Total in Japan


Creation of a Japanese representation of the CFP

The CFP (French Oil Company) decided to open a Japanese representation in the mid-1950s. This decision followed an examination of Japanese evolution and its rapid start after the Pacific War. With its accelerated industrial development, without regional competition, and with American support, devoid of own resources, the country’s supply of long-term resources had become a fixed idea. The attention of the Japanese authorities has obviously focused first on the Middle East since there are the largest reserves of liquid hydrocarbons, and on the main actors (in particular oil companies and national companies).


1956 - 1973

  • 1956, the CFP secures a first contract to sell 300,000 tonnes of crude oil to Japan.

  • 1963, the CFP signs a contract to sell crude oil with a Japanese refiner for 2.3 MT/year. In 1968 this tonnage will reach 8 million.

  • 1964, the CFP enters into an agreement to sell crude oil to Nippon Mining and will help this Japanese company to expand its Mizushima refinery.

  • 1972, Total signs a sales protocol from 1976 and over 20 years 3 MT of LNG in Japan from ADMA.

  • 1973, the Japanese, in a consortium called Overseas Petroleum Corp, takes a stake in ADMA.

1974 - 1989

  • 1983, Sanofi forms two joint ventures in Japan with the pharmaceutical companies Meijisei-ka Kaisha and Taisho Pharmaceutical.


Sanofi laboratories of bio industry in Tokyo
Sanofi laboratories of bio industry in Tokyo. DR TOTAL


  • 1986, Atochem and Toray sign an agreement to expand collaboration in Japan on technical polymers.

  • 1987, Atochem starts an oxygenated water unit with Dai Nippon of 200,000 tonnes per year in Hokkaido.

  • 1988, Petrofina and Sigma Coatings establish a joint venture in Japan with a subsidiary of Sumitomo, Shinto, to produce marine and anti-corrosion paints.

  • 1989, Total launches the construction of two 136,000-tonne vessels in Japan; its fleet consists of eight vessels totalling 1.47 Mtpl. The fleet for petroleum products is eleven vessels with a deadweight of 380,000 tonnes.

Inauguration of the oil tanker Antinea
Inauguration of the oil tanker Antinea. DR TOTAL


  • 1989, Sanofi and Daiichi Seiyaku, Ticlid licensee in Japan, signs a partnership agreement to create joint ventures in Europe and Japan.

1990 - 1999

  • 1990, Sanofi and the Japanese company Fuji Rebio sign a joint venture agreement on the marketing of Diagnostics products on the Japanese market.

  • 1991, Sanofi signs an agreement with the Japanese company  Daïchi for the development of the NDS immuno-analysis machine.

  • 1992, Elf Atochem acquires the Japanese company Akishima specialist in PVC additives.

  • 1999, Atotech launches a new site in Singapore and an extension of its Koda site in Japan.

2000 - 2019

  • 2002, TotalFinaElf, in association with 8 Japanese companies, participates in the development of a new fuel, the DME (dimethyl-ether), through its participation in two DME Dev companies. and DME International. The first, funded by METI, has launched the construction of a 100t/d pilot plant on Hokkaido Island, the other is studying the feasibility of a commercial unit and assessing the potential market for EMR as fuel in Asia.

  • 2003, Total starts a pilot plant for the production of dimethyl ether.

  • 2008, Total inaugurates an 80 kt/year EMR production facility in Niigata on Honshu Island.


DME plant of Niigata
DME plant of Niigata. DR TOTAL


  • 2011, Total signs an LNG contract with Inpex. Under this agreement, Total will deliver 0.2 Mt/year of LNG to Inpex for 15 years.

  • 2016, TOTAL has initiated the acquisition through Total Solar of projects developed by SunPower in Japan.


Solar fields of Total Solar in Japan
Solar fields of Total Solar in Japan. DR TOTAL