Chief Executive Officer

Greetings from the President

写真:代表取締役社長 大賀 俊和

Cherish the spirit of challenge and build a better tomorrow - for the generations of our children and grandchildren

"Now is the time to solve social problems through recycling!
More than 60 years have passed since Yamaichi Metals was founded, and the world has changed drastically. I am reminded of the words of our founder's predecessor, who said that it takes wisdom to keep up with the times.

In the Showa era, especially during the first 35 years of rapid economic growth, mass production of goods was necessary because consumption continued to increase while the economy was becoming more affluent. On the other hand, recycling at that time only had the value of lowering costs.

Today, Japanese society has become so affluent that there is hardly a household without electricity, water, or a refrigerator. At the same time, there is an overabundance of goods that have been produced, so recycling is becoming more valuable than ever before as a way to reduce the burden on the global environment.

Assuming that the amount of electricity used to make aluminum ingots from bauxite is 100%, the amount of electricity used to make recycled aluminum ingots from aluminum scrap is 3%. This is an example of recycling, but reusing what has been made saves energy.

Recycling is a very good way to solve environmental problems. I believe that we can ease the burden on the environment by continuing our recycling method, but I would like to see us face the environmental and social problems and keep challenging ourselves to find a better way of recycling that can contribute to solving them. I will do my best to ensure that the earth remains in a healthy state for our children and grandchildren's generation.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Toshikazu Oga




Through the effective utilization of resources, we strive for harmony with the environment.

I believe that a company is a living thing. Because of this, environmental problems are important issues that we cannot ignore. It is therefore our mission to protect the earth, animals, nature, fossil fuels, forests, etc., and we must take action to avoid wasting limited metal resources, etc. Japan is an industrialized country that is practically devoid of resources, and nothing would make me happier than to be able to prevent our country from getting any poorer and pass a better Japan on to the next generation.

We strive to contribute to and coexist with society and local communities.

The self-supporting efforts of individual companies won’t be enough to achieve a sustainable society in the 21st century. Through our aluminum recycling business, we have constantly emphasized the importance of achieving mutual growth with our customers. We also strive to build good relationships with municipalities, companies, and other stakeholders in fields that include environmental planning in order to work on creating systems that will help us build a sustainable society.

We contribute to Japan’s industrial development to help connect us to the next generation.

In a field where resource recovery was once said to be impossible, we pursued extensive surveys, research, and development to hone our technical capabilities. Our technological development was ignored at first, but we gradually made improvements and eventually achieved aluminum resource recovery that would be useful to anyone. We will continue striving to contribute to Japan’s industrial development in the pursuit of technological innovations that lead to the next generation.


Company overview

Company Name Yamaichi Metal Corp.
Founded on May 15th, 1961
Head office address 〒411-0945 715 Honjuku, Nagaizumi, Sunto District, Shizuoka Prefecture 411-0945
TEL 055-972-2577
FAX 055-972-9200
Capital 98,250,000 yen
Executives Toshikazu Oga (CEO), Takehisa Oga (Senior Managing Director), Makoto Oga (Managing Director), and one more
No. of employees 63
No. of patents obtained 11
No. of patents applied for 10


1953 Individual non-ferrous metal wholesaler business established in Kayamachi (in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture)
1958 Relocated to Kobaracho (in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture)
1959 Started full-scale operations at the above location
1961 Incorporated as a company
1968 Changed to a joint-stock company
1982 Relocated to Nagaizumi (in Sunto District, Shizuoka Prefecture)
1983 Started manufacturing secondary aluminum alloys and cast/die-cast materials
1985 Started recycling used aluminum cans and aluminum laminate foil
1996 Selected by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (currently the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) as a company in charge of “waste-application development/expansion implementation business” and conducted empirical technical research on the recovery of resources from aluminum foil, etc.
1996 Joined the Japan Aluminum Can Recycling Association
1997 Had our business plan for “SME New Business Activity Promotion Act research and development” approved by Shizuoka Prefecture and established a mass-production plant and raw-material recovery and collection method
2003 Had our company’s recycling introduced on the Japan Aluminium Association’s website in an article covering the front line of aluminum-foil recycling
2006 Production-facility expansion: aluminum-pellet production quantity of 3,000 tons/month achieved
2008 Obtained ISO 14001 certification (2004 version)
2009 Developed and achieved the practical application of technology for separating the body (aluminum 3004) and lid (aluminum 5182) from used aluminum cans
2015 Production-facility expansion: aluminum-pellet production quantity of 4,000 tons/month achieved
2018 Obtained ISO 14001 certification (2015 version)



1971, an ambitious 16-year-old boy


1991, Phoenix Plant


2018, Phoenix Plant