KITAMURA HOLDINGS

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Kitamura Holdings
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Corporate Vision

The world's leading
photo life company.

Kitamura Holdings, the world's leading photo life company, has a high market share in photo-related service areas such as camera sales (new and old), photo prints, photo books, as well as photo shoots (including children's photo studios and event photography).

With our flagship Shinjuku Kitamura Camera and more than 1000 existing locations nationwide, we're building a business model that furthermore integrates a plethora of online services. This makes us a corporate group with a photo platform unlike any other in the world.

In the future, we'll utilize every photo platform with customer contact and data to propose photo services that best suit the lifestyles of various groups of people.

Representative Message

CEO photo

Aiming to be a company that remains
close to people's important moments.

Recording memory is a kind of culture that only humans possess. Finding value beyond the record is what defines this culture.
In April 2019 KITAMURA HOLDINGS Co.,Ltd. was established under the slogan of "The World's Leading Photo Life Company."
The group is led by KITAMURA CO.,LTD, which manages a large store network in Japan including "Camera Kitamura" and "Studio Mario," as speciality stores for photography, and SHIMAUMA Print,Inc., which provides the EC service "Shimauma Print" for photo printing. We also operate a high market share in each photo-related service area, including Photo Create Co., Ltd., which operates the EC services "All Sport Community" and "Snap Snap" for event photography by professional photographers. In addition, we maintain two laboratory companies (photograph-related production bases), which are some of the largest in Japan in terms of the manufacture of imaging products.
Being able to provide the top-level service in terms of both quality and scale in each of these photo and video business realms is the driving force towards becoming the "world's leading photo life company."
With the evolution of digital technology and the addition of cameras to mobile phones, taking pictures has become a part of our lives and a primary means of communication. Still, the value of those moments recorded on our cameras has not diminished. Rather, the act of taking pictures, including video, is becoming more meaningful, evolved, and more deeply significant. Even if you look at the trend within younger generations who are more interested in film cameras and are looking for photographs with a gentle analog atmosphere rather than high quality imagery, it's clear that there's a stronger need to give precedence to such things.
It's been a long time since "Camera Kitamura" was founded in Kochi, Japan in 1934, but we continue to take pride in the trust that we receive from customers as well as the preservation of a sincere attitude toward photographic culture. Even now, as society demands drastically different things from businesses, our company's original value standards remain the same. By helping to turn important memories into photographs and videos, we can reflect upon our most precious moments. This is connected to the heart of the photographer, the surrounding people, and others across the world. We strive to be a company that brings about this kind of society.

Representative Director,
President and Executive Officer

武田 宣

Company Profile

Company Name
KITAMURA HOLDINGS Co.,Ltd.
Representative Director,
President and Executive Officer
Noburu Takeda
Main business contents
Business management of group companies and related business
Head office location
6-16-6 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Shinjuku Tatsumi Building 3rd Floor
Established
April 2019
Capital
100 million yen (as of March 31, 2022)
Major shareholders
Culture Convenience Club Co.,Ltd. / Integral Corporation and its related funds
Number of consolidated subsidiaries
10 (as of March 31, 2022)
Number of employees
(Consolidated)
8,186 (including 5,708 part-time workers)

Directors and Officers

Director

Operating officer

History

1934 〜
1934
Mar
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Established as "Kitamura Camera Store" in Sakaimachi, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture (currently Kitamura Sakaimachi Camera Store).

1943
May
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Established Kitamura Shokai Co., Ltd.

1970
Apr
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Changed trade name to KITAMURA CO.,LTD

1976
Sep
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Opened the first suburban "Camera Kitamura" store in the suburbs of Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture.

1980 〜
1983
Jun
UCS Co.,Ltd

Founded

1985
Mar
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Established Lab Network Division as LaboNetwork Co., Ltd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary) for the purpose of improving business efficiency.

1990 〜
1993
Mar
LaboNetwork Co.,Ltd

Opened Studio Mario Division of Children's Photo Studio.

1998
Feb
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Established Oda Tsusho Co., Ltd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary KITAMURA TRADE SERVICES CO.,LTD) for the purpose of expanding imported products.

