Kajima Corporation history, profile and corporate video
Kajima Corporation (Chinese: 鹿島建設株式会社) is a construction company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
The company’s origins date back to 1840 when Iwakichi Kajima began its business in Masakicho, Nakabashi, Edo (present-day Tokyo).
In 1860, Kajima pioneered the first Western-style buildings, Ei-Ichiban Kan (English House No. 1) and America-Ichiban Kan (American House No. 1), in Yokohama.
In 1880, Kajima Gumi was established. That year, the company entered into the railway construction business, starting with the construction of the Tsuruga Railway Line (later called the Yanagase Line).
In 1909, the company entered into the dam and power plant construction business, starting with the Uji River hydroelectric power station.
In 1930, Kajima became an incorporated company.
In 1947, the company renamed itself Kajima Corporation.
In 1949, the Kajima Technical Research Institute (the first research facility in Japan’s construction industry) was founded.
In 1950, the company pioneered a first joint venture with Morrison-Knudsen of the U.S.A. for construction works in Okinawa.
In 1952, it began the construction of Kyushu Electric Power Company‘s Kamishiiba Dam, the first arch dam in Japan.
In 1954, the company entered the overseas construction business, starting with the Baluchaung hydroelectric power plant in Burma, the first war-reparation construction project.
In 1957, the company completed Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute’s JRR-1, Japan’s first nuclear reactor.
In 1961, Kajima was listed on the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges.
In 1964, KAJIMA INTERNATIONAL INC.(KII) was established in Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
In 1967, the company began the construction for Tokyo Electric Power Company‘s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
In 1968, Japan’s first high-rise building (36-story Kasumigaseki Building) was completed.
In 1970, the company began the construction for the One-Million-Ton Dock at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries‘ Koyagi factory.
In 1985, KAJIMA GmbH was established in former West Germany.
In 1986, KAJIMA USA was established.
In 1987, KAJIMA EUROPE was established.
In 1988, the Kanto and Tokyo branches and KAJIMA OVERSEAS ASIA PTE. LTD. were established, and the Shiki New Town and the Seikan Tunnel were completed.
In 1994, the Kansai International Airport was opened.
In 1996, the Nagano Olympic Memorial Arena (M-Wave) was completed.
In 1998, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was opened.
In 2001, the soccer stadiums for the World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan were completed.
In 2002, the company strengthened ties with JR East and TEKKEN CORPORATION.
In 2004, Kajima (Shanghai) Construction Co., Ltd. was established.
In 2010, the company completed the D-Runway at Tokyo International Airport and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.
In 2011, the Dubai Metro and the KaTRI research and administration building were completed.
In 2012, the company completed the AKASAKA K-TOWER, the Yamate Tunnel on the Shuto Expressway Central Circular Route Shinjuku Line, and the preservation and restoration of the Marunouchi Station Building of JR East Tokyo Station. That year, Kajima India Pvt Ltd. was also established.
In 2015, Kajima Australia Pty Ltd (KA) was established.
In 2018, TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA and the Tokyo Marunouchi Station Plaza were established.
Kajima Corporation operates through the following business segments: Civil Engineering, Design and Construction, Development Projects, Research and Development, Engineering Technologies, and Environmental Technologies.
In the Civil Engineering business field, the Kajima engages in a broad range of social infrastructure development projects, including domestic and overseas transportation systems and energy facilities.
Since its founding, the company has been engaged in a diverse array of power, energy, and transport infrastructure projects in more than 50 countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, where it constructed power stations, railways, roads, airports, and seaports, and others. In addition, the company also constructed water purification and wastewater treatment plants, steelworks, and chemical production facilities.
Design and Construction
The Design and Construction segment involves different construction projects, ranging from Japan’s first skyscraper to offices, apartment buildings, museums, sports facilities, and schools.
The Development segment involves different kinds of projects, ranging from large-scale development work on suburban new towns and city centers, to the largest commercial complex in Asia, as well as offices, hotels and other resort facilities, warehouses, and ballparks.
Research and Development
The Research and Development segment engages in research and development in many fields, including skyscrapers, nuclear power plants, long-span bridges, and deep underground tunnels. It also approaches various social and environmental issues, such as climate change, large-scale disasters, and pandemics.
The Engineering Technologies segment offers specialized technologies and services for production and R&D facilities, logistic facilities, plant factories, cell culture facilities, and other applications in the fields of medicine, food, and cosmetics. It provides services to plan, design, construct, power, maintain, and manage complete production facilities, including production equipment, logistic facilities, and water treatment technologies.
The Environmental Technologies segment focuses on the development and maintenance of social infrastructure using technologies related to zero energy buildings (ZEB), green infrastructure, soil and underground water remediation, water and sewer treatment facilities, and final disposal sites, as well as wind power generators, other renewable energy facilities, biomass utilization, and waste reduction.
With more than 18,000 employees, Kajima Corporation is considered one of the largest construction companies in Japan. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the Largest Public Companies in the World.
*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and www.kajima.co.jp/english.
**Video published on YouTube by “Kajima Official Channel / 鹿島公式チャンネル“.