Chronology

The early origins of the company come from when Yutaka Kubota and his Japanese colleagues engaged in the development of power stations on the Korean Peninsula over several years prior to 1945. They worked on the Suiho Dam and Supung Hydropower Station on the Yalu River, which flows along the border of North Korea and China. The Supung Hydropower Plant was at the time one of the world's largest dams, and it contributed to the growth of economic activities and nation building from the Korean peninsula to northeastern China. They also worked on other power developments, railways, and water conveyance projects.

Suiho Dam, northern Korea

In Sept 1946, amid the postwar turmoil, Nippon Koei, was formed to provide a home office for skilled engineers to make the most of their pre-war experience, and also to achieve national reconstruction. The zeal of Yutaka Kubota and the other returning engineers to rebuild their homeland became the cornerstone of today's Nippon Koei.

Even as he devoted his efforts to restoring Japan's devastated infrastructure and electrical power business, Yutaka Kubota, one of the founders of Nippon Koei, had the vision to expand the operations to reconstruction of war-ravaged countries abroad. The other engineers in the group were inspired by Kubota's zeal. Kubota urged them to concentrate wholeheartedly on fulfilling their projects "in good faith" and he taught them that, provided they undertook tasks with sincerity, a way would always open up. Such attitude bore fruit, leading to an order for a power generation project in Burma (present-day Myanmar), their first overseas operation.

Baluchaung Hydropower development (Myanmar)
Nippon Koei HQ building (1953)

Although many engineers entered Nippon Koei in these times simply to earn a livelihood, they soon came under the influence of Mr. Kubota's way of thinking of their work as a calling to contribute to the global society. Mr. Kubota's conviction was that that sincerity was the key to achieving goals. He would often say, "Tackle your problems with sincerity and the road ahead shall be clear".

Our company has now been operating for over half a century. Our fields of expertise and the scale of projects we take on have vastly expanded. However, one thing that has not changed is that the spirit instilled in the company by its founder continues to live on.

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1946 June. Nippon Koei established in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
1947 June. The Kawasaki Plant is established.
Sept. The Sendai Representative Office is established (later promoted to the Tohoku Branch in November 1948 and renamed into the Sendai Branch Office in April 1984).
Oct. The Company changes its name into Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.
1949 Oct. The Company acquires a special construction business license and is registered following an amendment to the Construction Business Act in June 1974.
1951 May. The Osaka Office is established (later promoted to the Osaka Branch Office in April 1978).
1954 Apr. The Sapporo Office is established (later promoted to the Sapporo Branch Office in April 1984).
Apr. Received order for planning of Baluchaung Power Plant in Burma.
1956 Sept. The Saigon Office is established in Vietnam.
1958 Apr. Acquired Nikki Manufacturing Co., Ltd.(name changed to Nikki Corporation* in July 1982)
1961 Jan. The Civil Engineering Laboratory is established in Hatogaya, Saitama Prefecture (later renamed into the Engineering Laboratory in 1962).
Apr. The Jakarta Office is established in Indonesia.
May. The Company is registered as a first class architect office.
1962 Sept. The Company is registered to engage in surveying services.
1963 Apr. Shares listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Aug. The Yokohama Plant is established (which is now operated as Yokohama Technology Center).
1964 Dec. The Company is registered to engage in construction consultancy.
1969 Jan. The Fukuoka Sales Office is established (later promoted to the Fukuoka Branch Office in April 1974).
1970 June. The Hiroshima Representative Office is established (later promoted to the Hiroshima Branch Office in April 1990).
1977 Nov. The Company is registered to engage in the geological survey business.
1978 Mar. New head office building completed in Kojimachi, Tokyo; relocated head office.
Apr. The Company adopts the divisional organization system and is restructured to consist of the corporate headquarters and four operations.
Sept. listing moved to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1981 Apr. The Manila Office is established in the Philippines.
1982 Apr. The Niigata Representative Office is established (later promoted to the Niigata Branch Office in July 2001).
Apr. The Shikoku Representative Office is established (later promoted to the Shikoku Branch Office in April 2002).
1984 Mar. The Kubota fund is established as a charitable trust, after a contribution from the Company's founder Yutaka Kubota.
June. The East Africa Office is established in Kenya (later renamed into the Nairobi Office in November 1997).
Dec. An annex is erected at Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (later renamed into the Hanzomon Office in July 1995).
1985 Feb. The Company is registered to serve as a compensation consultant.
Apr. Chairman Yutaka Kubota is presented with Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
1986 Oct. Koei System Co., Ltd. is established (now a consolidated subsidiary).
1988 Apr. The Company is registered to engage in the measurement certification business.
1989 Feb. The Company is registered as an electric contractor for non-utility electrical facilities.
Oct. Philkoei International, Inc.* established in the Philippines.
1990 May. The Company formulates the NK 21st Century Vision.
1991 May. The Company formulates the NK 21st Century Vision Action Plan.
July. The Chubu Office is established in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (later promoted to the Nagoya Branch Office in July 1992).
Oct. The Hanoi Office is established in Vietnam.
1992 Aug. PT. Indokoei International* established in Indonesia El Koei Co., Ltd.* established.
Oct. The R&D Center is established at Kukizaki-machi (now in the city of Tsukuba), Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
Oct. El Koei Co., Ltd. is established (now a consolidated subsidiary).
1993 Oct. The Colombo Office is established in Sri Lanka.
1995 July. KRI International Corp.* established
(name changed to Koei Research & Consulting Inc. (KRC) in July 2017).
1996 Apr. The Company formulates the NK 21st Century Vision New Action Plan.
2000 Aug. Nippon Koei U.K. Co., Ltd.* established.
Oct. The Company's industry category at the Tokyo Stock Change is changed from construction to services.
Oct. The New Delhi Office is established in India.
2001 Oct. The Shin-Kojimachi Office is established at Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Dec. As a new plant, the Fukushima Works is established in Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
2003 Feb. The Company is designated as a designated investigation institution pursuant to the Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act.
July. Nippon Koei Latin America-Caribbean Co., Ltd.* established.
Oct. Nippon Civic Consulting Engineers Co., Ltd.* becomes a subsidiary.
2005 Mar. Tamano Consultants Co., Ltd.* becomes a subsidiary.
Mar. The Company issues a notice to engage in specified worker dispatching undertaking.
2007 Mar. The Middle East Office is established in Jordan.
June. Nippon Koei LAC do Brasil Ltda.* established in Brazil.
July. The Tokyo Branch Office is established.
2008 June. Nippon Koei India Pvt. Ltd.* established in India.
2010 Sept. NKLAC, Inc.* established in Panama
(name changed to Nippon Koei LAC, Inc. in September 2011).
2011 Apr. The Bangkok Office is re-established in Thailand.
2012 Jan. Nippon Koei Vietnam International Co., Ltd.* established.
Mar. The Yangon Office is re-established in Myanmar.
Apr. The Lima Office is re-established in Peru.
2015 Feb. The Company announces the Group Vision and the Long-Term Management Strategy.
July. The Company announces the Medium-Term Management Plan (NK-AIM).
Oct. Dhaka Office opened in Bangladesh.
2016 Apr. BDP Holdings Limited, a UK design consultancy company, becomes a subsidiary.
2017 Apr. Koei Research & Consulting Inc. established
(Koei Research Institute International Corp. and System Science Consultants Co., Ltd. merged).

*Currently a consolidated subsidiary

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