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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 inc. 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, 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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