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March1946 Kozaburo Kobayashi founded KOBAYASHI UNLIMITED PARTNERSHIP PATNERSHIP in Oji-ku (current Kita-ku), Tokyo, to start manufacturing and marketing of cosmetics.
June1948 Established KOBAYASHI KOSÉ COMPANY LIMITED at 7-chome, Toshima, Kita-ku, Tokyo.
November1951 The sales department was split off to form KOSÉ SHOJI CORPORATION.
March1956 Established ALBION CO., LTD., a manufacturer of premium cosmetics.
October1961 Established Topak Corporation, a manufacturer of corrugated cardboard and paper containers. (Later merged with INTERCOSME INC.)
May1963 Signed an agreement with L’Orèal of France for technological cooperation. (The joint venture agreement lasted until August 2001.)
June1964 Established Sayama Factory in Saitama.
August1964 Opened a laboratory (current KOSÉ Research Laboratory) in Kita-ku, Tokyo.
March1965 Relocated the head office to Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
September1968 Entered the Hong Kong market.
August1971 Established KOSÉ SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. in Singapore.
June1979 Established Gunma Factory in Gunma.
November1980 Awarded the Deming Prize for Quality Control in Factory Production.
September1984 Established TAIWAN KOSÉ CO., LTD. in Taiwan.
April1985 Established COSME LABO CO., LTD., a cosmetics manufacturer.
October1985 Established CRIE CO., LTD., a cosmetics distributor exclusively for salons.
December1987 Established Chun Si Li Co., LTD. (current KOSÉ COSMETICS CO., LTD. (China)).
April1988 Opened a laboratory (current KOSÉ Fundamental Research Laboratory) in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo.
April1988 Established KOSÉ SALES CO., LTD., a distributor of KOSÉ products.
July1988 Established KOSÉ COSMEPORT CORP., a cosmetics distributor for wholesalers.
February1991 Established INTERCOSME INC., a manufacturer of plastic containers.
August1991 The company’s name was changed to KOSÉ Corporation.
September1992 Established ADVANCE Co., Ltd., a special subsidiary corporation under the Law concerning Employment of Disabled Persons.
October1993 Established KOSÉ COSMENIENCE CO., LTD., a cosmetics distributor.
March1997 The accounting period was changed from ending December 31 to ending March 31.
October1998 Gunma Factory acquired ISO 9002 certification (current ISO 9001).
December1999 Registered with the Japan Securities Dealers Association (OTC-registered stocks).
May2000 Built Xiasha Factory of Chun Si Li Co., LTD. (current KOSÉ COSMETICS CO., LTD. (China).
September2000 Gunma Factory acquired ISO 14001 certification.
November2000 Established KOSÉ (HONG KONG) CO., LTD. in China.
December2000 Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
July2001 Established KOSÉ KOREA CO., LTD. in South Korea.
April2002 Acquired PHIL INTERNATIONAL INC. (current Dr. PHIL COSMETICS INC.), a company developing dermatology-based cosmetics.
April2002 Established KOSÉ COSMEPIA CO., LTD., a distributor of OEM and amenity products.
August2004 Opened a regional ordering center in Akita.
November2004 Built KOSÉ Research Laboratory to establish a new R&D system.
December2004 Established Hsinchu Factory of TAIWAN KOSÉ CO., LTD in Taiwan.
June2005 Established KOSÉ COSMETICS SALES (CHINA) CO., LTD. in China.
August2005 Introduced the JILL STUART brand to the Japanese cosmetics market as a licensed business.
September2006 Introduced the RIMMEL brand to the Japanese cosmetics market under a license agreement with US company Coty Inc.
April2008 Opened KOSÉ Oji Training Center in Kita-ku, Tokyo.
October2009 Acquired the global trademark rights for JILL STUART brand cosmetics.
August2011 Established PROVISION CO., LTD. (current KOSÉ PROVISION CO., LTD.), a cosmetics mail-order company.
October2013 Established KOSÉ Corporation INDIA PVT. LTD. in India.
February2014 Established PT. INDONESIA KOSÉ in Indonesia.
April2014 Acquired the stock of US company Tarte, Inc., making it an affiliate.
October2015 Established KOSE America, Inc. in United States.
March2016 Established KOSÉ INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
March Established KOSÉ BRASIL COMÉRCIO DE COSMÉTICOS LTDA. in Brazil.

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