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Company Overview and History

Company Overview

 

Company Name Tozai Boeki Kaisha, Ltd.
Established November 1958
Address 1-2-6 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business Areas Import, export, and domestic trading of chemicals, electronic materials, machines, fertilizer, home building materials, etc.
Office Locations Domestic: Tokyo
Overseas: Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen in China; Colombo in Sri Lanka; and Bangkok in Thailand
Capital ¥80 million
Annual Sales ¥7.5 billion in independent sales and ¥11.5 billion in group sales (March 2017 term)
Representative Minoru Sano, President
No. of Employees Main company: 27; subsidiaries: 80
Banks Resona Bank, Ltd.; Shoko Chukin Bank, Ltd.; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; Aozora Bank, Ltd.; and Japan Finance Corporation.; Bank of Yokohama
Foreign Offices 〈Local subsidiaries〉
Tozai Trading (Shanghai Pudong New Area) Co., Ltd.
Tozai Boeki Kaisha (Thailand) Ltd.
〈Liaison offices〉
Colombo (Sri Lanka)                              〈Joint Venture〉                               Japlan Holdings(Private)Ltd.

History

Ever since Tozai Boeki Kaisha was founded in 1958, our belief that “good and sustained human relations are the fundamental key to successful business” has inspired us to develop relationships of trust with our business partners. We have built our trading business on key industries that represent Japan, such as the chemical and heavy industries and the machine/equipment industry. And as our name (which literally means “East–West Trading”) suggests, we have always had our sights on expanding throughout the world. Today, even as world affairs move at a dizzying pace, we have not lost sight of our founding spirit and are working hard to achieve new breakthroughs.

In 1947, after GHQ dissolved Japan’s zaibatsu and dismantled the former Mitsubishi Corporation, Tozai Boeki Kaisha founder Seiichi Sawada left Mitsubishi. He joined the Tokyo Boeki Group in 1950, and after serving the Group as director of chemical fertilizers and deputy director of crop fertilizers, he founded Tozai Boeki Kaisha with four of his colleagues.

November 1958 Tozai Boeki Kaisha, Ltd. is established in Shiba in Minato City in Tokyo, capitalized at ¥2.5 million
July 1962 Capital is increased to ¥5 million
August 1962 Main office is relocated to Toranomon in Minato City
June 1963 Capital is increased to ¥10 million
July 1968 Tozai Boeki Kaisha becomes the first Japanese trading company to establish a liaison office in Colombo, Sri Lanka
December 1968 Capital is increased to ¥40 million
January 1969 Capital is increased to ¥50 million
June 1982 A liaison office is established in Beijing, China
September 1986 A liaison office is established in Shanghai, China
November 1996 The Shanghai liaison office is made a local subsidiary
May 2001 President Seiichi Sawada is appointed to the position of chairman, and Director Iwao Oishi is named president and representative director
March 2002 The main office is moved to its current location (1-2-6 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
March 2003 The Beijing liaison office is made a branch of the Shanghai subsidiary
June 2008 A branch office of the Shanghai subsidiary is established in Shenzhen, China
November 2008 Tozai Boeki Kaisha celebrates its 50th anniversary
January 2009 A local subsidiary is established in Bangkok, Thailand
May 2009 President Iwao Oishi is named corporate adviser, and Director Minoru Sano is appointed president and representative director.
March 2012 Capital is increased to ¥80 million
September 2016 Joint Venture is established in Kiribathgoda, Sri Lanka
November 2016 Tozai Trading(Shanghai Pudong New Area)Co., Ltd. celebrates its 20th anniversary
February 2017 A branch office of the Shanghai subsidiary is established in Chengdu, China