Milestones

Kokubu's 300 years of progress are the very history of Japanese dietary life.

  Kokubu's history General historical events
1702   Lord Kira assassinated by a band of 47 ronin (Chushingura incident)
1712 Founding of KOKUBU GROUP CORP.
Kanbei Kokubu IV opens a soy sauce brewing plant in Tsuchiura under the name "Daikoku-Ya," and at the same time opens a retail store in Edo Nihombashi Honcho, a central location in downtown Tokyo
 
1717   The wise Ooka Tadasuke appointed as town magistrate of Edo
1756 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.
"Kikkodai" mark
 
1774   The Dutch book "Anatomical Tables" translated by Sugita Genpaku, Maeno Ryotaku, et al.
1853   A squadron of four ships arrives at Uraga Bay under the command of Commodore Perry
1859 Kanbei Kokubu VIII starts tea trading  
1868   Meiji Restoration
1872   Railway service starts between Shinbashi and Yokohama
1880 Soy sauce brewery closed; wholesaling business starts in a wide variety of foodstuffs  
1885   The cabinet system established (Hirobumi Ito becomes the first prime minister)
1887 Sales of foodstuffs and canned products start Electric lights installed in Tokyo
1888 Sales of beer start  
1894 The paulownia mark registered as a trademark Outbreak of Sino-Japanese War
  Kokubu's history General historical events
1904   Outbreak of Russo-Japanese War
1905   "I am a Cat" by Natsume Soseki published
1908 K&K registered as the company trademark  
1909 Sales of AJI-NO-MOTO start. Sales of CALPIS and synthetic sake also start in 1919 and 1926, respectively.  
1910 Publication of industry newsletter, Kokubu Market Report, starts
Publication of industry newsletter, Kokubu Market Report, starts
 
1917 Sales of 1.8 liter bottled soy sauce start, using Kokubu bottles  
1923 Store destroyed in the earthquake; reconstruction work starts immediately; efforts made to supply soy sauce as a daily necessity Great Kanto Earthquake
1928 Yokohama Branch Office opened (currently Kanagawa KOKUBU CO.,LTD.)  
1931 Construction of Daiichi Building completed (former Nihonbashi headquarters building)
Construction of Daiichi Building completed (former Nihonbashi headquarters building)
 
1938 Osaka Branch Office opened (currently Kinki Region Branch)  
1945 Sapporo Branch Office opened (currently Hokkaido Region Branch) End of World War II
1947 KOKUBU TSUKEMONO CO., LTD. established The Constitution of Japan comes into force
  Kokubu's history General historical events
1950 KOKUBU & Co. and KOKUBU TSUKEMONO CO., LTD. merged to form KOKUBU SHOTEN CO., LTD.  
1953   Start of TV broadcasting by NHK and private broadcasting companies
1957 Fukuoka Liaison Office opened (currently Kyushu Region Branch)  
1961 Nagoya Branch Office opened (currently Chubu Region Branch)  
1962 Sendai Branch Office opened (currently Tohoku Region Branch)  
1964   Tokyo Olympic Games held
Tokaido Shinkansen launched
1965 Computer system introduced (IBM1440)  
1967 Hiroshima Branch Office opened (currently Chugoku Region Branch)  
1970   Osaka World Exposition held
1971 Company name changed from KOKUBU SHOTEN CO., LTD. to the current name KOKUBU & CO., LTD.
Implementation of the first long-term business plan starts
 
1973   Switch to a floating exchange rate for the yen
The first oil crisis
1975 Construction of the headquarters building completed (current Nihombashi headquarters building)  
1978 KOKUBU GROCERS CHAIN (KGC), a convenience store chain, launched
KOKUBU GROCERS CHAIN (KGC), a CVS chain, launched
 
1981 Own physical distribution of chilled food products starts  
1982 The First Food Distribution Study Group Meeting held  
1989   A national consumption tax imposed
Fall of the Berlin Wall
1991   Collapse of the "bubble economy" and steep increase in the number of bankruptcies
1994 The 3OD (One Order, One Delivery) System constructed as a logistics system for consolidated ordering/delivery operations  
1995 Email introduced across the company Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
1999 Information system KOMPASS launched across the Kokubu Group  
  Kokubu's history General historical events
2000 Annual sales figure for KOKUBU & CO., LTD. (excluding group companies) surpasses one trillion yen (about $13 billion *) Long-term Care Insurance System introduced
2001 Confection wholesale business starts toward the goal of constructing a full-line setup 9/11 terrorist attacks
2002 To celebrate its 290th anniversary, Kokubu introduces "Heisei no Chomoku," a new Kokubu Credo (serving as both an action charter and a behavioral code), and adopts a new Kokubu Group communication mark
Kokubo Group communication mark
The 17th FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002 held
The Euro, adopted as single EU currency, goes into circulation
2004   Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake
Sumatra Earthquake & Indian Ocean Tsunami
2005 Capital increased to 3.5 billion yen
The Yashio Distribution Center, the biggest mothership-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
2006 KMS, a business and accounting system, installed for business process standardization throughout the Kokubu Group  
2007 Kokubu enters into business tie-ups with pharmaceutical wholesalers, OHKI Co., Ltd. and Toho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., to bolster the foundation for intermediate distribution in the fields of food products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and general merchandise  
2008 100th anniversary of the "K&K" trademark
Kokubu enters into a business tie-up with a seafood wholesaler Daito Gyorui Co., Ltd. to bolster business in the field of processed seafood
The collapse of Lehman Brothers causes a world-wide financial and economic crisis
2010 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
2011 The 9th long-term business plan QUALITY 300 launched Kokubu enters into a business tie-up with TOKYO SEIKA Co., LTD., 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
2012 Kokubu marks its 300th anniversary,
Thanks for the last 300 years!
and launches a new brand "tabete"
Distribution Center established in Misato, Saitama Prefecture and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture
 
2013 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, People’s Republic of China)
Food Service Operation Center established in Misato, Saitama Prefecture
Mt. Fuji and Miho no Matsubara listed as World Cultural Heritage
Japanese cuisine listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
2014 Alliance formed with Refrigerated Foods Division in Myanmar and Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd (Myanmar)
KOKUBU TRADING SHANGHAI CO., LTD. is established in China, importing and selling Japanese foods and drinks