Tokyu Corporation

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Tokyu Corporation
Type Public KK
Industry Private railroad
Founded September 2, 1922
Headquarters 5-6 Nanpeidaicho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Area served Tokyo and Kanagawa.
Key people President-Director Chairperson Representative Director
Kiyobumi Kamijo Toshiaki Koshimura
Services passenger railways
other related services
Owners Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Co. (6.8%)
Nippon Life Insurance Co. (6.0%)
Website www.tokyu.co.jp

The Tokyu Corporation (東京急行電鉄株式会社 Tōkyō Kyūkō Dentetsu Kabushiki-gaisha?) (TYO: 9005), also known in Japanese as Tōkyū Dentetsu (東急電鉄?) for short, is a major private railway operator and land developer in the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. Its headquarters are in Shibuya, Tokyo.[1]

It was formed on September 2, 1922 as the Meguro-Kamata Electric Railway (目黒蒲田電鉄 Meguro Kamata Dentetsu?), and was later known as the Tokyo-Yokohama Electric Railway (東京横浜電鉄 Tōkyō Yokohama Dentetsu?) before gaining its current name in 1943. From 1944 to 1948, it also owned the companies now known as Keikyu, Keio Corporation, and Odakyu Electric Railway. During this time, it was colloquially known as Dai-Tokyu (lit. Great Tokyu).

Tokyu Lines[edit]

Lines Sections Length (km) Stations Date opened Max speed
Tōyoko Line Shibuya Station -
Yokohama Station
24.2 21 1926 110 km/h
Meguro Line Meguro Station -
Hiyoshi Station
11.9 13 1923 110 km/h
Den-en-toshi Line Shibuya Station -
Chūō-Rinkan Station
31.5 27 1907 110 km/h
Ōimachi Line Ōimachi Station -
Mizonokuchi Station
10.4 15 1927 85 km/h
Ikegami Line Gotanda Station -
Kamata Station
10.9 15 1922 80 km/h
Setagaya Line Sangen-Jaya Station -
Shimo-Takaido Station
5.0 10 1925 40 km/h
Tamagawa Line Kamata Station -
Tamagawa Station
5.6 7 2000 80 km/h
Total 7 lines 99.5  

Additionally, Tokyu operates the Kodomonokuni Line (Nagatsuta Station - Kodomonokuni Station, 3.4 km) under contract with and on behalf of Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company.

Other businesses[edit]

The Tokyu Group also owns two smaller railroad companies (Ueda Kōtsū, Izukyū Corporation), several bus companies and a major upscale department store chain called Tokyu in Japan and stores overseas (such as in the MBK Center in Bangkok, Thailand). Other retail operations include Tokyu Hands stores (except for the two locations in Nagoya, which are owned by Sanko Creative Life, Inc., and operated under license). It also runs a number of hotels under the names Tokyu/Pan Pacific in Japan and formerly owned the Pan Pacific Hotels abroad, which it sold to UOL Limited of Singapore.

Formerly the owner of Japan Air System (JAS, now merged with the flag carrier JAL Japan), Tokyu is the largest shareholder of Japan Airlines Holdings (JAL) following JAS's merger with JAL. The Tokyu Group also owns and operates the upscale Tokyu Hotels and budget Tokyu Inns. It also owns the Book Off bookstore chain in Japan.[citation needed]

From 1958 until 2001, Tokyu also owned the Japanese (now American) Shirokiya department store company. It was the owner of Mago Island until 2005, when Mel Gibson purchased it for US$15 million.[citation needed]

Rolling stock[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "会社概要." Tokyu Corporation. Retrieved on November 27, 2009.

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