AEON WOODLAND LAUNCHING CEREMONY On 13 September 2004, AEON held a special dinner in honour of Tun Dr. Mahathir bin. Mohamad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was invited to sign a plaque, together with Mr Takuya Okada, for the launching of the Malaysia-Japan Friendship Forest. This plaque was placed at the forest site, which was named the AEON Woodland, a special area about eight hectares set aside in Paya Indah Wetlands
On 15 September 2004, 3000 Malaysian and Japanese nature enthusiasts gathered in Paya Indah Wetlands, Dengkil, Selangor. to take part in the massive tree planting exercise. This tree planting ceremony was organised by AEON Co. (M) BHD. to mark its 20th Anniversary in Malaysia, and strongly supported by the AEON Environment Foundation which has sponsored the planting of over 5 million trees around the world.
Besides the 1,000 volunteers, staff members and business associates of AEON Co. Ltd., who had flown from Japan, the other 2,000 volunteers from Malaysia came from a mix of customers, school children, suppliers, nature lovers and AEON staff members. They planted approximately 30,000 saplings of different tree and shrub varieties, including a number of fruit-bearing trees.
In conjunction with AEON's 24th Anniversary Celebration, a special tree planting ceremony was held to commemorate the event. Corporate Advisor of AEON Co. Ltd., Japan, Mr. Toshiji Tokiwa officiated the event by planting the first sapling, followed by the volunteers comprising AEON's staff, student and volunteers from Japan. A total of 308 volunteers participated in the event that took place at Paya Indah Wetlands, Dengkil, Selangor on 25 October 2008. About 2,400 saplings of 20 types of trees were planted at three different zones within the Malaysia-Japan Friendship Forest AEON Woodland.