CBC Co., Ltd. was established on January 20, 1925 as Doi Utaro Shoten and reorganized in August the same year as Chugai Boyeki Gomei Kaisha, based on the founder’s strong aspiration to expand the business abroad while connecting Japan or “Chu (inside=domestic)” with “Gai (outside=overseas)”. In 1935, its 10th anniversary, the company was transformed into a joint-stock company and was renamed Chugai Boyeki Co., ltd.
The company successively diversified its “Shosha (trading company)”* business, starting with raw materials for shoe polish, into dyes, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
※What is a “Shosha”?
It is a type of company engaged in trade centered on the importation/exportation and domestic sales of goods; in a broad sense, wholesale trade. It is translated into English as “trading company”, but a Japanese trading company is considered to have a unique form of business and is called “Shosha” in Japanese in other countries as well.