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Completion of the Tokuyama Refinery

As a postwar petroleum policy, Japan adopted the method of refining oil in the market where it was consumed-that is, importing crude oil and refining it into products in Japan-with the intended course being one of gradually reducing and then eventually eliminating allocation of foreign currency to imports of oil products.
Immediately after being named a primary oil distributor, Idemitsu began preparations toward construction of a refinery. After receiving disposal of the former site of a Japan Navy fuel depot in the city of Tokuyama in Yamaguchi Prefecture, in March 1957 it completed the Tokuyama Refinery.
The Tokuyama Refinery under construction
The Tokuyama Refinery under construction
Major highlights of this refinery were its state-of-the-art automated equipment and the green belt planted around the perimeter of the facility-an initiative in plant greenification and beautification at a time before concerns had arisen about pollution-related problems. The color schemes of the refinery's equipment and structures were chosen to be in harmony with the surrounding scenery as well.
The Tokuyama Refinery under construction
The Tokuyama Refinery under construction
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