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About Us | History

  • TAKEO YOSHITEN signboard (hand-drawn by founder president Eichi Takeo)
  • The store in Kyobashi (about 1910)
  • MINI-KIT (created in 1970)
  • TAKEO Tokyo Bay Distribution Center
    (Est. 2006)
  • 1899
  • Western paper store opened at 11 Mizutani-cho, Kyobashi in Tokyo by founder president, Eichi Takeo
  • 1937
  • Reorganized to become TAKEO YOSHITEN
  • 1961
  • Winner of the 7th Mainichi Industrial Design Award
  • 1965
  • Established Osaka Branch Office
    “Creativity on Paper” (1st TAKEO PAPER SHOW) held at Matsuya Ginza
  • 1967
  • Established TAKEO Shiko Corporation
  • 1970
  • MINI-KIT set of samples produced
  • 1974
  • Registered "Kamisuki Kozo" (Little Paper Boy) logo as TAKEO’s trademark
    Registered current Japanese trading name
  • 1975
  • Established Sendai Branch Office
  • 1977
  • Established Daini Seihoku Paper Depot Corporation
  • 1978
  • Established TAKEO Takashimadaira Distribution Center
  • 1979
  • Established Fukuoka Branch Office
  • 1982
  • Established Nagoya Branch Office
  • 1984
  • Established Tai Tak Takeo Fine Paper Co., Ltd. in Hong Kong
  • 1985
  • Established Sapporo Sales Office
  • 1989
  • Opened Aoyama MIHONCHO (showroom)
  • 1991
  • Shigeru Takeo appointed 5th president
  • 1994
  • Established PCM TAKEO Corp.
  • 1997
  • Established Takeo Paper Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, China
    Established Fine Paper Takeo (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1999
  • Celebrated100th anniversary
  • 2000
  • Opened MIHONCHO HONTEN (shop and showroom)
  • 2001
  • Received 46th Mainichi Design Award
  • 2002
  • Obtained FSC COC certification
  • 2006
  • Established TAKEO Tokyo Bay Distribution Center
    Received Design Excellent Company Award
  • 2007
  • Established Fine Paper Takeo (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2008
  • Obtained PEFC COC certification
  • 2012
  • Re-opened Aoyama MiIHONCHO after renewal
    Established Takeo Co., Ltd. Paris Representative Office in Paris, France
  • 2015
  • Established Takeo Co., Ltd. London Representative Office in London, UK
    Opened TAKEO MIHONCHO Ginza at Itoya