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new July 7, 2021 FUCHIGAMI Masanori Fiscal 2021 Governor’s Award for Merit

(Award Ceremony was held on May 7, 2021)

Fiscal 2021 Governor’s Award for Merit

June 10, 2021 Obtained ISO 45001

Obtained ISO 45001

June 10, 2021 Yuichi OMAGARI 2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch Runner

On May 9, 2021 Yuichi OMAGARI (Machining Section, Omuragata Manufacturing Department) was an Olympic Torch Runner in the city of Ureshino. The Olympic torch he carried and the uniform he wore will be on display at the entrance to the Company Headquarter Office until the end of June.

Yuichi OMAGARI  2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch Runner

Mar. 22, 2021 Clean-up Activity: “Zero Trash in the Ocean Week”

We participated in this project, which is a joint project of the Nippon Foundation and the Ministry of Environment, after receiving an invitation to take part in the event from the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association. Once again this year a total of 69 people from our company and 26 children (total of 95 people) took part in the clean-up activity between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at Nanaura Seaside Sports Park, during which time they were able to collect a large amount of garbage from the area surrounding the park.

Drone aerial photography in the Toa Koki plant

Apr. 14&15, 2021 Drone aerial photography in the Toa Koki plant.

The images will be posted to the company website. (Cooperation: Kyushu Electric Power Co, Inc.)

Drone aerial photography in the Toa Koki plant Drone aerial photography in the Toa Koki plant
Drone aerial photography in the Toa Koki plant
Drone aerial photography in the Toa Koki plant

Mar. 24, 2021 The cherry blossoms at Toa Koki Tanda factory are once again in full bloom this year.

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Mar. 23, 2021 Mr. Kenichi Uematsu Awards Ceremony for winning the “Fighting Spirit Award” in the 31st National Skills Grand Prix. Award presented by Saga Prefectural Governor Yamaguchi Yoshinori. (venue: Saga Prefectural Building)

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【Saga Prefectural Government Building】Skills Grand Prix awards ceremony where Setsuko Kanetake (left) was presented with the Prime Minister’s Award and Kenichi Uematsu (right) was presented with the “Fighting Spirit” Award by Saga Governor Yoshinori Yamaguchi.


Feb. 04, 2021 Mr. Kenichi Uematsu participated in the 31st National Skills Grand Prix (lathe event) (venue: Kansai Human Resources Development Promotion Center)

Result: “Fighting Spirit Award”


Dec. 08, 2020 The “Fuigo Festival”

The “Fuigo (“bellows”) Festival” is a ceremony performed on November 8th (according to the formerly used lunar calendar) during which people involved in jobs having to do with fire, such as blacksmiths, metal casters and founders, and others that use bellows in their occupations purify their bellows and make offerings of thanks to the “Sun God” as a way to pray for continued safety on the job.
In accordance with the “O-hi Taki” festival (another religious rite having to do with fire) held at Yutoku Inari Shrine in the city of Kashima (Saga Prefecture, Japan) on December 8th, Toa Koki holds its Fuigo Festival on the same day.

The “Fuigo Festival The “Fuigo Festival

Nov. 09, 2020 Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Prize Contemporary Master Craftsmen (outstanding technicians)

Foundry Mr. Masanori Fuchikami
Awards ceremony: November 19, 2020 Saga Prefectural Office

PDF:Article in SAGA SHIMBUN[Nov.7, 2020]


May.30,2020 Clean-up Activity: “Zero Trash in the Ocean Week”

We participated in this project, which is a joint project of the Nippon Foundation and the Ministry of Environment, after receiving an invitation to take part in the event from the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association. Approximately 60 people from our company took part in the clean-up activity between 8 a.m. and around 9 a.m. at Nanaura Seaside Sports Park, during which time they were able to collect a large amount of garbage from the area surrounding the park.

“Zero Trash in the Ocean Week
“Zero Trash in the Ocean Week

Jun.28,2020 The following officers were appointed at the annual general meeting of shareholders held on January 25, 2020.

Executive Managing Director Hirofumi Yamamoto(Promotion to new position)
Director Toshiaki Tanaka (New)
Director Tokioki Aino (New)
Adviser Kosuke Sakaguchi (Director, retired)
Technical Adviser Shinji Miyamoto (Director, retired)


Aug.26,2019 Result of "Special match in Saga of all Japan manufacturers' spinning-top competition" which was competed with 12 teams on Aug 25(Sunday). "TOA KOKI team Yokota" won the first prize!

