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The Pokémon Company is the company in charge of marketing and licensing Pokémon content.

History

Originally named "The Pokémon Center Company" and founded in 1998, The Pokémon Company was established through joint investment by the three businesses holding the copyright on Pokémon: Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK. The company name was changed to its present iteration in October 2000. Since that time, our business activities have grown and diversified into several distinct areas, maintaining a focus on our license management business.

1998

April

  • The Pokémon Center Company is established in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. (Capital: 60 million yen)
  • The Pokémon Center Tokyo is established.

December

The Pokémon Center Tohoku is established in Sendai, Miyagid in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

November

The Pokémon Center Osaka is established in Umeda, Osaka.

1999

September

Capital is increased to ¥240 million.

2000

October

Company name changes to The Pokémon Company. Game-related business begins.

December

License-related business begins.

2001

February

  • Overseas affiliate Pokémon USA, Inc. (now The Pokémon Company International) is established in Delaware, U.S.A.
  • Capital is increased to ¥360 million.

May

Capital is increased to ¥361.8 million.

June

Capital is increased to ¥365.4 million.

2002

July

Mobile phone website Pokémon Hiroba is launched.

October

The Pokémon Center Nagoya is established in Sakae, Nagoya.

November

The Official Pokémon website is launched.

2003

March

Representative office is established in London, England.

November

The Pokémon Center Fukuoka is established in Hakata, Fukuoka.

2004

January

The Pokémon Daisuki Club is launched.

2005

March

The Pokémon Center Yokohama is established in Minato Mirai, Yokohama.

2006

August

Overseas affiliate Pokémon Korea, Inc., is established in Seoul, South Korea.

2007

July

The Pokémon Center Tokyo is remodeled and reopened.

2009

March

The Pokémon Center Sapporo is established in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

2010

April

The Pokémon Communications Company, an affiliate, is established.

November

The Pokémon Center Osaka is remodeled and reopened in Umeda, Osaka.

2011

March

The Pokémon Center Fukuoka is remodeled and reopened in Hakata-eki, Fukuoka.

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