Corporate Profile

Corporate Name:
SHIMIZU CORPORATION
Head Office:
2-16-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8370
Tel.:
+81-3-3561-1111 (Main line)
President and Representative Director:
Kazuyuki Inoue
Founded:
In 1804 by Kisuke Shimizu
Capital:
JPY 74,365 million
Employees:
10,728 (as of April 1, 2017)
Lines of Business:
Construction, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Property Services
(General Construction Business)
Construction Business Licenses:Issued by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
(Special-26) No. 3200
(General-26) No. 3200

Introductory Video: "Monozukuri Craftsmanship: Tradition and New Challenges ―Shimizu Corporation―"

Access

headquarters map
Address:
2-16-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8370
Tel.:
+81-3-3561-1111 (Main line)
Closest Stations:
  • Toei Asakusa Line, Takaracho Station (Exit A8): Nearby
  • Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Kyobashi Station (Exit 6): 5 minute walk
  • JR Line, Tokyo Station (Yaesu South Exit): 10 minute walk
  • JR Line/Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Hatchobori Station (Exits A3 and A5): 10 minute walk

History

1804:
Founder Kisuke Shimizu I establishes the company in Kanda Kajicho, Edo (present-day Tokyo).
1937:
Reorganized as Shimizu Gumi, Ltd.
1948:
Renamed Shimizu Construction Co., Ltd.
1962:
Shares listed on First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1991:
Seavans is completed in Minato-ku, Tokyo and the head office is moved there from Kyobashi.
2003:
200 years since Shimizu was established.
2012:
Completed new head office in Kyobashi, Tokyo.

Past, Present, and Future of Shimizu Corporation

Shimizu Corporation was founded in 1804. The company began when Kisuke Shimizu I, who was a carpenter in Etchu or what is now Toyama Prefecture, launched the business in the Kanda Kajicho district of Edo (now Tokyo). From the moment the company was founded, Kisuke Shimizu I aspired to wholeheartedly devote himself to the company’s work and create quality reliable products. Today, Shimizu continually delves deeply into knowledge and technology to meet the needs of its clients and, by extension, society.

1804-1945: From the founding until the end of the war, when the foundation of the company was built

Kisuke Shimizu I and Kisuke Shimizu II, who built the foundation of Shimizu

In 1804, Kisuke I, who opened the business in Edo, was recognized for his superior skills and selected to help build the West Wing of Edo Castle. Kisuke II designed and built the Tsukiji Hotel, Japan’s first western-style hotel, in 1868. They built the foundation of the company through their spirit of innovation and superb technical skills.

Tokyo Mokkoujou Arts & Crafts Furnishings opened with the technical craftsmanship passed down from ancient times

In 1884, a lumber cutting and assembly facility (now Tokyo Mokkoujou Arts & Crafts Furnishings) was opened in what is now Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Shimizu is the only major construction company to have its own wood-processing facility.

Kisuke Shimizu I
Kisuke Shimizu I
Kisuke Shimizu II
Kisuke Shimizu II

Construction industry’s first drafting room established

Around 1887, a drafting room was established to develop personnel capable of drafting Western architectural designs. This was the precursor of today’s Design Division.

Construction industry’s first R&D center established

Shimizu Corporation had been putting efforts into research and development since before World War II. In 1944, in the middle of the war, a research center was established within the Design Division. This was the first R&D center in the industry.

Industry’s first R&D center
Industry’s first R&D center

1946-2000: Technological innovation and taking on the challenge of leading edge technology

Taking on the challenge of the unprecedented suspension roof — Yoyogi National Stadium

Yoyogi National Stadium was built in 1964 for the 18th Olympics in Tokyo. The suspension roof structure used for the external complex curved surface was something rarely seen in the world at that time.

Yoyogi National Stadium
Yoyogi National Stadium

Japan’s first underground LNG storage tank built, heralding a new era in energy

In 1970, Japan’s first underground LNG storage tank (capacity, 10,000 kl) was built on the premises of the Tokyo Gas Negishi Terminal. The propelling force behind this was the transition to clean energy.

Japan’s first underground LNG storage tank Tokyo Gas Negishi Terminal
Japan’s first underground LNG storage tank
Tokyo Gas Negishi Terminal

Japan’s first seismic isolation retrofit in renovation of the National Museum of Western Art

This art museum was designed by Le Corbusier and build by Shimizu Corporation in 1959. In 1998, the museum was renovated with Japan’s first seismic isolation retrofit. Shimizu succeeded in securing anti-seismic performance while preserving Le Corbusier’s original design.

National Museum of Western Art
National Museum of Western Art

2001 onward: Looking toward the future of the construction industry

Success in building Japan’s first zero energy building (ZEB) — Seicho-no-Ie’s Office in the Forest

In 2013, Shimizu succeeded in building a zero energy building in Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture that made maximum use of natural energy adapted to the specific characteristics of the region. We are aiming to achieve ZEB in a mid-rise building in 2018.

Strong and flexible, facilities and community planning that are people-friendly and easy on the environment

In 2012, a smart community was created in the Kyobashi area, with the newly opened Kyobashi head office as its nucleus. The Kyobashi Smart Community Council was established, and ISO 22301 (Business Continuity Management Systems) and ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems) certifications were acquired for an entire community block, for the first time in Japan.

Kyobashi Smart Community
Kyobashi Smart Community

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