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Dear All,

It is a great honor and privilege to welcome you here today and to have the opportunity to speak with you.

My name is Sadako Miyake, as an advisor to the Port Development Board of Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture and a member of the Foundation Development Committee of Zonta International.
I am directly involved in improving the lives, not only of local people but many women and children around the world through the United Nations Regional Activation Projects Program.

To begin with I would like to tell you a few things about my town.

Tamano City is located by the Seto Inland Sea. The climate is mild and the natural landscape is superb. Tamano is one of the sunniest places in Japan.

Salt production in Tamano;
In the past, Tamano was a major producer of sea salt. The long hours of sunshine, the peaceful sea, and a calm climate made it well-suited to this purpose. 
In 1863 after more than 20 years of land reclamation, some broad salt flats were completed and Irihama-style salt manufacturing (utilizing the ebb and flow of tides) was extended, from Hibiki Beach (the current Onzaki area) in 1829, and later to Higashi-nozaki Beach in 1838. 
In addition, salt farms were established in many other areas, including the Uno and Tama districts.
In the 1960, salt manufacturing technology advanced rapidly.
As a result, a new automated salt manufacturing system using the “Membrane concentration salt manufacturing method” replaced the traditional manufacturing system using salt farms.
This new style of salt manufacturing still continues today, but many of the old salt-flats have been repurposed to generate solar power.

Shipbuilding industry in Tamano;
Since 1917 the Tama Shipbuilding Company, the leading shipbuilding company in Tamano City, has also utilized the old salt producing areas in the Tama district to develop and extend their shipbuilding facility. 
Later, the company changed its name to Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., (Mitsui E & S Group) the name it operates under today. The other major industry in Tamano, is the copper mining industry represented by the Hibi Refinery, which is still active.

Establishment of UNOPORT 13;
Moving on to more social aspects of my city, UNOPORT 13 is a volunteer community established in 2007, and made up of 13 executive and professional women working together to promote UNO Port and Tamano City. Led by myself, the group includes business women, artists, public employees and university professors.

As a result of the recent influx of visitors to Uno in transit to visit Naoshima, Benesse House and the Chichu Art Museum as well as the Setouchi Triennale (Setouchi Art Festival), UNOPORT 13 made this map to introduce foreign visitors to some of the local historic sites and legends of Uno.

Finally, I’m pleased to see so many tourists who want to learn more about Japan.

Western and Japanese meet;
A substantial problem my country faces today is that many people have a limited knowledge of Japan or are unaware of it. Some misconceptions we would like to correct:
(1) Even in the same Asia, you will not notice the different between Japanese and other Asian at first sight. For most of its history, Japan was the most isolated of the major countries in the world, and has remained culturally distinct.
(2) Japanese tourists do not necessarily reflect the behavior of the average citizen at home, of course neither do tourists from America or other nations.
(3) Japanese reticence should not be misconstrued as backwardness, indecisiveness or incompetence. Excessively loud or aggressive behavior is considered impolite in Japan.
With varying degrees of success, Japan has made great efforts to “internationalize” its outlook both nationally and individually; it does not always feel as if these efforts are fully reciprocated, so while you are guests here it would be wonderful if you could make an effort to acquire a better understanding of our history and culture and share your insights with your friends at home.

Towards internationalization;
Japan is America’s best friend in the Far East, and biggest trading partner. Many ideals are shared by both countries- peace, democracy and prosperity. Most Japanese know a good deal about America, so why is it that most Americans know so little about Japan? During your visit here, I encourage you all to learn as much as you can about Japan.

Thank you for your attention. And I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your stay with us while calling at Uno Port!

Uno Port 13

Established in 2007, UNOPORT13 is a volunteer community made up of 13 executive and professional women working together to promote UNO Port and Tamano City. Led by Sadako Miyake the group includes business women, artists, public employees and a university professor. As a result of the recent influx of visitors to Uno, Naoshima, Benesse House and Chichu Art Museum, UNOPORT13 revised this website to introduce foreign visitors to some of the local historic sites and legends of Uno.


4.30.2019

UNO PORT

Okayama Prefecture Tamano City
Natural Beauty and the Background of Tamano City

Tamano is located by the Seto Inland Sea. The climate is mild and the natural landscape is superb.
This area was once an island off coast called “Kibino-Anami” formed with sediment from the Takahashi, Asahi and Yoshii Rivers.
The land was reclaimed in Edo era (ca. 1830). Tamano has one of the major trade ports in Japan, Uno Port. Main industry in Tamano is shipbuilding.


