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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.
August Opened a laboratory (current KOSÉ Product Development 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.
September1972 Established KOSÉ (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD. in Malaysia.
June1979 Established Gunma Factory in Gunma.
November1980 Awarded the Deming Prize for Quality Control in Factory Production.
August1984 Established KOSÉ (THAILAND) Co. Ltd. in Thailand.
September 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.
January1988 Established Chun Si Li Co., LTD. (current KOSÉ COSMETICS CO., LTD. (China)).
(Transferred Equity Interest in May, 2018)
April Opened a laboratory (current KOSÉ Fundamental Research Laboratory) in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo.
April Established KOSÉ SALES CO., LTD., a distributor of KOSÉ products.
July Established KOSÉ COSMEPORT CORP., a cosmetics distributor for wholesalers.
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).
September Gunma Factory acquired ISO 14001 certification.
November Established KOSÉ (HONG KONG) CO., LTD. in China.
December Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
July2001 Established KOSÉ KOREA CO., LTD. in South Korea.
April2002 Acquired all shares of PHIL INTERNATIONAL INC. (current Dr. PHIL COSMETICS INC.), a company developing dermatology-based cosmetics.
April Established KOSÉ COSMEPIA CO., LTD., a distributor of OEM and amenity products.
August2004 Opened a regional ordering center (current Operation Center) in Akita.
November Built KOSÉ Research Laboratory (current KOSÉ Product Development Research Laboratory) to establish a new R&D system.
December Established Hsinchu Factory of TAIWAN KOSÉ CO., LTD in Taiwan.
June2005 Established KOSÉ COSMETICS SALES (CHINA) CO., LTD. in China.
August Introduced the JILL STUART brand to the Japanese cosmetics market as a licensed business.
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.
April Acquired the stock of US company Tarte, Inc., making it an affiliate.
October2015 Established KOSÉ America, Inc. in United States.
March2016 Established KOSÉ INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
March Established KOSÉ BRASIL COMÉRCIO DE COSMÉTICOS LTDA. in Brazil.
March2017 Operation Start – New Production Building at the Gunma Plant.
July Established KOSÉ MILBON COSMETICS to manufacture and distribute cosmetic products through salon channel
October Opened French Satellite Office of KOSÉ Research Laboratory in Lyon, France
November2018 Opened “Maison KOSÉ,” the first concept shop in Europe, in Paris, Frace.
March2019 Established KOSÉ Advanced Technology Research Laboratory in Kita-ku, Tokyo.
Newly built the Advanced Technology Research Center and consolidated its research and development bases in Oji.
July Established KOSÉ Maruho Pharma Co., Ltd. to plan, develop, and sell OTC drugs and cosmetics.
December Maison KOSÉ, a new concept store fusing digital platforms, opens in Ginza.
April2020 KOSÉ Cosmepia, KOSÉ’s amenity business company, merged KOSÉ Corporation’s travel retail business and changed its name to KOSÉ Travel Retail Co., Ltd.
October Opened a flagship store “Maison KOSÉ Omotesando” in Omotesando, Tokyo, to offer new enjoyable shopping experience.

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