab.
IMRA has played a major role in helping the Japanese community fit into the greater Detroit area through its participation in the Japan Business Society of Detroit. JBSD is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting the exchange of human culture and business in order to deepen mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. IMRA has worked closely with JBSD and the City of Detroit to arrange financial and community support for the “Sister City Program” between Detroit and Toyota City, Japan. This program exchanges high school students from Toyota City to Detroit, and from Detroit to Toyota City in alternate years. Local families host the visitors and provide excellent opportunities to experience life in each other’s culture.
IMRA has also supported the International Charity Festival Annual Walkathon, held in Nagoya, Japan. This organization helps the ongoing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan’s Tohoku region. IMRA regularly supports other natural disaster relief efforts as well, by matching employee donations, helping disaster relief in the United States, Philippines, and Japan.