Brief History

Chronology

1889 Fusajiro Kanematsu founds Fusajiro Kanematsu Shoten of Australian Trading in Kobe.
1890 Sets up a branch in Sydney, and begins direct import of Australian wool.
1891 Yohei Kitagawa founds Kitagawa Shoten, which  is a predecessor of The Gosho Company.
1900 Starts import of Australian wheat.
1913 Fusajiro Kanematsu passes away on February 6 at the age of 68.
1918 Reorganizes into Kanematsu Shoten Company. Stated capital ¥2 million
1922 Reorganizes Sydney branch into an affiliate company incorporated abroad.
1934 Establishment of Kanematsu Wool Research Institute (the current Kanematsu Woolen Mills, Ltd.)
1936 Sets up branches in New York and Seattle.
1937 Establishes overseas affiliated company in New Zealand.
1943 Changes trade name to Kanematsu and Company.
1949 Resumption of foreign tours for employees. The first group departs for America. Diversification of business begins, moving toward an integrated  general trading company.
1951 Establishes an overseas affiliated company in New York, as the first Japanese trading company in postwar era. Establishes an overseas affiliated company in Brazil.
1957 Establishes an overseas affiliated company in West Germany.
1961 Abolishes the system in which workers hold all the stock, and goes public on the Second Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange(Lists stock on the First Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange in 1963, and delisted in 2010).
Establishes an overseas affiliated company in Iran.
1966 Establishes an overseas affiliated company in Thailand.
1967 Merges with The Gosho Company to form Kanematsu-Gosho, Ltd.
1969 Establishes the Nagoya Branch Office.
1970 Establishes its Head Office at the Tokyo Branch Office.
1973 Lists stock on the First Sections of the Tokyo and Nagoya Stock Exchanges. (Delisted from Nagoya Stock Exchange in 2003).
1975 Establishes an overseas affiliated company in Hong Kong.
1979 Establishes a representative office in Beijing, China following restoration of diplomatic relations.
1989 Establishes an overseas affiliated company in the United Kingdom.
1990 Changes trade name to Kanematsu Corporation.
100th anniversary of Kanematsu and Company (Australia).
1991 Moves Tokyo headquarters from Kyobashi to Shibaura.
Establishes Kanematsu  Europe PLC in the United Kingdom having general control over Europe.
2011 Kanematsu  Europe PLC merged with Kanematsu G.m.b.H.
2012 Establishes an overseas affiliated company  in India.
2014 Kanematsu Corporation will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2014.
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