The Pokémon Company

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The Pokémon Company International
Industry Brand management
Founded 1998 by Nintendo
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Bellevue, Washington, United States
London, United Kingdom
Key people Tsunekazu Ishihara
Kenji Okubo
Akira Chiba
Jordan Kerr
Products Pokémon
Employees US branch: 100 (2006)

The Pokémon Company (株式会社ポケモン Kabushiki-gaisha Pokemon?) is a corporation responsible for marketing and licensing the Pokémon franchise and is founded and affiliated with Nintendo.[1] It began operating in 1998 and adopted the moniker "Pokémon Ltd." in 2000. The company is headquartered in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Roppongi Rokuchome, Minato, Tokyo.[2] The company has separate divisions that handle operations in different parts of the world, with The Pokémon Company International supporting the US and UK as of 2009. The company manages the Pokémon properties and releases.


Company operations began in 1998 with the opening of Pokémon Center in Tokyo, before the actual trademark of "Pokémon, Ltd." was established in 2000. Since then, Nintendo has been marketing this branch as "The Pokémon Company". The US branch (Pokémon USA, Inc) opened in 2001 to handle licensing overseas. Nintendo Australia does all licensing and marketing of Pokémon products in Australia and New Zealand, as The Pokémon Company does not have an Australian branch.[3] The company is headquartered in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Roppongi Rokuchome, Minato, Tokyo.[4]

Since 2001, nearly all licensed Pokémon products have "©Pokémon" in the copyright acknowledgments with the usual three of "©Nintendo", "©Game Freak" and "©Creatures Inc.". The video games, Pokémon Trading Card Game and licensed toys are still being made by third and second party companies such as Takara Tomy.

In 2009, Pokémon USA and Pokémon UK merged to become The Pokémon Company International, which handles non-Asian Pokémon operations under the administration of Kenji Okubo. Australian operations are to still be under control of Nintendo Australia, which is headed by Managing Director, Yuji Bando.[5] The company's United States offices are in Bellevue, Washington.[6]

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TV series
Anime films
Television specials


  1. ^ "Earnings Release". Nintendo. 26 October 2006. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "会社概要." The Pokémon Company. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  3. ^ "The Pokémon Company | 沿革". Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  4. ^ "会社概要."
  5. ^ Daswani, Mansha (9 April 2009). "Pokémon Merges North American, European Operations". Archived from the original on 13 April 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Contact Us". Poké Retrieved 20 February 2014.