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NYK Offers Students in Yokohama a Peek into the Seafaring Life

On 12 December, NYK seafarers gave a presentation about work and life on an oceangoing vessel to a group at Yokohama Municipal Yokodai Daiichi Elementary School, or Yokodai Daiichi Elementary School. And on 15 December, a similar presentation was provided to students at Yokohama Municipal Eda Minami Junior High School, or Eda Minami Junior High School.

Yokodai Daiichi Elementary School examines numerous careers to help its students learn about various occupations and examines jobs that the students may potentially like to pursue in the future. At this school, an NYK navigator gave a presentation to 98 sixth-grade students on the maritime industry and work in the shipping industry. One student commented, “It was cool that they support our lives.” Another student said, “It was educational to know that they work while communicating in English with people from other countries.”

Presentation at Yokodai Daiichi Elementary School

At Eda Minami Junior High School, career guidance is provided to help students realize potential future paths and achieve independence. This school invites people who are active in and leaders in various jobs to talk about their dreams, joys, and the hardships of working, so that the youths can have the opportunity to think deeply about their future paths. In a presentation to 12 students in their first year of junior high, NYK seafarers demonstrated how to disassemble and assemble an engine. The students were also given the opportunity to engage in ship-maneuvering using a ship-maneuvering simulator. One student commented, “I am now interested in seamanship.” Another student said, “I learnt the importance of cross-cultural communication.”

Presentation at Eda Minami Junior High School.

Engaging in ship-maneuvering using a ship-maneuvering simulator at Eda Minami Junior High School.

Demonstration how to disassemble and assemble an engine at Eda Minami Junior High School.

In recent years, despite increasing demand for seafarers in the world's ocean shipping industry, Japan’s younger generation doesn’t have much awareness of the jobs of seafarers. In fact, the country currently has only 2,200 active oceangoing seafarers.

In response, NYK implemented the NYK Mirai Project* a number of years ago to help the younger generation gain a closer affinity to ships and possibly consider a seafaring life as a potential future career option. Cooperation with Yokodai Daiichi Elementary School and Eda Minami Junior High School is part of this initiative.

In February 2021, NYK released the “NYK Group ESG Story,” which aims to further integrate ESG into the company’s management strategy and promotes activities that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through business activities. In March this year, NYK released the updated “NYK Group ESG Story 2022,” which introduces initiatives for integrating ESG into the Group’s management strategies set forth in the "NYK Group ESG Story" and provides a partial explanation of the Group’s sustainable growth strategy from a long-term perspective. To strongly promote ESG management, NYK will continue to create new value as a sustainable solution provider.

<The NYK Group ESG Story>
A guideline detailing concrete efforts to integrate ESG into management strategies of the NYK Group. Details: https://www.nyk.com/english/news/2021/esg-story_01.html

<The NYK Group ESG Story 2022>
Details: https://www.nyk.com/english/news/2022/20220324_01.html

* NYK Mirai Project
An activity to convey the close connection between the maritime industry and society to the generation that will be responsible for the future, as well as to promote understanding of oceangoing shipping and the work of seafarers involved in it, not only among children but also among stakeholders and the general public. Main activities include presentations by seafarers, work-experience events, terminal tours, and public viewings of ships. For more information on the initiative, see the following link.
Fostering Future Generations

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