Message from the President

Japan Port Consultants, Ltd. was founded in 1961 as the only specialist group in Japan to take on the rapid development of port and harbor, coastal, and airport infrastructure.

Since then, as the only specialist group in Japan, we have developed a proven track record and expert knowledge in the field of port and harbor, coastal, and airport infrastructure, from survey, planning, and design to construction supervision, both in Japan and overseas.

However, as we mark the 61st year since our founding, we understand that much is different today; we are now in the midst of dramatic changes.

Rapid changes are occurring across fields which were once unimaginable. The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the intensification of various international conflicts, and widening inequalities are some examples. The infrastructure field is no exception. Previously unanticipated large-scale natural disasters due to intensifying climate change are causing concern in countries around the world, affecting both the economies and people’s lives. Developments in AI, digital transformation (DX), and robotics technologies are creating disruptive innovations that have the potential to fundamentally change the way infrastructure is built and operated.

The nature of human resources and the way they work have also changed dramatically. With the advent of a society in which flexible working styles involving remote work have become more general, the traditional divisions into administrative and technical positions have lost their meaning. They no longer fit corporate activities in our modern era, where diversity in human resources is a source of corporate value.

The succession of expertise has also become critical. In Japan, experts with specialized skills in port and harbor, coastal, and airport infrastructure could once be found in the national and local governments. Today, however, the national and local governments have fewer experts and are becoming less able to respond globally to new changes. In some cases, the situation is such that the succession of expertise is in jeopardy in Japanese public institutions.

In addition, the nature of this expertise has changed significantly. Conventionally, civil engineering skills were required, but now expertise in a wide variety of fields is needed, including in digital, carbon neutral, environmental, economic and legal, international, and psychological fields.

How can we, Japan Port Consultants, Ltd. lead the world in a better direction given the rapidly changing times in which we live, not only globally but also within the social structure of Japan?

As a specialist group in the field of port and harbor, coastal, and airport infrastructure, we must be a leading consultant that can flexibly respond to new changes. In some cases, as a specialist group we will be needed to actively make technical proposals to the national and local governments.

In order to meet these expectations, Japan Port Consultants, Ltd. will utilize its flexibility and mobility as a private company to collaborate not only with the national and local governments of Japan but also with universities and research institutes around the world, as well as with private companies in different industries to incorporate new, diverse technologies. We will spare no effort as we strive to always be a leader in cutting-edge technologies.

In order to promote DX, robotics, and automation in particular, it is essential that we collaborate with domestic and foreign companies that possess advanced technologies in the digital and information processing fields. Japan Port Consultants, Ltd. has entered into technical agreements with companies owning cutting-edge technologies and has begun to introduce advanced technologies to ports in Japan and overseas. Today, we are the only organization in Japan in possession of the most advanced technologies in the digital and information processing fields.

Furthermore, we aim to become a leading consultant in Japan in terms of introducing new ways of working.

Japan Port Consultants, Ltd. is led by our diverse group of employees. Our employees come from a wide range of sectors including digital, carbon neutral, environmental, economic and legal, international, and psychological fields. At Japan Port Consultants, Ltd., we will achieve diversity and inclusion by rediscovering and nurturing our own creativity and practical skills, building on our diverse human resources and wide-ranging knowledge, enjoying and absorbing global changes and new technologies, and proactively applying them.

These challenges and our diverse human resources are the pride of Japan Port Consultants, Ltd.

We will respond flexibly to the new era and take on the challenges of new social needs, utilizing our diverse human resources across a wide range of fields to contribute to and earn the trust of society, both domestically and internationally.

Japan Port Consultants, Ltd. wishes the medical professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, to all of those affected, and to the people of the world the best of luck.

April 2022

Koji Takahashi

President & Representative Director
Doctor of Engineering