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Kaminomoto Company Limited was founded in 1908, and it is one of the most experienced manufactures of cosmetics and drugs in Japan.
We are unique in that we have been cultivating markets for hair growth
preparations in the world, combing high technology and traditional
wisdom concerning the power of natural medicinal herbs, roots and plants.
We are now widely known to the world outside Japan.
KAMINOMOTO, 加美乃素, 髪之素
Head office
3-25 Kumochibashi-dori, 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 651-0055 Japan
TEL (078)231-1455 FAX (078)231-8265
Tokyo branch
24-6, 3-chome, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033 Japan
TEL (03)814-0211 FAX (03)814-0216
1-11 Kumochibashi-dori, 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 651-0055 Japan
Founded in
134,000,000 Japanese Yen
Sales route
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. Sannomiya branch,
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Sannomiya Corporate Business Office
President Norihira Nakamura
His native place
His public office
Chairman of Hyogoken Keshouhin Seizou Yunyu Hanbai Kyoukai,
Vice Chairman of Cosmetic Industrial Association of Japan,
Vice Chairman of Cosmetic Industrial Association of West Japan
Constitution of Products
Hair products 80%, Others 20%

History(in Japan)

1908 August Established in Kobe. Launched "Kami Paper Powder".
1932 April Settled the company structure as the limited partnership company.
Started manufacturing and launching Hair Grower "KAMINOMOTO" and promoted through newspapers, magazines and so on.
1934 April Changed the company structure from the limited partnership company to the general partnership company.
1951 April Recovered after World War II. Relocated the headquarters and factory to the current place, and resumed manufacturing and launching "KAMINOMOTO".
1953 November Changed the company structure from the general partnership company to “Kaminomoto Co., Ltd.”.
1956 May Established “Kaminomoto sales in Tokyo Co., Ltd” in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. (Current: Tokyo branch).
1957 November The headquarters building completed at the current place.
1959 April The TV program “Kaminomoto Sunday Theater” started on Nationwide TV station, Nippon Television.
1959 June Launched “Kaminomoto” for South East Asia.
1959 December Launched the first liquid hair styling product in Japan “Pomadol”. This product had explosive sales so we became well-known as a famous brand of hair styling products at once.
1960 April Won a prize of Invention for "KAMINOMOTO".
1961 March South factory completed at the headquarters.
1961 April Won a prize of Invention for Hair Liquid "POMADOL".
1961 October Launched Kaminomoto products in Italy and got a footing in European market.
1962 January West factory completed at the headquarters.
1962 June Reported our original ingredient "KAMIGEN" for Alopecia at The 3rd International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists in New York.
1962 October The welfare hall “Maya building” completed.
1965 March Launched the updated products“Kaminomoto A series” with our original ingredients Kamigen E and Kamigen K .
1967 April Launched hair grower "BLACK KAMINOMOTO A" and hair styling product "BLACK POMADOL A".
1968 April Reported our original ingredient "NEO TAKANAL Derivative" for Alopecia at The 5th International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists in Tokyo.
1970 May Launched Hair growers for young people "KAMINOMOTO MEN'S KAMINOMOTO" and "KAMINOMOTO LADIES' KAMINOMOTO" and got more young customers.
1975 April Performed “Kaminomoto on Stage” by the Takarazuka Revue at 47 sites across the country.
1977 August Held the hair counseling campaign “Kami Matsuri” at stores across the country and opened “Hair consultation service for customers” in the headquarters at the same time.
1983 July Launched new products "MEDICATED KAMINOMOTO" and "MEDICATED KAMINOMOTO S" with the herbal ingredient Rosemary extract.
1990 July Reported about "incentive to Melanocyte" at The World Congress of Pharmacology in Amsterdam.
1995 January Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake occurred. Especially, our manufacturing line was heavily damaged by the earthquake but we resumed it and restarted manufacturing very soon.
1996 March Launched whitening skin care products with the new patent Vitamin C “AA-2G”, “Elastect Whitening”.
1997 September Reported our original ingredient "AA-2G" at The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists in Acapulco.
2000 March Launched “Kaminomoto A (Non-fragrance)”.
2001 February Launched New typed Hair Manicure "Color Again".
2003 February Launched New Hair Accelerator "Medicated Hair Growth Trigger" with Oil-soluble Masaki Extract which is extracted from Masaki leaf and stem, rebuilds the network of capillary vessels around hair roots by the vascular function.
2006 September Launched New Hair Manicure "Kamikrone" with double coloring effects which are hair manicure and the coloring effect by the daylight.
2007 March Launched Hair Accelerator "Tokusei Kyoryoku Kaminomoto A (Non Fragrance)".
2008 March Launched Hair Grower "Kyoryoku Kaminomoto A (Non Fragrance)".
2009 September Launched Hair Nutrients "Ladies Kaminomoto EX (Non Fragrance)".
2009 October Donated the curtain “Access the World-Hishou-“ to Takarazuka Grand Theater.
2011 February Launched New Medical Hair Accelerator “Vi-Kaminomoto” and new Hair Oil "Pomadol Olive Hair Emollient Series" with olive oil.
2011 September Launched New Hair Nutrients "Black Kaminomoto NEO".
2012 March Launched New Hair Manicure "Color de eco" and “Color de retouch.”
2013 February Launched New Hair Grower "Medicated Bihatsugen".
2013 August Launched New Hair Nutrients " Ladies Dark Brown".
2014 February New Brand " Hairie" was born and launched “Quick Blow Mist (Bulgarian Rose fragrance)” and “KaHoRe: Hair Essence”.
2014 September Redesigned “Hair Accelerator (Lemon lime fragrance and Floral fragrance)” bottle.
2015 February Launched “Hairie Quick Blow Mist (Citrus fragrance)”.
2015 September Launched New Hair Manicure “Color Again Plus”.
2016 February New Brand “Mineral Hair Series” was born and launched New Hair Grower “Medicated Mineral Hair Grower”, New Hair Shampoo “Medicated Mineral Hair Scalp Shampoo” and New Hair Conditioner “Mineral Hair Scalp Massage Gel Conditioner”.

