BP in Japan
BP has been in Japan for over half a century, helping satisfy the energy needs of the world’s third largest economy
What we doBP first opened its Japan office in 1960 to supply marine fuels and lubricants. Since then, it has expanded its operations across the energy mix.
Whilst BP has no exploration activities in Japan, we work together with Japanese energy companies and trading houses in oil and gas projects in all the major hydrocarbon basins worldwide. In particular, we participate in six LNG projects in SE Asia, Australasia, the Middle East and the Americas, helping supply the world’s largest LNG market.
Oil & Gas Supply & Trading
BP has the largest foreign trading presence in Japan, supplying crude, oil products and LNG to Japanese and North Asian customers. The oil trading team also works with Japanese oil companies across Asia-Pacific, as well as with the utilities to help meet Japan’s primary energy demand.
BP markets its automotive and industrial lubricants under the Castrol and BP brands through retail stores, car workshops and machinery manufacturers. BP also supplies Japanese shipping companies with their fuel and lubricants both in Japan and overseas, as well as petrochemicals to Japanese manufacturers across the region.
Our people and partnersBP has around 250 employees in 7 offices across Japan.
We value the long term relationships that we have built over the past 50 years with the Japanese Government and with our partners, suppliers and customers in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors. By engaging with these key stakeholders, we understand the importance of security of supply to Japan’s economic prosperity and work actively with our partners to offer them continued access to diverse and secure resources.
Community investmentWe continue to invest in community programmes that are relevant to local needs. Our focus has been on programs related to Education, the Environment and English. Over the years, we have supported internship programmes for university students and educational support programmes for high school students.
We are regularly invited to speak at events hosted by the Government, research institutions, industrial bodies and NGOs – on subjects as diverse as technology, risk management and climate change – and we host an annual conference on the global energy supply-demand balance.
Following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, we donated funds to the Japan Red Cross for the East Japan Disaster relief and our staff have been working as volunteers to support local relief and reconstruction efforts in the affected areas.