KOKUYO was founded in 1905 as a manufacturer of covers for Japanese style accounting books. For over 100 years since then, based on the philosophy of “enriching the world through our products,” we have been offering a variety of products and services that provide solutions to each of our customers’ issues. We respond to diversifying needs through stationery that allow our users to demonstrate their creativity in their “work”,”learning” and “living” environments.
|Company name||KOKUYO Co.,Ltd.|
|Head office location||6-1-1 Oimazato-minami, Higashinari-ku, Osaka
|Business operations||Stationery manufacturing, purchasing and sales;
office furniture manufacturing, purchasing, and sales;
space design and consultation etc.
1900-1959 1960-1979 1980-1999 2000-2009 2010-
|1905||Kuroda Zentarō opens the Kuroda Shop in Horie, Nishi-ku, Ōsaka, selling covers for Japanese-style account ledgers.
Manufacturing of covers for Japanese-style account ledgers begins.
|1908||Start of Japanese-style account ledgers manufacturing|
|1913||Transition to ready-made Western-style account ledgers begins.|
|1914||The shop is renamed "Kuroda Kokkōdō".
Manufacturing of vouchers, invoices, carbon duplication account ledgers, and writing paper begins.
|1917||The Kujō exclusive plant is set up and the brand name "KOKUYO" is selected for a production system of Western-style account ledgers required by the contract work system.|
|1932||Stationery pads with high-quality colored paperboard released|
|1936||Moved to current head office location (Higashinari-ku, Osaka).|
|1950||The first agency specialising in Kokuyo is born.|
|1956||Flat files released|
|1959||Survey filed notebooks released|
|1960||Entry into the office furniture business
Filing cabinets released
|1961||Company name changed to KOKUYO Co., Ltd.|
|1965||Steel desks released|
|1966||Office swivel chairs released|
|1969||Japan’s first Live Office is born|
|1975||Campus Notebooks released
Started manufacturing of furniture for educational facilities
|1981||KuruKuruMeka (adjustable child desk) released|
|1996||Established overseas group companies and started manufacturing, sales, and import and export operations of stationery and furniture|
|1998||Initiatives for Universal Design began|
“PunyoPunyo Pin,” universal design-compliant thumb tacks released
|2002||KOKUYO DESIGN AWARDS began
|2003||KOKUYO K Heart
established“Kadokeshi” plastic eraser released
|2004||Segmented all KOKUYO Co., Ltd. businesses into separate companies and
moved to holding corporation system
|2005||100th anniversary with the redesign of the company logo
Dot Liner (glue tape) released
|2006||KOKUYO invested in Actus Co., Ltd.|
|2008||Picture book series “The Face Notebook” released|
|2009||Harinacs (staple-free stapler) released|
|2011||Shares of Camlin Limited, India, acquired and its company name changed to KOKUYO Camlin|
|2012||Enpitsu sharp(mechanical pencil) released|
“DAYS OFFICE” furniture brand launched
|2016||In-house office bag Mobaco released|
|2017||Shop and café “THINK OF THINGS” opened
Office chair “ing” released
|2018||Adhesive product brand “GLOO” released|