Kokubu's 300 years of progress are the very history of Japanese dietary life.
General historical events
Lord Kira assassinated by a band of 47 ronin (Chushingura incident)
Founding of the KOKUBU GROUP CORP.
Kanbei Kokubu IV opens retail store Daikokuya in Edo Nihombashi and launches a soy sauce brewing operation to supplement involvement in the kimono fabrics trade at this time.
The wise Ooka Tadasuke appointed as town magistrate of Edo
Kanbei Kokubu V moves the Nihombashi Honcho store to Nihombashi Nishigashi.
Soy sauce products brewed at the Tsuchiura plant were labeled with the logo "Kikkodai" consisting of a hexagon with a Chinese character meaning "big" at its center.
The Dutch book "Anatomical Tables" translated by Sugita Genpaku, Maeno Ryotaku, et al.]
A squadron of four ships arrives at Uraga Bay under the command of Commodore Perry
Kanbei Kokubu VIII starts tea trading
Railway service starts between Shinbashi and Yokohama
Soy sauce brewery closed; wholesaling business starts in a wide variety of foodstuffs
The cabinet system established (Hirobumi Ito becomes the first prime minister)
Sales of foodstuffs and canned products start
Electric lights installed in Tokyo
Sales of beer start
The paulownia mark registered as a trademark
Outbreak of Sino-Japanese War
Outbreak of Russo-Japanese War
"I am a Cat" by Natsume Soseki published
K&K registered as the company trademark
Sales of AJI-NO-MOTO start. Sales of CALPIS and synthetic sake also start in 1919 and 1926, respectively.
Publication of industry newsletter, Kokubu Market Report, starts
Sales of 1.8 liter bottled soy sauce start, using Kokubu bottles
Store destroyed in the earthquake; reconstruction work starts immediately; efforts made to supply soy sauce as a daily necessity
Great Kanto Earthquake
End of World War II
KOKUBU TSUKEMONO CO., LTD. Established
The Constitution of Japan comes into force
KOKUBU & Co. and KOKUBU TSUKEMONO CO., LTD. merged to form KOKUBU SHOTEN CO., LTD.
Start of TV broadcasting by NHK and private broadcasting companies
Tokyo Olympic Games held
Tokaido Shinkansen launched
Computer system introduced (IBM1440)
Osaka World Exposition held
Company name changed from KOKUBU SHOTEN CO., LTD.
to the current name KOKUBU & CO., LTD.
Switch to a floating exchange rate for the yen
The first oil crisis
Construction of the headquarters building completed (current Nihombashi headquarters building)
KOKUBU GROCERS CHAIN (KGC), a convenience store chain, launched
Own physical distribution of chilled food products starts
The First Food Distribution Study Group Meeting held
A national consumption tax imposed
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Collapse of the "bubble economy" and steep increase in the number of bankruptcies
The 3OD (One Order, One Delivery) System constructed as a logistics system for consolidated ordering/delivery operations
Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
Information system KOMPASS launched across the Kokubu Group
Annual sales figure for KOKUBU & CO., LTD. (excluding group companies) surpasses one trillion yen (about $13 billion *)
Long-term Care Insurance System introduced
Confection wholesale business starts toward the goal of constructing a full-line setup
9/11 terrorist attacks
To celebrate its 290th anniversary, Kokubu introduces "Heisei no Chomoku," a new Kokubu Credo (serving as both an action charter and a behavioral code)
The 17th FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002 held
The Euro, adopted as single EU currency, goes into circulation
Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake
Sumatra Earthquake & Indian Ocean Tsunami
Capital increased to 3.5 billion yen
The Yashio Distribution Center, the biggest mother ship-type general-purpose center in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, starts operation in the city of Yashio, Saitama Prefecture
The Kyoto Protocol for the prevention of global warming enters into force
KMS, a business and accounting system, installed for business process standardization throughout the Kokubu Group
Kokubu enters into business tie-ups with pharmaceutical wholesalers, to bolster the foundation for intermediate distribution in the fields of food products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and general merchandise
100th anniversary of the "K&K"
trademark Kokubu enters into a business tie-up with a seafood wholesaler to bolster business in the field of processed seafood
The collapse of Lehman Brothers causes a world-wide financial and economic crisis
Kokubu establishes the joint venture San tong Kokubu Trading (Qingdao) Co., Ltd.
to undertake logistics and wholesaling business in China; enters into a business tie-up with Sojitz Corporation in the field of food distribution in Vietnam.
China's GDP ranks second in the world, surpassing Japan
Kokubu enters into a business tie-up with the largest fruit and vegetable wholesaler in Japan, to bolster business in the field of agricultural products Kokubo opens ROJI Nihombashi on 1st floor of headquarters building
Great East Japan Earthquake
Kokubu marks its 300th anniversary,
and launches a new brand "tabete" Distribution Center established in Misato, Saitama Prefec ture and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture
Invests made into QSAI Analysis and Research Center Co., Ltd, an organization specializing in food analysis Business alliance formed with Toyota Tsusho centered around the distribution and international trade of food Acquire ownership of Weifang Sanhui Logistics Ltd. (Shandong Province, Peopleʼs Republic of China) Food Service Operation Center established in Misato, Saitama Prefecture
Alliance formed with Yoma Strategic Holdings, Ltd., (Myanmar) for the refrigerated logistics business.
KOKUBU TRADING SHANGHAI CO., LTD. established in Shanghai, China.
SHANGHAI MINENI FOODS CO, LTD. made a subsidiary of the Group in Shanghai, China.
Kokubu Itabashi General-Purpose Center, Kokubu Ibaraki General-Purpose Center, and Kokubu Sendai General-Pur pose Center established as large general-purpose centers capable of accommodating three temperature zones each.
SHANGHAI MINENI FOODS CO, LTD. made a subsidiary of the Group in Shanghai, China. Kokubu Itabashi General-Purpose Center, Kokubu Ibaraki General-Purpose Center, and Kokubu Sendai General-Pur pose Center established as large general-purpose centers capable of accommodating three temperature zones each.
Kokubu's wholesaling operations reorganized into seven area companies, two category companies, and a headquarters company. The headquarters company renamed KOKUBU GROUP CORP. The Food Marketing Company, our tenth long-term management plan, commenced.