The start of Nakatsuji Limited coincides with the beginnings of Japanese Industry.
The Taisho Period was a glorious time, which was designated by the term "Taisho Modern”. Urban culture and popular culture blossomed. During the Taisho Period, Japan underwent rapid change and modernized its economy and developed its cities.
In Sakai City, handicraft industries such as making bicycles and construction bricks were prosperous in addition to traditional industries from the Edo period, such as making knives or incense sticks.
Because of World War I demand for iron suddenly escalated and the manufacturing industry blossomed, and there was a transition towards mechanization of the handicraft industry in Sakai. In this period, Kikumatsu Nakatsuji founded the Nakatsuji Kikumatsu Shoten in Sakai City, Osaka, Japan.
Kikumatsu Nakatsuji founds the Nakatsuji Kikumatsu Shoten, a wholesale business dealing in used machinery and raw materials to the steel industry, in Kitakoyo-cho, Sakai City.
The Russian Revolution breaks out.
Kounosuke Matsushita starts manufacturing electrical sockets in Osaka.
The postwar decades were marked by a spectacular recovery.
Japanese industry was devastated by World War II. However, through the confusion of the postwar, the Japanese economy underwent a spectacular recovery second to none in the world. Nakatsuji Limited grew rapidly through innovation in this age of turbulence,
Minoru Nakatsuji inherits the Nakatsuji Kikumatsu Shoten, restructuring it as a corporation. The new corporation is called Nakatsuji Limited, and Minoru Nakatsuji became the CEO.
The company starts selling raw materials and manufacturing hot forged parts.
Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics.
Tokyo International Airport "Haneda" starts operation.
The company switches from hot forging to cold forging.
The Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Vietnam War (1960-75).
First flight of YS-11, the first post war Japan-made airliner.
The factory at headquarters in Kita Koyo-Cho, Sakai-City, is renovated in order to expand the scrap metal business.
Mao begins his "Cultural Revolution".
The US begins regular bombing and strafing of North Vietnam.
The Tadaoka Plant is established at Tadaoka-cho in Senboku-gun, as a metal recycling and processing plant.
The US devalues the dollar and realigns the exchange rate.
Okinawa Restoration Convention.
Nisshin Food Products starts to sell Cup Noodle.
The Kitabato Plant is established at Kitabato Cho, Sakai City, with an automated line for cold forging.
Shigeo Nagashima of the Yomiuri Giants retires.
The first "Seven-Eleven" store is opened in Tokyo.
A recycling movement spreads.
Nakatsuji Limited is designated by the Ministry of Finance (Sakai Tax Office) as a "Company of Excellence" , ranking it in the top 1 % of all the approximately 20,000 companies and corporations in the Sakai area. (This designation has continued to the present day.)
Japan-U.S. negotiations on farm products.
Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship.
New Tokyo International Airport "Narita" starts operation.
The Senboku-Takasago Plant is built to expand the cold forging line at Takasago in Takaishi City.
Second Oil Crisis.
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, a nuclear energy reactor at Three Mile Island overheats to 4000 degrees, due to a failed drainage valve. By the end of the day, cooling water is restarted, reducing the temperature and averting a meltdown.
Sony launches the first “Walkman” cassette player.
Matsushita launches the first VHS recorder with up to a 4-hour recording capability.
An Aida 800 ton Press Machine is installed at the Senboku-Takasago Plant. Production starts of forged blank parts of gears and clutches for Mazda.
Britain's Prince Charles announces his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer.
Kenichi Fukui wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Minoru Nakatsuji receives the prestigious “Medal with Blue Ribbon” award for his efforts to develop the scrap processing industry.
Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics.
Tsunefumi Nakatsuji becomes President.
The Plaza Accord is signed by five nations.
Japan Airlines Flight 123 Boeing 747 crashes on Mount Osutaka in Japan.
Starts supplying trailer truck parts for companies such as Fruehauf, Holland Hitch and Landing Gear.
Starts supplying door closer pinion gears for EM Heart, as well as hydraulic parts and tool parts.
