History of the Taisei Group of Companies

Taisei Corporation's Journey over 140 Years

2013 marked the 140th anniversary of the founding of Taisei Corporation, the core company of the Group. Since the founding of Okura Gumi Shokai by our founder, Kihachiro Okura in 1873, we have contributed to the development of society through the construction of a safe and comfortable living environment. For the future also we will apply all the energies of our Group to the creation of greater future value.

1873 to 1945

Construction projects to support modernization of Japan

:Established :Completed construction

1873
Kihachiro Okura established Okura Gumi Shokai
 
Ginza Renga Gai (Ginza Brick Street) [reconstruction]
1882
Arc lighting lit in front of Okuragumi Shokai in Ginza
1883
The Rokumeikan building
1887
Nippon Doboku Co., Ltd.[the first corporation in the construction industry]
1890
Lake Biwa Lock and Tunnel
1911
Okura Gumi Civil Engineering Department launched
1912
Ujigawa Power Station for Ujigawa Electric Co.
1916
Tokyo urban elevated line from Tokyo Station to Manseibashi to Shin-Tokiwabashi
1917
Okura Doboku Gumi [first stock-type company in the construction industry]
1923
New Imperial Hotel
1927
Tokyo Metro from Ueno to Asakusa [first metro in Asia]
1931
Okura Schanze ski jump
1936
Kawana Hotel Fuji golf course
1939
Special Japanese Pavilion at the San Francisco Exposition

1946 to 1969

From restoration to new growth

:Established :Completed construction

1946
Name changed to Taisei Corporation
1947
Election of President and Directors by employee voting
1953
Yuraku Real Estate Co., Ltd. [currently Taisei ‒Yuraku Real Estate Co., Ltd.]
1955
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal Building
1956
Seiwa Machinery Co., Ltd. [currently Seiwa Renewal Works Co., Ltd.]
1957
Listing of shares on Tokyo Stock Exchange [first in the construction industry]
1958
National Stadium (Tokyo) [venue for the third Asian Games]
1960
Technical research center [currently Technology Center]
1961
Taisei Road Construction Co., Ltd. [currently Taisei Rotec Corporation]
1962
Hotel Okura, Tokyo
 
Hotel Indonesia [first overseas construction project after world war II]
1963
Taisei Prefabrication Construction Co., Ltd. [currently Taisei U-LEC Co., Ltd.]
1964
Hotel New Otani Main Building [first high rise hotel building in Japan]
 
Mt. Fuji Weather Station
1965
Taiko Setsubi Co., Ltd. [currently Taisei Setsubi Co., Ltd.]
1966
Kyoto International Conference Center

1970 to 1989

Creation of new technologies and the challenges of national projects

:Established :Completed construction

1970
Osaka Expo Fuji Group Pavilion
 
Sanyo Shinkansen Yoshii River Bridge
1971
Taisei Service, Inc. [currently Taisei ‒Yuraku Real Estate Co.,Ltd.]
 
Okurayama Schanze ski jump [refurbishment]
1973
Celebration of 100th anniversary of founding
1974
Hotel New Otani Tower
 
State Guest House [refurbishment]
1978
Qatar Steel Plant
1979
Research Institute moved to Yokohama
 
Shinjuku Center Building [headquarters moved to Shinjuku]
1981
Gulf Cement Factory,USA
1983
Asahan Tangga Hydroelectric power station, Indonesia
1985
UBN Complex, Malaysia
1986
Beijing Shangri La International Hotel, China
1987
Seikan Tunnel [world's longest]
 
Hilton International Hotel Colombo, Sri Lanka
1988
Cirata Hydroelectric Power Station, Indonesia
 
Sheraton Grande Torrey Pines, USA
1989
Kansai International Airport land reclamation

1990 to 2014

Care for the environment, contributing to safety and security of society

:Established :Completed construction

1991
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Main Building No. 1
1997
New Kuala Lumpur International Airport Malaysia
 
