Nihon Yusen

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The NYK building in Yokohama, originally built in 1936, and today housing the NYK Maritime Museum
  • Japanese: 日本郵船会社 (Nihon yûsen kaisha)

Nihon Yûsen Kaisha (lit. "Japan Mail Shipping Company"), NYK, was the largest government-subsidized shipping company in Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It remains an extremely prominent company today, as does Osaka Shôsen Kaisha (OSK), long the country's second-largest government-subsidized shipping company.

Kawasaki Shôzô became vice-president of NYK in 1874. In 1881, the company built a shipyard at Tsukiji in Tokyo.[1]


  • William Wray, Greg Kennedy, ed., The Merchant Marine in International Affairs, 1850-1950 (London: Frank Cass, 2000), 59.
  1. Plaque at Kawasaki's birthplace, in Kagoshima.[1]