Takara Holdings

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Takara Holdings Inc.
Native name
Takara Hōrudingusu kabushiki gaisha
Public KK)
Traded as
FoundedJune 1925, 09; 95 years ago (09-06-1925)
Area served
Key people
Hisashi Ohmiya
Toshio Kakimoto
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Seasonings
  • Research reagents
  • Scientific instruments
  • Health foods
RevenueIncrease JPY 225.3 billion (FY 2015) (US$ 1.99 billion) (FY 2015)
Increase JPY 7 billion (Y 2015) (US$ 62.4 million) (FY 2015)
Number of employees
3,780 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2016)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references

Takara Holdings (宝ホールディングス株式会社, Takara Hōrudingusu kabushiki gaisha, stylized as TaKaRa) is a Japanese company based in Kyoto. The company is mainly involved in the production of beverages, food, printing and medical supplies.[2]


Takara Bio[edit]

Clontech Laboratories was acquired from BD Biosciences in 2005.[3] In 2007, Clontech was involved in litigation with Invitrogen over patents for RNase H minus reverse transcriptase.[4]

Subsidiaries of Takara Bio Inc. include Takara Bio USA (formerly Clontech Laboratories), a Mountain View, California-based manufacturer of kits, reagents, instruments, and services for biological research, as well as regional subsidiaries in Europe, Korea, China, and India.

Takara Shuzo[edit]

Takara Shuzo Co. produces sake, other beverages, and seasonings. This division comprises the original business; the holding company including it was formed in 2001.[5] Takara Shuzo also owns the Tomatin distillery of Highland single malt scotch whisky. Takara Shuzo Co. is the largest distiller of traditional shochu liquor in Japan.[6]


  1. ^ "Corporate Profile". Takara Holdings. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Company Profile". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Inc. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Takara Bio to Acquire Clontech Unit of BD Biosciences". bionity.com. 5 July 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. ^ Nag, Dilipp S. (30 May 2007). "Invitrogen, Clontech settle patent litigation". Reuters. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Takara Shuzo to set up holding company". Goliath Business News.
  6. ^ Takada, Aya (4 July 2014). "Farms Fatten Pigs With Stale Bread in Japan to Cut Costs". Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 September 2015.