Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Fumio Ito) held a ceremony on November 15 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its export of a Vinylon plant to China in Beijing, where the plant was constructed.
The ceremony was attended by approximately 200 people, including guests from the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Embassy of Japan in China. Lectures were given by Kenichiro Ohara, the director of the Ohara Museum of Art and son of Soichiro Ohara (Kuraray's second president), and Reiko Kaneda, a visiting associate professor at Waseda University who is conducting research on Soichiro Ohara. A round-table discussion was also held by persons involved in plant export from Japan to China at that time.
When a survey group from the Chinese chemical industry visited Japan in 1958, it proposed the export of a Vinylon plant with the goal of increased production for consumer textiles, which led to the beginning of negotiations. At that time, diplomatic relations between Japan and China had not yet been restored, so exporting a plant to China was an unprecedented act. However, in June 1963 Kuraray concluded a plant export contract for the integrated production of Poval and Vinylon. This was the first export of a plant to China based on the Liao-Takasaki Agreement that was concluded in November 1962 between Japan and China.
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