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Maruha Nichiro

Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Type Public KK
Traded as TYO: 1333
Nikkei 225 Component
Founded Osaka, Japan March 31, 1943 (1943-03-31)
Headquarters 2-20 3-chome, Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8603, Japan
Key people Shigeru Ito, (CEO and President)

Increase $ 8.614 billion (FY 2012)

(¥ 809.789 billion) (FY 2012)
Net income

Increase $ 58 million (FY 2012)

(¥ 5.448 billion) (FY 2012)
Employees 12,335 (consolidated) (as of December 2013)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Maruha Nichiro Corporation (マルハニチロ株式会社 Maruha Nichiro Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese seafood company, beginning its operation in 1888, when its founder, Ikujiro Nakabe, began a fish sale business in Osaka.[3] The company is the largest of its kind in Japan, with Nippon Suisan Kaisha and Kyokuyo Co., Ltd. as its main competitors.

Maruha Nichiro has subsidiaries in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, across Europe, Asia and South America.[4]

It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.[5]


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


  • 1880 - The founder, Ikujiro Nakabe, begins purchasing fish from fishermen for sale to wholesalers at the wholesale fish market in Osaka
  • 1904 - Operation base moved to Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • 1924 - Incorporated as K.K. Hayashikane Shoten, ending the era of private operation
  • 1943 - Corporate name changed to Nishi Taiyo Gyogyo Tosei K.K.
  • 1945 - Corporate name changed to Taiyo Gyogyo K.K. (Taiyo Fishery Co., Ltd.) (virtually all overseas assets and operations lost at the end of World War II)
  • 1949 - Corporate headquarters moved to Tokyo
Taiyo professional baseball club (present-day Yokohama DeNA BayStars) established
  • 1951 - Overseas operations started
  • 1960 - Operations expanded from the marine products business into feeds and livestock production
  • 1978 - New headquarters building completed in central Tokyo
  • 1993 - New trademark adopted and corporate name changed to Maruha Corporation (Maruha Kabushiki Kaisha)
  • 1996 - Acquisition of Taiyo Seafoods Co., Ltd.
  • 2004 - Maruha Group Inc. established as a holding company
  • 2007 - Economic union of Maruha Group Inc. and Nichiro Corporation Creation of Maruha Nichiro Holdings, Inc.[6]
  • 2014 - Reorganization of the company structure and adoption of the Maruha Nichiro Corporation name[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Corporate Data". Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Financial Statement 2013". Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Corporate History". Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Group Companies". Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Components:Nikkei Stock Average".  
  6. ^ "Major seafood firms Maruha, Nichiro to merge in October". TMC News. December 11, 2006. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Maruha Nichiro completes merger". undercurrent news. April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 

External links

  • Official website (English)
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