History(in the world)

※Countries marked in gray are not on sale now.
1959 Launched in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Ceylon, Okinawa.
1961 Launched in Italy.
1962 Exhibited in the International Trade Fair in Milan, Italy.
Launched in Thailand, Australia, Kuwait and Mexico.
1963 Launched in Ethiopia, Vietnam, Switzerland, Denmark, Panama.
1964 Launched in Indonesia, Philippines, France, West Germany and Finland.
Announced new ingredient "KAMIGEN" in the Third "International Federation of Societies
of Cosmetic Chemists" in New York, U.S.A
1965 Launched in South Africa, Mauritius, South Islands, Taiwan, Guam, Curacao and U.S.A.
1966 Launched in Nigeria.
1967 Launched in Mozambique.
1968 Announced new ingredient "NEO-TAKANAL derivatives" in the fifth International
Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists in Tokyo, Japan.
Launched in Sweden.
1970 Launched in Angola, Laos, Yemen, Portugal, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
1971 Launched in Kenya and New Hebrides.
1972 Launched in Suriname.
1975 Launched in Dominican Republic and Canary Islands.
1978 Launched in Seychelles.
1981 Launched in Muscat.
1985 Launched in Korea.
1995 Launched in Canada.
1997 Launched in Nepal.
2000 Launched in Bangladesh.
2003 Launched in Kazakhstan.
2006 Launched in Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
2007 Launched in Afghanistan.
2008 Launched in Holland.
2009 Launched in Egypt.
2010 Launched in Sudan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar.
2013 Launched in Russia.
2014 Launched in Yemen and India.
2015 Launched in Armenia, Poland, Maldives, Brunei and Cambodia.
2016 Launched in Mongolia.
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