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11, 01. 2004
Petroleum industry organizations
Petroleum Association of Japan (PAJ)

PAJ is composed of 17 oil companies engaged in the refining and/or marketing of oil. On its website, a variety of oil industry data as well as overview of the industry in Japan are introduced in English.

Main members
Nippon Oil
Merged Mitsubishi Oil in 1999, it became the largest of refining and sales in the industry. Tie-up with Cosmo Oil and PetroChina.
Oil and nonferrous metal company that Japan Energy and Nippon Mining & Metals jointly established as their holding company in 2002. (NIPPON MININIG HOLDINGS) (Japan Energy)
Showa Shell Sekiyu
Distributor of gasoline, kerosene, and other oil, belonging to Royal Dutch/Shell Group. Saudi Aramco has invested the company since 2004, becoming the 2nd largest shareholder of the firm.
TonenGeneral Sekiyu
Formed in 2000 by the merger of Tonen Corporation and General Sekiyu. ExxonMobil is its largest shareholder.
Idemitsu Kosan
The fourth largest oil distributor in the domestic market. The company mainly deals with gasoline retailing, refining, and lubricants.
Cosmo Oil
One of the major companies of oil refining and sales. Cosmo was formed through a merger among 3 oil firms, Daikyo Oil, Maruzen Oil and former Cosmo Oil in 1986.
The competent authorities
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Responsible for energy industry, including petroleum. Preliminary report on petroleum statistics are released.
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
Described overview of oil industry today and government policy of oil in English with various data.
Other organizations related to the industry
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
Organization formed for the purpose of supporting Japanese companies engaged in exploration and development.
The Japan Petroleum Institute (JPI)
Creating linkage among oil industry with academic and government organizations, sharing to solve problems that the industry encounters.

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