Minamata Factory

Outline of the Office Minamata Factory

Minamata City, where Minamata Factory is located, exists in the southernmost part in Kumamoto Prefecture, having hot springs in the sea coastal regions and mountainous regions, and a coastal line which is entirely designated as a Prefectural Nature Park, and is blessed with a rich natural environment. This Factory is the origin factory of JNC which started in 1908 when Mr. Shitagau Noguchi, the first president, focused attention on abundant electric power generated by hydraulic power generation and limestone to produce calcium carbide. Since then, the Factory has grown along the stream of technical innovation to petrochemical and fine chemicals. The Factory currently produces a variety of products, such as liquid crystals, organic EL materials, fine chemical products, chemicals including trichlorosilane which is a raw material of IC and LSI, and life chemical products to play a core role in the JNC Group, and strives for mutual prosperity with the region in cooperation with related companies and associated companies.

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Introducing the Office

Aerial photograph (attached photograph) Minamata Factory is located in Minamata City facing the Sea of Shiranui in Kumamoto Prefecture, and has a site area of about 500,000 m2 and a dedicated port having a sea bank of 500 m and a water depth of 6 m on the west side.

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Annual RC Policy

[Motto]  Safety always
[Slogan] Risk assessment by all-member scrum Continue safety activities Good!!

[Focused implementation items]
Instructions from President
Ensure education of operators regarding substantial risk in the plant for producing chemicals and operation management in response thereto

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Well-established comprehensive risk assessment activities

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Activation of near miss proposal activities

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Support for education in compliance of laws and regulations of cooperative companies on the site

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Operation and establishment of risk experience education

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Implementation of measures for reducing PRTR object substances

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Weeding

We carried out weeding of the public road along Ezoegawa River on the site boundary as a part of the events during Environment Month in June.

Plant Tour

We enthusiastically welcome students and general visitors from inside and outside the Prefecture every year. The performance in the 2013 fiscal year was 155 groups, and the total number of visitors was about 2,725.

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Sponsored Sports Events Sponsored

We hold and support sports events (baseball, volleyball, soccer, softball, beach ball volleyball) for the purpose of youth development.

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Christmas Illuminations

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the “Christmas Illuminations” started as part of the social contribution activities. The Christmas illuminations have become familiarized to the citizens as an annual event in December and receive favorable reputation.

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Exhibition in Minamata Food and Product Fair 2014

“Minamata Food and Product Fair” was held in Eco Park on May 24 and 25, in which 5 companies from the JNC Group participated. The proceeds from the charity were donated to Minamata-City Council of Social Welfare.

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Minamata Renryu-Sai

Minamata Renryu-Sai, a big summer event in Minamata City, was held again this year. The JNC Group participated in Citizens Parade.

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Comprehensive Disaster-Preparedness Drill

We conducted a joint disaster-preparedness drill between the public fire defense and the Disaster Prevention Measures Organization of the Minamata Factory.

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Fire Defense Basic Operation Method Drill

The fire-fighters and the self-defense fire fighters of Minamata Factory received guidance on the fire defense basic operation method from fire brigade officers.

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Basic Lifesaving Training and First Aid Procedures Training

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In the company, we held basic lifesaving training by emergency lifesaving technicians and emergency first aid procedures training by Japanese Red Cross Society.

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Indoor fire hydrant operation method competition

One team each for men and women participated in the indoor fire hydrant operation method competition hosted by Minamata Ashikita Fire Protection Manager Council in October 2013, where both men’s and women’s teams achieved excellent performance and won first place.

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Risk Experience Study

Receiving instruction of apparatus required for prevention of rupture and crush of tanks and principles thereof.

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Radio Gymnastic Exercises Training

As an event during Health Week, we invited an instructor and conducted practical skills training of correct ratio gymnastic exercises for the purpose of health promotion and stress release.

Safety Lecture

As an event during Health Week, we invited an instructor and held a lecture session on safety and health management.

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