History of Mitsui-Soko Group

October 1909
Established as Toshin Soko, Ltd. on October 11, 1909. Headquarters was based in Tokyo, with other branches throughout Tokyo, Kobe, and Moji
Yokohama dispatching business launched (becomes Yokohama branch in 1923)
January 1918
Osaka Warehouse acquired and reopened as Osaka branch
October 1922
Opened Nagoya satellite office (becomes formal Nagoya branch in 1937)
March 1942
Changed company name to Mitsui-Soko Co., Ltd.
April 1950
Listed shares for public trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
August 1966
Began offering automobile transport services
March 1968
Began working with maritime containers and operating container terminals in Japan
April 1969
Obtained license for automobile cargo transport and began offering container-truck shipments
December 1977
Established international division and plant division at headquarters and began offering international shipment services
June 1982
Obtained IATA license as air freight distributor and began air cargo service in earnest
November 1984
Moved headquarters from Hakozaki-cho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo to 1-chome Kayabacho Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
November 1986
Launched “big bag” business (trunk room storage, non-product category items for residential relocation, etc.)
February 1988
Established Mitsui-Soko International in Singapore
January 1992
Abandoned headquarters+local shop system and migrated to local branch system (local headquarters and corresponding divisions, with branches in Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, and Kyushu regions)
April 2001
Spun off Kyushu branch as Mitsui-Soko Kyushu Co., Ltd.
June 2002
Moved headquarters from 1-chome Kayabacho Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo to 3-chome Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
March 2003
Obtained license for Class 2 transport (standalone/mixed air cargo) for air transport
April 2004
Adopted executive officer system
April 2006
Established BPO promotion division and launched BPO in earnest
April 2008
Established 3PL promotion division and launched 3PL in earnest
October 2009
Celebrated our 100-year anniversary
January 2010
Moved Kansai branch headquarters to Osaka
April 2010
Abandoned branch company system and migrated to divisional system
March 2011
Obtained controlling stake in JTB Air Cargo and changed name to Mitsui-Soko Air Cargo
Enhanced international trade through air freight
September 2011
Moved headquarters from 3-chome Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, to 3-chome Nishi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
April 2012
Acquired Sanyo-Denki Logistics (changed name to Mitsui-Soko Logistics) and shored up 3PL business
July 2012
Acquired controlling share in TAS express and merged with Mitsui-Soko Air Cargo
Launched as Mitsui-Soko Express
October 2014
Shift to Mitsui-Soko Holdings Co., Ltd. (formerly Mitsui-Soko Co., Ltd.) acting as a holding company
Mitsui-Soko spins off Mitsui-Soko Business Trust as new entity
April 2015
Sony Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. formed out of merger between Mitsui-Soko Holdings Co., Ltd. and Sony Corporation. Company name changed to Mitsui-Soko Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.
Made the following 3 companies subsidiaries
Thailand: MS Supply Chain Solutions (Thailand) Ltd.
Malaysia: MS Supply Chain Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn.Bhd.
Japan: Logistics Operation Service Co., Ltd.
November 2015
Established Mitsui-Soko Transport Co., Ltd.
December 2015
Mitsui-Soko Transport acquires controlling share in Marukyo Transportation Co., Ltd. (Osaka), Marukyo Transportation Co., Ltd. (Ehime), and their affiliates, creating a consolidated subsidiary.