Aramco Asia Japan (AAJ) supports “Sekiyu no Sekaikan,” meaning "Petroleum Museum," located in Akiha-ku (the former Niitsu), Niigata, 300km northwest of Tokyo. It is Japan’s only museum that specializes in oil industry.
It is barely known that Japan, whose degree of dependence on imported oil nowadays exceeds 99%, was once an energy self-sufficient country. In fact, while Saudi Aramco first discovered commercial quantity of oil in 1938, the first drilling of oil in Niigata dates back in 1600s, three centuries earlier.
AAJ’s invitation to a partnership was in recognition of the local government’s effort to promote history and culture of oil by treasuring and documenting the heritage of oil industry and the people engaged.