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Aug.24,2019 "SAGA MONOSUGO Festa 2019" was closed successfully!

"Let's challenge to form Mutsugorou by metal casting" which was managed by TOA KOKI, it was successful thanks to 381 visitors on Aug 24 (Saturday)

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Aug.23,2019 Mr. Kenichi Uematsu was awarded "Saga monozukuribito commendation ceremony having just finished flying in the fourth world".

cannon nameplate

new Aug.5,2019 Completion of the cannon nameplate.

To commemorate the transfer of the company headquarters and all industrial operations from the Yokota Factory to the Tanda Factory in 2004, master craftsman Shinichiro Ide cast a nameplate for the “Saga Domain 150-pound cannon (reconstructed)” that was installed in front of the new headquarters at the Tanda site. The nameplate, which includes information about the history of the cannon, was cast in May 2019 at the Yokota Factory. It was then mounted on the cannon after refinishing work on the cannon was completed.

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The Saga Doman was in charge of protecting the port of Nagasaki since 1642 (the year Kanei 1 according to the Japanese calendar). However, in 1804 (Bunka 1) the Russian Rezanov delegation arrived by ship and in 1808 (Bunka 5) the English Royal Navy ship Phaeton entered Nagasaki harbor. Both of these incidents led to a military defensive buildup at the port of Nagasaki.

The 10th daimyo of the Saga Domain, Nabeshima Naomasa, was keenly aware of the need to utilize Western-style cannons as part of the increased defenses at the port of Nagasaki, and in 1850 (Kaei 3) he had a reverberatory furnace constructed at Tsuiji (the site of present-day Nisshin Elementary School) in order to attempt to construct the first iron cannons in Japan.

In 1853 (Kaei 6) ships commanded by American Commodore Perry arrived at Uraga, Japan. In the aftermath of this incident, the Bakufu (central) government sent an order to the Saga Domain for cannons that were to be installed along the battery at Shinagawa in order to provide increased defense of Edo harbor. In order to fill this order, the Saga Domain constructed an additional official government reverberatory furnace at Tafuse (a model of this furnace stands at the North Gate of Saga Railway Station). By 1856 (Ansei 3) twenty-five 24-pound cannons and twenty-five 36-pound cannons had been delivered and three additional 150-pound cannons were given as presents to the Bakufu government. Unfortunately, only one of these cannons is extant today.

This 150-pound cannon was recreated based on designs that are thought to have been used in 1856 (Ansei 3) to construct the first Armstrong cannons in Japan. It was made in July 2004 to commemorate the transfer of all of Toi Koki’s operations from the Yokota Factory to the Tanda Factory.


Jun.21,2019 Toa Koki celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding.


Jun.9,2019 Clean-up Activity: “Zero Trash in the Ocean Week”

We participated in this project, which is a joint project of the Nippon Foundation and the Ministry of Environment, after receiving an invitation to take part in the event from the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association. Approximately 60 people from our company took part in the clean-up activity between 8 a.m. and around 9 a.m. at Nanaura Seaside Sports Park, during which time they were able to collect a large amount of garbage from the area surrounding the park.

“Zero Trash in the Ocean Week”
“Zero Trash in the Ocean Week”

May.21,2019 Mr. Wataru Mitsutake was presented with the Medal with Yellow Ribbon award by Japanese Government.

Yellow Ribbon award

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May.6.2019 The "Family Gratitude Day in Commemoration of the 75th Year since the Founding of the Company"

The participants (approximately 930 employees and their family members) enjoyed a day of touring the plant, making keyholders, and a variety of other activities.

May.6.2019 Family Gratitude Day
May.6.2019 Family Gratitude Day
May.6.2019 Family Gratitude Day

Aug.24.2018 A video of Toa Koki as a model corporation for the project known as "Toward the Promotion of General Employer Action Plans under the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace" can be found on the Saga Prefectural Government website (link to YouTube).

Youtube: "Toward the Promotion of General Employer Action Plans under the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace"


July.23.2018 Toa Koki was listed in Kagayake! Funejo★, Volume 2 of the Case File for the Initiatives for the Promotion of Women’s Participation in Maritime Industry Workplaces (published by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).

Article:published by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

PDF:Kagayake! Funejo★, Volume 2


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