Taisei Housing Corporation
1999
Subaru Telescope, Hawaii, USA
 
Expressway 2, Taiwan
2001
Ilo Coal-Fired Power Plant, Peru
2003
Indus Highway Project(N-55), Kohat Tunnel and Access Roads,Pakistan
2006
UNIMAS (University Malaysia Sarawak) Development Project
 
Bangkok Industrial Ring Road, Cable-stayed Bridges, Thailand
2008
The Palm Jumeirah Submarine Tunnel, Dubai, UAE
 
Bali Beach Conservation Project, Package IV: Shore
ProtectionWork for Kuta Beach, Indonesia
 
Coal Unloading jetty and Connecting Bridge, Taiwan
2009
Djibouti Kempinski Hotel 11
 
Jimah Coal Fired Power Station, Malaysia
 
Al Mas Tower, Dubai , UAE
2010
Improvement of Kararo-Wadh Section of National HighwayN-25, Pakistan
 
Yas Island South Crossing Tunnel
2012
Taisei-Yuraku Real Estate Co., Ltd.
2013
New Doha International Airport, Qatar
 
Bosphorus Strait Crossing Railway Tunnel, Turkey
2014
Otemachi Tower, Tokyo

1873 to 1945
Construction projects to support the modernization of Japan

Under the conviction and passion of our founder, Kihachiro Okura, many pioneering projects were successfully completed, contributing to modern national construction in Japan.

The founder, Kihachiro Okura

Kihachiro Okura was born in Shibata, Echigo (Niigata) at the end of the Edo Era. At the age of 18 he went to Tokyo, and successively tried his hand at various new businesses of the times, such as building contracts, Western goods, trading, etc. In 1873 he established Okura Gumi Shokai, the first trading company by a Japanese person. He undertook direct importing and construction of buildings, gathered around him talented engineers, and successfully carried out major constructions such as the Rokumeikan Building, Usui Tunnel, Hakodate Dock, etc. In addition he launched various types of project, such as electrical power, gas, brewing, hotels, schools, etc., which were major achievements for the modernization of Japan.

The founder, Kihachiro Okura

1873:Ginza Brick Street Restoration

This was a project to regenerate and restore Ginza, which had been burned down in a fi re, using incombustible bricks.

1873:Ginza Brick Street Restoration

1890:Lake Biwa Lock and Tunnel

This was a pioneering modernization project constructed so that the water of Lake Biwa could be used for water transport and power generation, etc.

1890:Lake Biwa Lock and Tunnel

1927:Tokyo Metro (between Ueno and Asakusa)

This was the first underground railway in the orient. A pioneering construction method was used for underground excavation that ensured that road traffic could flow above.

1927:Tokyo Metro (between Ueno and Asakusa)

1946 to 1969
From restoration to new growth

After passing through the post-war period of chaos, the company made a new start as Taisei Corporation, undertaking post-war restoration work and the development of the regenerated Japan.

The Birth of Taisei Corporation

In 1946 the predecessor of the company, Okura Doboku, was thrown into a crisis that threatened the company's existence, with the order to dissolve zaibatsus (financial conglomerates). Before this Okura Doboku had changed its name to Taisei Corporation to make a new start, and in 1947 the President and Directors were elected by employee vote, an unprecedented method of voting for the President and Directors. In addition, an employee shareholding system was instituted in which employees could buy shares in the company.

Japan's First High-rise Hotel Building
Hotel New Otani Main Building
1964

This was Japan's first 1,000 room class international hotel, constructed in conjunction with the Tokyo Olympics held in 1964. In order to realize high-rise building (height 60 m or more), the challenge of constructing a hotel with a flexible structure was undertaken for the first time in Japan. The techniques used here were successively adopted on the group of taller high-rise buildings in Shinjuku, and widely used elsewhere.

Hotel New Otani Main Building

1958:National Stadium

This was a major athletics stadium constructed for the Third Asian Games. After refurbishment it was used as the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics (1964).

