Mitsui & Co.

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Not to be confused with Mitsui Group.
Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Native name 三井物産
Type Public KK
Traded as TYO: 8031
OSE: 8242
Industry Trading Companies
Founded July 25, 1947
Founders Takashi Masuda, Tatsuzo Minakami
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Area served Global (151 offices in 65 countries)
Key people Masami Iijima, President and Chief Executive Officer
Products Iron & Steel Products, Mineral & Metal Resources, Infrastructure Projects, Motor Vehicles, Marine & Aerospace, Chemicals, Energy, Foods & Retail, Consumer Services, Information, Electronics and Telecommunications, Financial Markets and Transportation Logistics.
Revenue Yen 5,738 billion (2008)
Operating income Yen 375 billion (2008)
Net income Yen 410 billion (2008)
Employees 5,886 (Consolidated:39,864)(2008)

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (三井物産 Mitsui Bussan?) is one of the largest sogo shosha (general trading companies) in Japan, and also part of the Mitsui Group. Its business area covers energy, machinery, chemicals, food, textile, logistics, finance, and more.

Headquarters of Mitsui & Co.


First established in 1876 with 16 members including the founder, Takashi Masuda. As Japan's international trading was dominated by foreigners since the end of the Edo period, it aimed to displace trading back to Japanese nationals by expanding business owned by Japanese citizens. By the end of World War II, it became a dominant trading giant, but was dissolved by the order of GHQ. In 1947, Tatsuzo Minakami, one of the former employees of Mitsui, decided to re-establish the company. Later, as international trading led Japan's economic recovery and growth, Mitsui also enlarged its business area and started various overseas investments, which constitute its current main business.

Business area[edit]

  • Iron & Steel Products
  • Mineral & Metal Resources
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Automobiles
  • Marine & Aerospace
  • Chemicals
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Information, Electronics and Telecommunications
  • Consumer Business
  • Financial Markets
  • Transportation Logistics

Recent activities[edit]

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ Kennedy, Simon (May 20, 2011). "BP settles with Mitsui arm over Macondo spill". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 

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