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 twelfth to date, took place on August 7 with 144 participants from Nagasaki and other locations.
On what turned out to be a very hot summer day, the participants were guided through the turbine manufacturing plant and also visited the History Museum, which is 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 witnessed the goliath crane in operation, from which the visitors got a first-hand sense of the tremendous power of a plant where monozukuri—the traditional Japanese concept of craftsmanship—is carried out. The visitors were also escorted up to a viewing platform from which they marveled at the expansive scope of the Koyagi Plant and the huge scale of the ships made here.
As in previous years, the tour was extremely well received. One participant described the experience this way: "Being given a chance to enter a factory normally off limits to visitors really gave me a good understanding of how turbines and ships are manufactured."
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.