Company History

Foundation

Originally named "POKEMON CENTER Co., Ltd." and founded in 1998, The Pokémon Company was established through joint investment by the three businesses holding the copyright on Pokémon: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc. The company name was changed to its present iteration in October 2000. Since then, our business activities have expanded to overall management of the Pokémon brand.

The Pokémon Company
1998
April
POKEMON CENTER Co., Ltd. is established in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. (Capital: 60 million yen)
1999
September
Capital is increased to ¥240 million.
2000
October
Company name changes to The Pokémon Company. Game-related business begins.
December
License-related business begins.
2001
February
Overseas affiliate Pokémon USA, Inc. (now The Pokémon Company International) is established in Delaware, U.S.A.
February
Capital is increased to ¥360 million.
May
apital is increased to ¥361.8 million.
June
Capital is increased to ¥365.4 million.
2002
November
The Official Pokémon website is launched.
2003
March
Representative office is established in London, England.
2004
January
Pokémon Daisuki Club is launched.
2006
August
Overseas affiliate Pokémon Korea, Inc., is established in Seoul, Korea.
2010
April
Pokémon Communications Company, an affiliate, is established.
2011
August
Pokémon Center Tokyo Co., Ltd.(now Pokémon Center Co., Ltd.), an affiliate, is established.
2017
March
Pokémon Communications Company is merged.
1998
April
Pokémon Center Tokyo is established in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
November
Pokémon Center Osaka is established in Umeda, Osaka.
2002
Oct
Pokémon Center Nagoya is established in Sakae, Nagoya.
2003
November
Pokémon Center Fukuoka is established in Hakata, Fukuoka.
2005
March
Pokémon Center Yokohama is established in Minato Mirai, Yokohama.
2007
July
Pokémon Center Tokyo is remodeled and reopened.
2009
March
Pokémon Center Sapporo is established in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
2010
November
Pokémon Center Osaka is remodeled and reopened in Umeda, Osaka.
2011
March
Pokémon Center Fukuoka is remodeled and reopened in Hakata-eki, Fukuoka.
December
Pokémon Center Tohoku is established in Sendai, Miyagi.
2013
March
Pokémon Center Nagoya is remodeled and reopened in Sakae, Nagoya.
November
Pokémon Center TOKYO-BAY is established in Funabashi ,Chiba.
2014
December
Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO is remodeled and reopened in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
2015
June
Pokémon Center Hiroshima is established in Kamiyacho, Hiroshima.
2016
March
Pokémon Center Kyoto is established in Shijo, Kyoto.
July
Pokémon Center SKYTREE TOWN is established in Oshiage, Tokyo.
December
Pokémon Center Sapporo is remodeled and reopened in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
2018
March
Pokémon Center Tokyo DX and Pokémon Cafe are established in Nihombashi, Tokyo.