1999
Jul
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

With the expansion into digital cameras, the introduction of "Digital Mini Lab" began.

2000 〜
2001
Oct
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Japan Securities Dealers Association over-the-counter market registration.

2002
Jan
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Founded in Suginami-ku, Tokyo for the purpose of internet photography.

2003
Apr
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Launched "Photo Choice" service, an event photo sales site across Japan.

Jul
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Launched "All Sport Community" service, a photo sales site for athletes.

2004
Dec
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Canceled over-the-counter registration with the Japan Securities Dealers Association and listed shares on the JASDAQ Securities Exchange.

2005
Apr
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Kitamura Co., Ltd takes over the business of "Studio Mario" which Lab Network Co., Ltd had been developing since 1993.

Jun
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.

2006
Oct
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Introduced T point to Camera Kitamura.

Dec
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Started "Snap Snap," school photo sales site service.

2007
Feb
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Participated as an official photo service in the Tokyo Marathon 2007 (first time held).

Jul
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Established joint venture Kitamura PC DEPOT Co., Ltd (currently a consolidated subsidiary, KCS Co.,Ltd) with PC DEPOT Corporation with the aim of expanding its sales base and developing its business format as a service industry.

2008
Mar
SHIMAUMA Print,Inc.

Started "Internet Print" service at Double Vision, Inc. (Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture).

2009
Jan
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

With the aim of strengthening competitiveness and further improving management efficiency, KITAMURA CO.,LTD was the surviving company, while Camera Kimura Co., Ltd., Jusfort Co., Ltd. and Snaps Sales Co., Ltd. were absorbed and merged.

Apr
LaboSeisan Co.,Ltd

Lab Network Co., Ltd established the production department as Media Lab NEXT Co., Ltd. through a company split for the purpose of improving business efficiency. After that, the company name was changed to Lab Production Co., Ltd.

2010 〜
2010
May
SHIMAUMA Print,Inc.

Established Shimauma Print System Co., Ltd. in Hioki City, Kagoshima Prefecture.

2012
Feb
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Kitamura Co., Ltd gets Apple Authorized Service Provider Certification and Starts Apple Service Business.

Sep
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Merged with Picturing Online Co., Ltd. to promote the integration of corporate brands and to achieve synergistic effects between online sales and store sales.

2013
Jul
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Section.

2014
Feb
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Capital alliance with Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd. (CCC).

Jun
LaboNetwork Co.,Ltd

Business partnership between Photocreate Co., Ltd and school business.

Jul
UXENT Inc.

Established

2015
Feb
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Business alliance with LaboNetwork Co.,Ltd

2016
Feb
UXENT Inc.

Started selling "moovin card".

Oct
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Established a subsidiary "All Sports Community Co., Ltd." in Taiwan.

Nov
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

CCC makes Photocreate Co., Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary by TOB.

Dec
SHIMAUMA Print,Inc.

CCC takes over the shares of Shimauma Print System Co., Ltd. and makes it a wholly owned subsidiary.

2017
May
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Concluded a capital and business alliance agreement with CCC.

Aug
Photocreate Co.,Ltd

Started selling "Snap Snap x moovin", a moving memory.

2018
Nov
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

CCC makes Kitamura Co., Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary by TOB.

2019
Feb
KITAMURA HOLDINGS Co.,Ltd.

CCC establishes KITAMURA HOLDINGS Co.,Ltd. (present company).

Apr
KITAMURA HOLDINGS Co.,Ltd.

Kitamura Holdings Group launches new management system.

2020 〜
2020
Apr
SHIMAUMA Print,Inc.

Separated into "SHIMAUMA Print,Inc." and "SHIMAUMA Print Lab,Inc."

Jul
KITAMURA CO.,LTD

Opened "Shinjuku Kitamura Camera" as flagship store in Shinjuku.

2021
Mar
SHIMAUMA Print,Inc.

Merged with CCC Photo Life Lab Co., Ltd.

Apr
KCS Co.,Ltd

Established

Jun
KITAMURA HOLDINGS Co.,Ltd.

Transition from a consolidated subsidiary of CCC to an equity-method affiliate.

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