Kao Corporation history, profile and corporate video
Kao Corporation is a chemical and cosmetics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1887 by a manufacturer of domestic toiletry soap, Tomiro Nagase, who starts Nagase Shoten, a Western sundry goods dealer.
Until 1940, the company was known as Nihon Yuki, changing its name then to Kao Soap Company, and finally in 1985 to Kao Corporation.
The name, “Kao,” originated with the name of the first product, Kao Sekken quality toilet soap.
The Kao Group develops its consumer products business in four of its fields of business: Hygiene and Living Care, Health and Beauty Care, Life Care, and Cosmetics. It also operates in the Chemical Business segment, where it develops a wide range of products that meet the needs of the industry.
The Kao’s brands:
- MOLTON BROWN
Skin Care and Hair Care
- and and
- JOHN FRIEDA
- Kao Sekken White
Human Health Care
Fabric and Home Care
- Flaire Fragrance
- New Beads
- Quickle Joan
With more than 33 000 employees, Kao Corp. is considered one of the top 2000 largest public companies in the world, according to Forbes.
*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and www.kao.com.
**Video published on YouTube by “KaoJapan“.