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Share our Excitement & Join our Journey

Welcome to the travel blog of Rotary District 5580's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team which will embark on an exciting five week goodwill / vocational exchange to Nagoya, Japan in November, 2009.

Here, our hybrid American-Canadian team of enthusiastic and adventurous young professionals, along with our lovely, talented and fearless team leader, will share cultural experiences and engage in unique vocational learning opportunities.

If you have come to this site, you are likely: a Rotarian, family member, friend or colleague of one of the team members, or... are just plain blog-curious. Either way, we encourage you to check our site often to learn about us, follow our progress as a team and of course, keep in touch as we explore Japan.

We thank Rotary in advance for the adventure of a life time and to all readers, we invite you to share our excitement and join our journey.


GSE Team Japan 2009








GSEチーム ジャパン 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Canadian Raw Materials at Nippon Steel Corp (by Julie)

Nippon Steel Corp is a massive steel company our GSE team visited today (November 18). The company is 45 years old and produces steel to supply Japan`s auto industry. The plant creates thin and thick sheets of steel for the auto industry, pipes and also tin cans for the storage of food. In two furnances the size of mountains (at least in my opinion), the plant can process 20,000 tons of iron per day. One hundred per cent of the raw materials used by the plant are imported from Canada, Brazil and Australia. It was interesting to note that the company like all the Japanese companies we've visited, are serious when it comes to the environment. Nippon Steel Corp is surrounded by over 300,000 trees, re-uses and recycles any products it can, uses ventilation systems in its furances to control CO2 emissions and continually looks for new ways to improve its processes through technology.

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