The Japanese Yen continued to strengthen against the US dollar and touched a new high of 128.25.
Privatization of Japanese National Railways.
Asahi launches Asahi Super Dry Beer.
Installs the AIDA 630 ton FMX Press Machine with fully enclosed die forging at the Senboku Takasago Plant.
Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics.
Beef, orange trade liberalization agreement between Japan and the US.
The Seto bridge and the Seikan Tunnel open.
The Tokyo Dome is completed.
Marked by crisis in the financial world, and rapid growth of the IT industry, Japan starts a new era.
The first decades of the Heisei period coincided with Japan's economic slump, caused by the collapse of the overheated stock and real estate markets. After the bubble economy years, deregulation and monetary easing, and efficiency of corporate management (with the spread of IT) are implemented by our company.
In times when the transparency and social responsibility of the company are strictly required, Nakatsuji Limited has obtained a variety of authorizations and licenses. The company was honored to be designated by the Sakai Tax Office as an "Exemplary Reporting Company" for the sixth time.
Starts supplying CVJ parts to Velcon (Former company name of GKN Driveline Mexico).
The United Kingdom hands over sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
The Japanese embassy hostage crisis occurs in Lima, Peru.
Financial institutions including Yamaichi Securities, Hokkaido Takusyoku Bank, and Sanyo Securities declare bankruptcy.
The consumption tax rate is raised from 3% to 5%.
Anime film “Princess Mononoke" is released.
The company obtains approval from the Osaka Prefectural Government to operate as a processor of industrial waste (intermediate treatment, crushing).
The Senboku Takasago Plant obtains ISO9002 Quality Management System certification.
The Y2K Problem.
Starts recycling of used office automation equipment, PCs, ATMs, and vending machines, on top of its conventional metal recycling at the Tadaoka Plant.
Establishes the corporate website.
Presidential election in Russia: Vladimir Putin is elected President.
United States presidential election: George W. Bush is elected President.
Hideki Shirakawa wins the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Sony releases the PlayStation 2 video game system.
The Tadaoka Plant obtains ISO14001:2004.
Chinese crude steel production increases rapidly.
The United States and the United Kingdom begin their "shock and awe" campaign, with air strikes on military targets in Baghdad, Iraq.
The Postal Agency becomes Japan Post, a public corporation.
Tsunefumi Nakatsuji becomes the chairman for the Japan Iron And Steel Recycling Institute.
Bank of Japan abolishes the zero interest rate policy.
Japan defeats Cuba to become the winner of the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
Minoru Nakatsuji (founder of the company) passed away, and his memorial service was held in June.
Subprime mortgage crisis in the US.
Japan Post Public Corporation starts operation.
Begins supplying CVJ parts to NTN Corporation.
The iron and steel scrap delivered price climbs to JPY 70,000 per ton, a record high.
Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy and World Financial Crisis.
Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
Apple launches the iPhone.
Tsunefumi Nakatsuji attends the World Recycling Meeting in Beijing and gives a lecture.
Snapshot at the GKN European Headquarters
Prime Minister Abe starts second term.
Tokyo Skytree opens.
The penetration rate of the smart phone reaches approximately 50% of households.
The Precision Warm Forging Line is established in addition to the Precision Cold Forging Line at the Senboku Takasago Plant.
The company is designated as a "key company" by the Association of Recycling Companies for Used Home Electric Appliances.
Park Geum-hye is elected President of South Korea.
Xi Jinping is elected General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.
Mount Fuji wins Unesco world heritage status.
The company obtains permission for moving its waste disposal facilities.
The company is officially approved as a Recycling Company for Used Home Electric Appliances by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
Multiple terrorist attacks in Paris.
Satoshi Omura wins the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Hokuriku Shinkansen starts service.
The Senboku Takasago Plant obtains ISO/TS16949:2009 from DQS GmbH.
The U.K.'s secession from the EU is won by an English withdrawal group in a referendum.
Donald Trump Elected U.S. President.
Yuriko Koike wins the Tokyo gubernatorial election.