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As a part of the NYK Mirai Project,* NYK sponsored a booth at the summer 2017 “Manabi no Fes” (Festival of Learning) on August 2 at the Japan Science Foundation’s museum in central Tokyo.

This event was organized by the Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan’s major newspapers, to provide children with the opportunity to learn about jobs at companies that might not be familiar to the children. Thirty-seven companies and organizations exhibited at the event, which was attended by about 1,800 children and parents chosen by lot.

This was the second “Manabi no Fes” for NYK, and this time the company conducted classes about oceangoing ships and seafarers’ onboard duties, administered quizzes about the ships, and gave the children the opportunity to navigate a car carrier via a ship-handling simulator.

Many children enjoyed the simulator challenge of piloting a ship through Tokyo Bay and the Singapore Strait, both of which are known to be areas of heavy vessel traffic. And parents asked many questions about the process of becoming a seafarer.

A photo area was set up and cosponsored by the All Japan Seamen's Union and the International Mariners Management Association of Japan, and many children enjoyed interacting with the J-Crew Project’s mascots and being photographed wearing a captain’s uniform.

The company looks forward to continuing the NYK Mirai Project to encourage interest in seafaring among children.

* NYK Mirai Project

This project consists of a series of activities that nurture greater awareness of maritime affairs and the seafaring life among Japan’s youth so that they can develop interest in the maritime industry and consider careers at shipping companies. The project was launched at the end of 2014.

The four companies listed below, headquartered in Yokohama and Tokyo, are pleased to announce the creation of the “Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD)” *1 and the launch of the world’s first Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Project.

Chiyoda Corporation President: Mr. Masaji Santo

Mitsubishi Corporation  President: Mr. Takehiko Kakiuchi

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.  President: Mr. Tatsuo Yasunaga

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha  President: Mr. Tadaaki Naito

The project, a subsidized “Technology Development Project to establish Hydrogen Society/Technology Development for the Utilization of Large Scale Hydrogen Energy”, is funded by the National Research and Development Agency, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and demonstrates “The Hydrogen Supply Chain utilizing the Organic Chemical Hydride Method”.

Project Outline

1. Project Description

The construction of a Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Plant comprising a Hydrogenation Plant in Negara Brunei Darussalam and a Dehydrogenation Plant in Kawasaki’s coastal region of Japan using Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen® Technology*2.  Hydrogen will be procured in Brunei and transported by ship to Kawasaki, Japan in liquid form at ambient temperature and pressure.  Hydrogen gas will then be extracted from the liquid in Kawasaki and supplied to consumers.

2. Project Scale

Supply of 210 tons (max) of Hydrogen in 2020, equivalent to filling 40,000 Fuel Cell Vehicles.

3. Hydrogen Supply

Hydrogen will be produced by Steam Reforming from the processed gas derived from the Natural Gas Liquefaction Plant of Brunei LNG Sdn. Bhd. (Headquarters: Lumut, MD: Mr. Thomas Jenke)

4. Hydrogen Demand

Fuel for the Keihin Refinery Thermal Power Plant, an affiliate of TOA OIL Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kawasaki, President: Mr. Hiroto Tamai).   TOA OIL Co., Ltd. is owned by SHOWA SHELL SEKIYU K. K. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President and Group CEO: Mr. Tsuyoshi Kameoka).

5. Project Duration

Construction  :    August 2017 – December 2019

Operation      :    January 2020 – December 2020

Project Positioning

 The project will be constructed considering the Phase II of the “Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells”, issued by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2014 and revised in 2016, and aims to realize Global Hydrogen Transport and Supply Technology for full-scale Hydrogen Power Generation around 2030. This Hydrogen Demo project is a stepping stone for commercialization of projects post 2020.

The technology utilizes Hydrogen for CO2 free power generation, which can contribute to fulfill the December 2015 COP21 Paris Agreement requiring greenhouse gas reductions to combat global warming.

*1 Overview of “AHEAD”


Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development


4-6-2, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan


Mr. Hideki Endo

(General Manager, Hydrogen Supply Chain Development Unit

Chiyoda Corporation)

Association Member:

Chiyoda Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Establishment Date:

3 July 2017

Research Partner:


Development Bank of Japan Inc.

*2 Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen® Technology

Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen® Technology utilizes the Organic Chemical Hydride Method. In the supply country, Hydrogen, chemically fixed to Toluene, is converted into Methylcyclohexane (MCH), a liquid at ambient temperature and pressure, by hydrogenation reaction for storage and transport.

In the consumer country, Hydrogen is extracted from MCH by dehydrogenation reaction and supplied as hydrogen gas.




Brunei Hydrogen Production & Hydrogenation Plant

Kawasaki Dehydrogenation Plant



NYK has once again sponsored the Kishu Minabe Sea Turtle Research Project conducted by the NPO Earthwatch Japan.* This year, 13 NYK Group employees volunteered to participate in research sessions conducted on July 9–11 and again on July 13–15.

Minabecho in Wakayama prefecture is where most loggerhead sea turtles** lay their eggs on the main island of Japan, but a shortage of staff has prevented sufficient identification surveys from being conducted. This research project started last year with the aim of studying the sea turtle’s behavior patterns and keeping the turtles free of danger, and over the past two years, comprehensive surveys have been conducted and valuable data collected by NYK Group employees and citizen volunteers.

The participants attached identification tags to the turtles, and recorded and measured their shell lengths and widths as the turtles crossed the sandy beach to nest at nighttime. This research project was conducted under the careful guidance of an academic expert and members of the Sea Turtle Association of Japan, a local NPO, so as not to disturb the turtles’ spawning.

NYK, as a good corporate citizen that recognizes environmental issues as a significant company challenge, participates in projects such as this to contribute to the achievement of better seas through preservation of the marine environment and biodiversity, which are closely related to our business.

* Earthwatch Japan

Earthwatch, a non-profit organization established in 1971 in Boston, is an international nongovernmental organization. It provides researchers with both human and financial support for overseas field research and surveys. Volunteers dispatched all over the world by Earthwatch have taken active roles at cutting-edge scientific sites, receiving instruction from world-class scientists. Earthwatch Institute - Japan was established in 1993 for the purpose of promoting Earthwatch activities in Japan. In 2003, it was certified as a non-profit organization.

** Loggerhead sea turtle

The loggerhead sea turtle is listed on the IUCN*** Red List of Threatened Species due to shore development, encroachment, and fishing nets.

*** IUCN

International Union for Conservation of Nature. The IUCN is a global nature conservation network created by government and civil society organizations in 1948 to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges.