Company History

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.

1998 Apr: POKEMON CENTER Co., Ltd. is established in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. (Capital: 60 million yen)
Apr: Pokémon Center Tokyo is established in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
Nov: Pokémon Center Osaka is established in Umeda, Osaka.
1999 Sep: Capital is increased to ¥240 million.
2000 Oct: Company name changes to The Pokémon Company. Game-related business begins.
Dec: License-related business begins.
2001 Feb: Overseas affiliate Pokémon USA, Inc. (now The Pokémon Company International) is established in Delaware, U.S.A.
Feb: Capital is increased to ¥360 million.
May: Capital is increased to ¥361.8 million.
Jun: Capital is increased to ¥365.4 million.
2002 Jul: Mobile phone website Pokémon Hiroba is launched.
Oct: Pokémon Center Nagoya is established in Sakae, Nagoya.
Nov: The Official Pokémon website is launched.
2003 Mar: Representative office is established in London, England.
Nov: Pokémon Center Fukuoka is established in Hakata, Fukuoka.
2004 Jan: Pokémon Daisuki Club is launched.
2005 Mar: Pokémon Center Yokohama is established in Minato Mirai, Yokohama.
2006 Aug: Overseas affiliate Pokémon Korea, Inc., is established in Seoul, Korea.
2007 Jul: Pokémon Center Tokyo is remodeled and reopened.
2009 Mar: Pokémon Center Sapporo is established in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
2010 Apr: Pokémon Communications Company, an affiliate, is established.
Nov: Pokémon Center Osaka is remodeled and reopened in Umeda, Osaka.
2011 Mar: Pokémon Center Fukuoka is remodeled and reopened in Hakata-eki, Fukuoka.
Aug: Pokémon Center Tokyo Co., Ltd.(now Pokémon Center Co., Ltd.), an affiliate, is established.
Dec: Pokémon Center Tohoku is established in Sendai, Miyagi.
2013 Mar: Pokémon Center Nagoya is remodeled and reopened in Sakae, Nagoya.
Nov: Pokémon Center TOKYO-BAY is established in Funabashi ,Chiba.
2014 Dec: Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO is remodeled and reopened in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
2015 Jun: Pokémon Center Hiroshima is established in Kamiyacho, Hiroshima.
2016 Mar: Pokémon Center Kyoto is established in Shijo, Kyoto.

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