Governor Higaki(1851-1929)

Higaki Nosuke, the governor of Okayama Prefecture had an idea to open the port in 1898, then worked on the planning in 1906. He said, “We need Uno Port as a sea gateway for Okayama Prefecture”. Modern Uno Port was opened in 1909 which was designated as the first trading port in Okayama Prefecture in 1930. Since then the port has been contributing to the development of Tamano City. You will find a bronze statue of Mr. Higaki in the Uno Port Park.



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The Origin of Uno Port

The major industries of this village were salt making and fishing.
The port was established around 1583, and when Hideyoshi Toyotomi built Osaka Castle, a great deal of stone was carried from Uno Port.
The port became a railway ferry terminal between Honshu and Shikoku
in 1910.
By 1930 it had become the first trading port in Okayama and was designated as one of the important ports in the country in 1951.
Now, it has been refurbished as a major port for passenger boats.

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2.08.2011

Nature and history of Tamano Google-Map




View Guide Map to Historic Sights in Tamano in a larger map


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2018.04. MITSUI E&S STARTING
A wellspring of new solutions.

Mitsui E&S group will evolve into an engineering team that creates social value.

Top Message
To become an engineering team that creates social value for the next 100 years, we are introducing some major innovations. In April 2018, we took a new step by reorganizing into a holding company structure and changing our name from the Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Group to the Mitsui E&S Group. Reorganizing the three business segments of the former MES Group, namely the Ship & Ocean Project segment, the Machinery & Systems segment and the Engineering segment, into operating companies under the holding company structure, we will strive to further boost their respective value by accelerating strategic planning and implementation, making flexible changes in strategies in light of shifts in the operating environment, executing bold strategies such as mergers and acquisitions or business tie-ups with outside companies, and refining our business focus. At the same time, as a holding company, Mitsui E&S Holdings will strive to strengthen collaboration among individual operating companies with increased business independence and with other companies in the Group. Mitsui E&S Holdings will also work to develop management plans and strategies for the overall Group so as to build an organic sense of unity based on close links among the Group companies, and to concentrate its management resources on the three business domains defined as growth areas in the Group’s long-term vision, with a view to increasing its corporate value and growth potential and securing stable profitability. The Mitsui E&S Group, which was founded as a shipbuilder, has evolved into an engineering group with more than 100 affiliates in Japan and overseas. The Group will provide solutions to the needs of the market and society by working together to combine its diverse resources and products and maximize its strengths.

Takao Tanaka
President / Representative Director & CEO


Corporate Info:

Mitsui E&S Holdings CO., Ltd.:
Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd. (hereinafter called the former MES Group) started its business in 1917 as a shipbuilding department of Mitsui & Co. in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture.

History
Since established in 1917 as the Shipbuilding Division of Former Mitsui & Co. in Tamano City (Presently), Okayama Pref. its shipbuilding technology has been diversified, developed and extensively applied to many fields, such as production of industrial machinery production diesel engines, chemical plants construction, social infrastructure projects including bridges, logistic systems, i container cranes and environmental equipments.
Launching Ceremonies of the Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding are carried out at the Tamano Works (shipyard) of Tamano City, Okayama Pref. regularly.

Mitsui E&S Holdings Co., Ltd.:
Welcome to the Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd.
Tamano Works (shipyard) always opens its launching ceremonies to the public.
Why don’t you visit the launching ceremony of a large ship to witness her birth.


Access:
By car from UNO Port 15 minutes

For reference
Search BLG: 
Tourism Center: Tel 0863-21-3486 e-mail: info@tamanokankou.com
Uno Port- Object of Black sea bream
Tamano lyceum, The planning under construction


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Tamahime Shrine

This region once had coves, and the boulder in Tamahime Shrine once stood on the shore. People moored their boats to this boulder and often visited here.
It is said that, one night, three fireballs burst out from this boulder.
The first flew to Garyu Inari Shrine ; the second one flew to Saidaiji Temple and the third one flew to Ushimado.
Tamahime Shrine is dedicated to the Toyotama Princess Otohime of Ryugu Castle from the famous story.


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Ukou Railway Ferry Ruins

When the Ukou Railway Ferry between Honshu and Shikoku was opened in 1910, Uno Port became one of the most important ferry terminals in Japan.
With the opening of the Seto Ohashi in 1988, Ukou Tailway Ferry service ended.
Only the remains of the second berth are left now at Uno Port.


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The conservation of an old Tamano Electric Train.

Binan Electric Tramway was opened in 1953, but fell into disuse in 1972.
This old train car is displayed in the “Comprehensive Health Center”at Okutama, which was the last stop on the line.


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Mt.Takabe has hilly districts.

You can get a fine view of Naoshima, Shodoshima and Teshima Island from Mt.Takabe.
It also has a trekking course, which takes about 40 minutes to complete.



View from Mt.Takabeyama

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