More than 1,000 Japanese companies will mark the 100th anniversary of their founding in 2017, among them precision equipment maker Nikon Corp., automaker Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Morinaga Milk Industry Co.
Of the roughly 3 million companies in the database of credit research firm Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd., 1,118 companies will turn 100 years old this year.
1917 saw a bumper crop of firms, mainly manufacturers, established in Japan to take advantage of growing exports on the back of World War I.
A Nikon spokesman said his company has survived the past century because it has "globally promoted a wide range of products and services based on its high-quality technologies mainly in the optical and precision sectors."
These 100-year-old companies still need to adapt to changing times.
Fuji Heavy, known for its Subaru automobile brand, plans to concentrate its resources on automobile and aerospace businesses while pulling the plug on industrial machinery operations. In April, the company will change its corporate name to Subaru Corp.
After teasing us with a behind-the-scenes trailer showing Piko Taro with Canadian singer Justin Bieber on the set of their new SoftBank commercial, the telecommunications provider finally made the big reveal last week, by releasing several of the ads on their official YouTube channel. (rocketnews24.com)
Five Japanese companies have teamed up to re-create legendary comic book robot Astro Boy in toy form. The product marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of comic and animation master Osamu Tezuka. (NHK)
The government's Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion newly added 16 faults to a list of major active fault zones in which a magnitude-7 or larger earthquake could occur. (the-japan-news.com)
The tracks of the now-defunct Takachiho Railway in Miyazaki Prefecture - discontinued due to damage caused by Typhoon No. 14 in 2005 - have been revived as a popular tourist attraction that carried 26,000 passengers in fiscal 2015. (the-japan-news.com)
Japan's Foreign Ministry has protested to South Korea over a video clip that calls the body of water between the Japanese archipelago and the Korean Peninsula the "East Sea" instead of the "Sea of Japan". (NHK)