100+ Years Old Businesses Series – Introduction

There are many reasons why we are so obsessed by Japan and its culture.  One important and probably most important one is the spirit of never giving up and pushing through perfection and more perfection years after years, and centuries after centuries. This same spirit drives countless businesses in Japan to survive two world wars, adapt to eras of changes and continue to deliver perfection and delicacy. It is so difficult to explain via words but we would like to learn and try.

We would like to do research to find thriving 100+ years old businesses in Japan. Based on some prelim googling, we see hotel, construction, confectionery and religious goods the top 4 industries of those businesses for now. We would like to do more research and pick 10-20 businesses to start with. Let us know if you know any good names!

Some background data here, according to a report published by the Bank of Korea on May 14, 2008, investigating 41 countries, there were 5,586 companies older than 200 years. Of these, 3,146 are in Japan. Of the companies with more than 100 years of history, 89.4 percent employ fewer than 300 people. A nationwide Japanese survey counted more than 21,000 companies older than 100 years as of September 30, 2009.

Key criteria below:

  1. 100+ years old without major stop or pause of operations
  2. Core products or services haven't changed since foundation
  3. Trends to show continuous development currently and for the future
  4. Loved by their customers!

Send us a message info@ylovejp.com or leave at the comment below if you have any good names in mind!

Can't wait for the journey with you!!


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