Ajisen Ramen (Japanese: 味千ラーメン, Chinese: 味千拉面/味千拉麵) is a Japan-based chain of fast-food restaurants selling Japanese ramen noodle soup dishes. The corporate name is Shigemitsu Industry Co., Ltd.(Japanese: 重光産業株式会社). Trademark of little girl named Chii-chan is used on their stores and packed noodles.
- 1968 – Pork bone white soup based Tonkotsu ramen from Kurume, Fukuoka was modified with garlic flavour by a Hakka person from Meinong, Taiwan in City of Kumamoto. He is the establisher Takaharu Shigemitsu (Japanese: 重光孝治), or original name Liu Tan Hsiang(Chinese: 劉壇祥).
- 1972 – Shigemitsu Industry Co., Ltd. was incorporated and noodles and soup factory was established. Franchising was started by the company.
- 1994 – The first oversea joint venture business was started at Taipei, Taiwan. It was ended in 3 years without success.
- 1996 – By the death of Koji Shigemitsu, his son Katsuaki Shigemitsu took the business over. Pan Wei(Chinese: 潘魏) opened the first store in Hong Kong under license of Ajisen Ramen.
- 2007 – Ajisen Ramen (China) Ltd. was listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
- Kumamoto – about 70 stores
- Greater Tokyo Area – 5 stores
Since its inception, Ajisen Ramen has made significant headway into the Chinese market, especially in the metropolis of Shanghai, where it has 132 locations. There are a total of 590 Ajisen restaurants in the Chinese regions as of August 2011. Those expansion of stores were started by present CEO of Ajisen Ramen (China) Ltd. (SEHK: 0538), Poon Wai (潘慰) from Hong Kong in 1996.
The current president of the Hong Kong listed Ajisen China Holdings is businesswoman Poon Wai. Up to 18 July 2013, the company's executive directors were Poon Wai, her brother Jason Poon Ka Man (潘嘉聞), and Yin Yi Bing (尹一兵).
Yin Yi Bing resigned on 18 July 2013, the same day that the company announced the appointment of Joseph Lau Si-sing (劉士盛) as chief operating officer. Lau left the company "by mutual consent" five days after corporate gadfly David Webb criticised his appointment. Webb pointed out that Lau, former managing director of McDonald's (Hong Kong), was not only convicted in April 2009 of bribery and attempting to pervert the course of justice, he did not graduate from CALTECH as was claimed in the company's appointment announcement. The company at the time announced that Lau "was the chief executive officer of two F&B companies between 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 respectively". In reality, Lau's prison term expired on 15 July 2013, just three days before Ajisen first announced his appointment. The company said the errors were "mainly caused by insufficient communication between Lau and the staff of our human resources department and translation error". Target suggested that Yin Yi Bing's resignation may have been due to disagreement over Lau's appointment.
The chain has outlets in Australia, Canada, Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States
- Ajisen Ramen (China) Ltd.
- "Ajisen (China) Holdings Ltd: Why Did This Company Hire Mr Lau Si Sing?" Target Newspapers, 28 August 2013. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013.
- Chiu, Karen (30 September 2013). "Exec leaves Ajisen after expose". The Standard.
- "Ajisen China Holdings appoints COO". Positions and Promotions. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013.
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