For KOKUYO, creativity means solving the small problems people encounter in their work and daily lives, one by one, through the use of creative ideas. In the process, new values are generated which contribute to the creation of a better society. However, this approach is not just about generating new ideas. KOKUYO’s long history of more than 100 years is also a history of constantly pushing forward the boundaries of this creativity, not only in the design of our products, but also in the way they are manufactured, transported and sold, as well as the way the business itself is run. KOKUYO’s long history is its strength and will contribute to the forging of its future.
The Founding Spirit.
We find value in the “Business of KASU” that is neglected by others.
With conviction and determination to serve our customer, we embrace businesses that are difficult and troublesome, and through dedication and hard work, we turn it into something of overwhelming value for the customer.
Zentaro Kuroda started a “Kuroda Cover Store” for contracting them manufacturing of Japanese book covers
Manufacturing of Japanese books was started
Manufacturing of Western account books was started
The trademark was determined to be “KOKUYO”
Began the Manufacturing of Binder files
“Enrich the World through our Products”
With this corporate philosophy, We are a humanistic organization that priorities the user’s needs and interests. Every design and detail of our products is designed and developed to not only look good but to be user-friendly as possible.
First steel product: This filing cabinet came on the market in 1960
“Live showroom” (1969) was implemented: The black desks and red chairs were intended to bring out employees’ combative spirit.
5th Generation ‘Campus Note’ notebook (released Oct. 2011)
The KOKUYO Design awards was created in 2002, supporting good and creative designers.
KOKUYO celebrated its 100th anniversary. And a new corporate logo was introduced in 2005
KOKUYO aims to be a Life & Work Style Company useful to society by “improving Quality of Life” of persons by their improved working/ learning/ living through our products and services which provide the value of improving clients’ creativity
The Office research center was established in 1986. This center served as a research base for identifying the workstyle
The Eco LIVE office; an environmentally friendly office opened in Tokyo; Shinagawa
In 2017, Think of Things was introduced as a retail + Co-working + Cafe concept in responding to ever changing work trend.
Created the NEXT office that signify the future office style
Started Creative Lounge MOV a Co-working space in the heart of Tokyo; Shibuya
Continue to be the honour of our country
and grow to be the honour of Asia.
KOKUYO’s advance into Asia started in 1995 with the opening of a representative office in Hong Kong
KOKUYO International (Thailand) Co., Ltd. was established in 2004 in the capital of Thailand; Bangkok
KOKUYO International Malaysia was founded in 1997. And in 1999, our Seremban’s factory started it’s operation
Founded Singapore’s showroom and LIVE office in 2012
Opening and launched of Shanghai Flagship showroom in the heart of Shanghai City
Entering into Indonesia by opening of the first KOKUYO showroom in Jakarta
Establishing partnership with our Indonesia dealer by opening of Jakarta LIVE office
The merger of KOKUYO business between the Stationery and Furniture unit in 2015