1958:National Stadium

1962:Hotel Indonesia

This was our first post-war overseas project. At the time this was the only international class hotel in Indonesia, so 30 years later in 1993 it was declared to be a historical asset of Jakarta City.

1962:Hotel Indonesia

1970 to 1989
Creation of new technologies and the challenges of national projects

We participated in many national projects, and undertook the challenges of improving our technical and overall capabilities, in order to respond to diversified construction needs.

Birth of the New Technology Center

In 1979 our Research Institute (currently the Technology Center) which was the center for research and development in the company, was transferred to and re-opened in Totsuka-ku, Yokohama City. In addition to being equipped with the most advanced testing equipment, such as large structural testing equipment for measuring the strength of concrete, etc., an open layout was adopted without partitions in the research rooms, in order to produce research that expands beyond specialist fields, aiming for an open research institute.

Birth of the New Technology Center
National Project to Link Honshu and Shikoku
North and South Bisan Seto Bridges
1985

The giant anchorages (concrete blocks) with a height of 103 m for anchoring the main cables of the North and South Bisan Seto Bridges were constructed in the sea. Under the severe conditions with rapid tidal currents and deep water, the sea bottom was excavated 10 m down to construct the foundations, and a total of 290,000 m3 of concrete was poured to construct the bridge piers. Although the company had much experience in marine civil engineering, this was a construction project on which our technologies were exhibited to the full.

North and South Bisan Seto Bridges
Unprecedented Construction in the History of Civil Engineering in Japan
Seikan Tunnel
1987

At the time of opening, this was and currently remains the world's longest operational railway tunnel. The construction took 24 years. The scale was unprecedented in the history of civil engineering in Japan, with a total of 14 million workers having been involved in the work. The company was responsible for the Yoshioka construction sector on the Hokkaido side. New technologies that rewrote the history of civil engineering were successively developed, demonstrating that our technology for long tunnels under the sea was at the world's top level.

Seikan Tunnel

1979:Shinjuku Center Building

This was constructed as the culmination of all the technology on high-rise building construction accumulated to that time. In 2009 it was the first to implement retrofit measures against long period seismic motions.

1979:Shinjuku Center Building

1985:Malaysia UNB Complex

This is a multi-purpose high-rise building consisting of a hotel, offices, and apartments, 31 stories above ground constructed in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. In 1982 we opened a sales office in Malaysia, and in this period overseas construction expanded, as we won several large scale construction projects in Malaysia.

1985:Malaysia UNB Complex

1987:Singapore Mass Rapid Transit, Singapore

1987:Singapore Mass Rapid Transit, Singapore

1988:Cirata Hydroelectric Power Station (Indonesia)

This was the largest national project in Indonesia at the time. It is still the largest source of electric power on Java Island.

1988:Cirata Hydroelectric Power Station (Indonesia)

1990 to 2014
Care for the environment, contributing to safety and security of society

We are contributing to the development of a sustainable society by actively undertaking measures to solve environmental problems, and providing measures to protect society and lifestyles from disasters.

Formulation of new corporate ideals, action guidelines and symbol mark

The new corporate ideal “to create a vibrant environment for all members of society” was introduced in 1990, as concern over environmental problems increased worldwide. The orange, blue and green in the symbol mark represent a bright future, outstanding technology and rich nature respectively, symbolizing the company strongly continuing with our corporate activities, while maintaining equilibrium with the natural environment.

Formulation of new corporate ideals, action guidelines and symbol mark
Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway
1997

Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway has a total length of 15.1 km and connects Kawasaki City and Kisarazu City via an undersea tunnel, an artificial island and a bridge. The company was responsible for the shield tunnel on the Kawasaki side and the artificial island. The Kawasaki artificial island was the base for commencement of the undersea shield tunnel, and after the tunnel was opened, a ventilation facility was constructed on the artificial island. Overcoming the problems of soft soils below the seabed in 25 m depth of water was a major task. The ventilation tower that is suggestive of the sails of a yacht is a monument to that construction over 9 years.

Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway
Environmental Design that Increases the Local Charm
Sapporo Dome
2001

Sapporo Dome was developed on the remains of a broad agricultural testing station on the outskirts of Sapporo. During this construction, 8,000 trees were replanted and a waterside environment was created to ensure biological continuity with the broad rich green land, and in addition a natural grassland was cultivated. In a survey carried out after the construction, it was confirmed that there was more flora and fauna inhabiting this area compared with before construction.

Sapporo Dome

1991:Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No. 1

This building is the symbol of Tokyo the international city, rising out of the new urban center. It has been provided with high seismic resistance, and is equipped with intelligent functions that were the most advanced at the time.

1991:Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No. 1

1993:Yokohama Landmark Tower

This high-rise building was once the highest in Japan. It has played the leading role in the development of the Minaro Mirai 21 area.

1993:Yokohama Landmark Tower

1997:New Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia

The modern form and functional design was carried out by the Japanese architect, the late Kisho Kurokawa. The company constructed the main terminal.

1997:New Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia

2003:Indus Highway Project (N-55), Kohat Tunnel and Access Roads, Pakistan

We opened a Liaison office in Pakistan in 2002. At that time our business expanded mainly with civil engineering projects, starting with the Kohat Tunnel.

2003:Indus Highway Project (N-55), Kohat Tunnel and Access Roads, Pakistan

2010:Palm Jumeirah Undersea Tunnel

This is an undersea tunnel connecting the tip of the palm tree-shaped main island and the outer ring crescent island. Our environmental management work to conserve marine life was highly evaluated, and was widely covered in the local newspapers.

2010:Palm Jumeirah Undersea Tunnel

Aiming to Create Future Value

We aim to create future value by promoting technical innovations in response to the problems associated with changes in society.

Long-term Business Plan for Sustainable Development
Formulation of Taisei Vision 2020
2010

In 2010 all the Directors of the Group re-formulated the system of ideals to enable a sense of unity in the Group, that was clear and easy to understand and could be shared. Also, the “Taisei Vision 2020” was formulated as the long-term business plan within the new system of ideals that would serve as a signpost to achievement of the future aimed for 10 years hence. At present a Mid-term Business Plan (2012-2014) is being implemented, which reflects the main policy measures of this vision.

The World's First Hybrid Runway
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Runway D
2010

Runway D at Haneda Airport has a hybrid structure that combines a reclaimed land portion with a jetty portion, so as not to block the flow at the mouth of the Tama River. The deck of the jetty portion uses a type of high strength fiber reinforced concrete known as Ductal, to increase both strength and durability. Also, a large scale production system for about 200,000 m2 of Ductal deck slabs was established, a first in the world.

Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Runway D
Aiming for Creation of Innovative Technologies
Expansion of the Technology Center Facilities on a 5-year Plan
2012

As interest in the disaster prevention and energy fields has increased rapidly and to strengthen our system of developing new technologies in response to these needs, since 2012 the facilities of the Technology Center are being expanded on a 5-year plan. In 2014, a Zero Energy Building (ZEB) will open with the aim of demonstrating and creating urban-style ZEBs. In addition, a construction ICT building for demonstrating mechanized construction and remote control technologies and a tsunami experimental facility, etc., are being newly established, to promote the creation of innovative technologies.

Expansion of the Technology Center Facilities on a 5-year Plan

2013:New Doha International Airport Terminal Building (Qatar)

This is a hub airport constructed to the world's highest levels in Qatar. This project was successfully completed by bringing together our know how cultivated in the construction of many airports.

2013:New Doha International Airport Terminal Building (Qatar)

2013:Bosphorus Straits Crossing Railway Tunnel (Turkey)

This project is said to have been the earnest wish of the Turkish people for 150 years. It was completed by overcoming many technical tunneling challenges for the first time in the world.

2013:Bosphorus Straits Crossing Railway Tunnel (Turkey)

2014:The Otemachi Tower

This project aimed to achieve urban renewal and renewal of nature. At the base of the high-rise building a green area was created with a form close to that of a natural forest.

2014:The Otemachi Tower
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