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138 Visitors are Given a Tour of the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works

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Every year, MHI hosts an open tour of the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works in cooperation with the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) and the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE). This year's tour, the eleventh to date, took place on August 7 with 138 participants from both Nagasaki and other locations.

Typical of mid-summer in Japan, the day was scorching hot and sunny. The participants were given a first-hand look at where ships and turbines are manufactured, and they also visited the History Museum, located in the former pattern shop, one of the components of the "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution" inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2015. In the dockyard at the Koyagi Plant, they saw a giant LNG carrier under construction and also witnessed the goliath crane in operation, giving the visitors a deep sense of the power and excitement of these enormous manufacturing facilities.

As in previous years, the tour was extremely well received. "It was really interesting to be able to get a close-up look at a ship and the huge crane, which I usually see only from a distance," one participant commented. "I hope to take part again next year," enthused another.

Going forward, the MHI Group will continue to accord great importance to actively communicating with people from its local regions. This is just part of the corporate social commitments defined in its CSR Action Guidelines: 1) care for the planet, 2) create a more harmonious society, and 3) inspire the future.

Observing a ship under construction at the Koyagi Plant

Listening to an explanation in the turbine factory