Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. engages in the development, sale, production and exploration of oil, natural gas, and other energy resources. It operates through the following regional segments: Japan, North America, Europe, Middle East, and Others. The Japan segment deals with the exploration, development, production, purchase, sale, and transport of crude oil and natural gas; manufacture, purchase, sale, and transport of petroleum products; and contract operation of drilling wells. The North America segment handles the exploration, development, production, purchase, and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and bitumen. The Europe segment explores crude oil and natural gas exploration in Europe. The Middle East segment manages the development works of crude oil and natural gas in the middle east. The Others segment includes operations in Southeast Asia. It also conducts contract service-related operations such as drilling. The company was founded in December 1955 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.