Japan Boat Associations

Japan Boat Associations

Japan Boat Associations


Japan Boating Industry Association (JBIA):

Address : -1,2-chome,Ginza,Chuo-ku,Tokyo
Zip : 104-0061
Country : Japan
Phone : 03-3567-6707
Fax : 03-3567-0635
Website : www.marine-jbia.or.jp

Started as the Japan Boating Voluntary Organization in February 1962, the Japan Boating Industry Association (JBIA) was established in May 1970 for the purpose of promoting the healthy growth of the marine leisure and sports industries. Soon after, in June 1970, it was granted the status of a public service corporation by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), former Ministry of Transport (MOT) Government of Japan.

Since then, JBIA has been involved in various activities such as the popularization and promotion of boating, technological improvements in boats, improvement of the safety of boating, education and organizing boat shows, and celebrated 30th anniversary in May 2000. Number of full members are 28 and associate members are 106 as of May 16, 2007.

JBIA aims the purpose of the organization is to promote a sound grows of marine industry and then contribute to the public welfare. JBIA fulfills this mission with the following activities.

  1. Expanding the marine market in Japan and abroad.
  2. Organizing the boat shows and popularizing and promotion of boating.
  3. Improving the technical issues relevant to boats.
  4. To keep safety of boats and smooth utilization of boats.
  5. Collecting and distributing information on marine industry.
  6. Lobbying to the government agencies and other organizations to present specific opinions.
  7. Implementing other activities that are essential to attain the objectives of JBIA


Japan Marine Equipment Association:

Address : Kaiyo Senpaku Building, 15-16, Toranomon 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Zip : 105-0001
Country : Japan
Phone : +81-  (03)-3502-2041
Fax : +81-  (03)-3591-2206

Japan Marine Equipment Association(JSMEA, a nonprofit body) is organized by those enterprises engaged in manufactures, repairs and sales of marine propulsion engines and various auxiliary ship machinery such as pumps, air compressors, oil purifiers, heat exchangers, cargo and mooring winches, anchor windlasses, deck cranes, steering gears, navigational aids, fittings and accessories, and presently incorporates a total of 219 regular corporate members and 50 organizations of supporting members. (As of October, 2007)

The scope of the activities of the Association includes, but is not limited to, the following items.

Research related to business administration and technology in the ship machinery industry:

  • Research concerning the rationalization of production, adaptation to new technologies, improvement of the working environment, assurance of fair business practices, and the restructuring of the industry
  • Sponsorship of short courses on the handling of ship machinery and pollution prevention
  • Promotion of ship machinery standardization
  • Leasing of machinery and equipment for the modernization of production facilities
  • Gathering of information, research on the realities of ship machinery manufacturing, and compilation of statistics

Activities to promote the inter-nationalization of the ship machinery industry:

  • Inquiry information services
  • Participation in international maritime exhibitions, and overseas public relations and publicity through Jsmea News and other publications
  • Promotion of international cooperation by sponsoring seminars on ship machinery technology abroad
  • Research on overseas markets and importation of machinery parts from abroad

Other activities:

  • Liaison and coordination with other trade associations related to shipbuilding and ship machinery manufacturing
  • Petitions to the government to vitalize the industry


Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA):

Address : Round Cross Akasaka, 2-10-9 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Zip : 107-0052
Country : Japan
Phone : +81-3-5575-6425
Fax : +81-3-5114-8940
Website : www.jstra.jp

In April 2005, Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA) was established by the merger of three associations:

Shipbuilding Research Association of Japan (established in 1952)
Japan Marine Standards Association (established in 1969)
Japanese Association of the Ship Scrapping Promotion (established in 1978)

JSTRA, providing a platform for tight cooperation among the industry, learned society and government in maritime cluster, contributes toward maritime safety, marine environment protection and development of maritime industries in the world through the effective execution of the above three objectives.


The Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan:

Website : www.sajn.or.jp

The Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan (SAJ) was established as an unincorporated organization in 1947. Subsequently, it has grown both in name and in substance, as shipbuilding companies in Japan gradually became better equipped for the construction of large oceangoing vessels. In August 1951, the association acquired juridical status as an incorporated association under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport (the predecessor of today’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport).

The Shipbuilders' Association of Japan (SAJ) is Organization of Shipbuilding and Shiprepairing Companies in Japan. As of 1st January 2009, SAJ’s membership consisted of 20 member companies, 1member association and 1 associate member company.

The SAJ’s articles of association prescribe that “the objectives are to foster friendship among the members, promote the common interest of the members to assist in the sound development of shipbuilding and thereby contribute to enhancing the well-being of the related industries and the public welfare.” To achieve these objectives, the association engages in the following activities within the extent permitted by law:

Fostering friendship and good communication among the members;

Collecting and putting in order reference materials and information regarding the shipbuilding industry;

Carrying out various surveys and research projects regarding the shipbuilding industry;

Expressing opinions regarding the shipbuilding industry to the government, the National Diet and other quarters concerned, and

Other necessary affairs for the achievement of the objectives of the association.


The Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc:

Address : Wajun Bldg. 3F, Koishikawa 2-22-2, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Zip : 112-0002
Country : Japan
Website : www.jseinc.org


Japan Hydrographic Association (JHA):

Address : Dai-Ichi Sogo Bldg. 6F, 1-6-6, Haneda-Kuko, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Zip : 144-0041
Country : Japan
Phone : +81-(0)3-5708-7091
Fax : +81-(0)3-5708-7094
Website : www.jha.or.jp

The hydrographic service in Japan was started in 1871. Over a long period of time, shipping circles in Japan have made steady and remarkable progress, however, the need is now arising for more sufficient hydrographic services, that is, further development of techniques in hydrography and supply of a wider variety of nautical charts and publications.

More recently, ocean exploitation and environmental assessment have become the important national projects to be promoted, and these have created afresh a necessity for consolidation and expansion of holdings of basic scientific data concerning the ocean and their more effective utilization by analyses. Meanwhile, the needs for hydrographic surveys and oceanographic observations are increasing year after year, and there is a keen demand for raising the technical levels of private firms which are engaging in these operations.

In the circumstances, it has become fully realized that the hydrographic services by the government alone can no longer cope sufficiently with these various necessities. Indeed, it is an urgent task to make practical applications of basic data to the increasing demand and to take a timely step as the occasion demands for hydrographic services. In view of this situation, the Japan Hydrographic Association was founded in March 1971.


International Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ):

Address : 6th Floor Nishishinbashi Excel Bldg., 20-10, Nishishinbashi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Zip : 105-0003
Country : Japan
Phone : +81-3-3580-0833
Fax : +81-3-5501-2620
Website : http://www.immaj.jp
Founded on : 17th May 1984


To establish fair and effective crewing systems as well as to assist in strengthening the international competitiveness of its members, thereby contributing to the development of the Japanese maritime industry.


  1. Provide healthy, competent and honest Japanese, as well as foreign, crewmembers for Japanese shipowners.
  2. Improve the working environment and living conditions for all crewmembers.
  3. Improve on-board safety for the benefit of Japanese shipowners.
  4. Take into account the local culture and welfare system and closely cooperate with agencies in every supply country at the time of setting terms and conditions.
  5. Closely liaise with relevant authorities, trade unions and other relevant organizations in order to preserve/disseminate traditional and invaluable maritime techniques maintained by Japanese seafarer.

Main Activities

  1. Participate in the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) as a member of the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) and negotiate with the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) for terms and conditions to be applied for foreign seafarers.
  2. Hold discussions with the All Japan Seamen's Union every six months about issues of an international dimension related to the employment of seafarers, including activities by the union, the situation on the owners' side, the employment of Japanese seafarers, etc
  3. Hold a negotiation committee (IBF Local Negotiation Committee) with the All Japan Seamen's Union and negotiate for a collective bargaining agreement for foreign seafarers, including IBF-JSU IMMAJ CA and ITF-JSU/AMOSUP IMMAJ CBA


Japan Maritime Centre (JMC):

Address : Kaiji Center Building Management Department, Kaiji Center Bldg. 4-5, Koji-machi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Zip : 102-0083
Country : Japan
Phone : +81-3(3265)5481
Fax : +81-3(3222)6840
Website : www.jpmac.or.jp

JMC, established in April 2007 with close cooperation of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan, is aiming to be a center to lead Japanese maritime policy. Our purpose is to contribute to the stabilization and improvement of the life of the citizens and to the sound development of the society and economy of Japan. JMC is financially supported by the Japanese Shipowners' Association and Japan Federation of Pilots' Associations.

Major Activities of JMC

To conduct research and propose policies on maritime legislation, maritime economy, maritime industry, maritime labor, safe navigation, marine environment and maritime ideology

  1. To support maritime public entities
  2. To collect and provide maritime information and materials
  3. To attend international conferences on maritime issues
  4. To host study groups, lectures, forums regarding maritime issues
  5. To issue publications regarding maritime affairs


The Japanese Ship Owners Association (JSA):

Address : Kaiun Building, 6-4, Hirakawa-cho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo
Zip : 102-8603
Country : Japan
Phone : 03-3264-7171
Website : www.jsanet.or.jp

The Japanese Shipowners' Association (JSA) is a nationwide maritime organization of Japanese nationals who are owners, charterers and operators of ships with a capacity of100 gross tons and over.

The purpose of the JSA is to promote fair and free business activities in the shipping industry and to contribute to the healthy development of the Japanese shipping.

To accomplish this purpose, the JSA provides a forum to exchange views among members, undertakes various activities such as research, public relations, and production of statistics and data, as well as to express its opinion to related parties concerned.



Japan Shipbrokers Association:

Phone : 03-3561-1335
Fax : 03-3561-1335
Website : www.shipbrokers.jp

Japan, has increased our economic power by developing foreign trade as the country is surrounded by oceans. Members of Japanese Ship brokers association, act as agent and broker for Japanese and non-Japanese shipping companies, consignors and shipyards for chartering, Selling /buying vessels, and arranging projects.

Association is only the group in this industry that acknowledged by a Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport. Association is do our best to contribute the development of Japanese shipping and shipbuilding industries by having meetings with relative organizations, offering brokers to join our association, and arranging lectures etc. We will try to have many people know about our association in order to have them understand and support ship broking business. Your support to our association is also very much appreciated.


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