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Kyoritsu's Development World Events
1955  
  • Kyoritsu is established at its current location in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo and forms business alliances with Philips Duphar (Netherlands), Welcome Foundation (UK), Pitman-Moore (US), and Coopers (UK).
  • Toyota releases first Toyopet Crown model.
  1957
 
  • Hit Japanese film Man Who Causes a Storm released, starring Yujiro Ishihara
1961  
  • Business alliances with Borden (US) and Rhône-Poulenc (France).
  • Yuri Gagarin (former Soviet Union) becomes first human to travel to outer space.
  1964
 
  • Tokyo Olympics held
1968  
  • Central Research Laboratory is completed (in the current Tsukuba Science City)
  • Technical alliance on vaccine manufacturing with Philips Duphar.
 
1969  
  • Kyoritsu begins vaccine production.
  • Nippon Calmic Ltd. is established.
  • Apollo 11 makes world's first successful moon landing.
1970  
  • Business alliance with Johnson & Johnson (US).
  • Japan World Exposition, Osaka 1970 held.
1972  
  • Aesop Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is established.
  • Sapporo Winter Olympics held.
  1973
 
  • Japan hit by oil crisis.
  1974
 
  • Japanese baseball legend Shigeo "Mr. Giants" Nagashima retires.
1977  
  • Business alliance with Schering-Plough (US).
 
1979  
  • Business alliance with Shionogi & Co. (Japan).
 
  1981
 
  • Space Shuttle Columbia launched.
1982  
  • Business alliance with Solvay (Belgium).
 
1985  
  • Business alliance with Shell Chemical.
  • The International Exposition, Tsukuba, Japan, 1985 held.
  1988
 
  • Seto-Ohashi Bridge connecting mainland Japan and Shikoku completed.
1989  
  • Business alliance with Masterfoods (US).
  • Japan's Heisei era begins.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall.
  1991
 
  • The Gulf War breaks out.
1992  
  • Business alliance with Intervet International (Netherlands).
  • Takahanada becomes the youngest champion in history by winning the January Grand Sumo Tournament.
1993  
  • Business alliances with American Cyanamid (US), Toray (Japan), and Adtec (Japan).
  • Masako Owada becomes Crown Princess of Japan.
1994  
  • Business alliance with Idemitsu Materials.
  • Kyoritsu releases Intercat┬«, the world's first antiviral medicine with genetically-modified feline interferon as its active ingredient.
  • Sony releases the PlayStation, its first home video game console.
  • Astronaut Chiaki Mukai becomes the first Japanese woman in space, travelling on the Space Shuttle Columbia.
1995  
  • Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology established.
  • Kyoritsu serves as a major sponsor of the World Veterinary Congress (Yokohama).
  • Business alliance with Addison Biological Laboratory (US).
  • Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, centered in the Akashi Strait, devastates Western Japan.
  • Release of Windows 95 drives boom in PC industry.
1996  
  • Business alliances with Animal Health Options (US) and Fort Dodge Animal Health (US).
  • Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) opens.
1997  
  • T Cell Research Institute, Ltd. is established.
  • Business alliance with Kyowa Hakko Bio (Japan).
  • Japanese men's soccer team wins entry to World Cup.
  • Akita and Nagano Shinkansen bullet train lines open.
1998  
  • Kyoritsu launches Three-Year Medium-Term Plan for the 21st Century.
  • Nagano Winter Olympics held.
  • Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge, opens.
1999  
  • Kyoritsu participates in the Japan Veterinary Medical Association's microchipping project.
  • Joshinetsu expressway opens.
2001  
  • Business alliance with Bayer (Germany).
  • Kyoritsu changes its name to Kyoritsu Seiyaku Corporation.
  • Kyoritsu embarks on New Five-Year Plan.
  • 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US.
2002  
  • 2002
    Kyoritsu receives 100% share of Denka Seiyaku from Denka Company Limited.
  • Central Research Institute renamed Advanced Technology Development Center.
  • Large-scale advanced facilities further expanded, new Central Manufacturing Unit constructed.
  • Kyoritsu introduces and begins promoting HACPP.
  • FIFA World Cup jointly hosted by Japan and Korea.
2003  
  • Affiliate Denka Seiyaku K.K. renamed Kawasaki Seiyaku K.K.
  • Kyoritsu receives 100% share of Mitaka Seiyaku K.K. from Asahi Kasei Pharma and Intervet Holding B.V.
  • Business alliance with Virbac (France).
  • Roppongi Hills opens.
2004  
  • Group companies Kawasaki Seiyaku K.K. and Mitaka Seiyaku K.K. merged to create Kawasaki-Mitaka Seiyaku K.K.
  • Teito Rapid Transit Authority privatized to form Tokyo Metro.
2005  
  • Kyoritsu celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • Expo 2005 Aichi held.
  • Chubu Centrair International Airport opens.
2006  
  • Business alliance with Suntory.
  • Kyoritsu embarks on Second Five-Year Plan.
 
2007  
  • Business alliance with Iris Ohyama.
  • Kyoritsu participates in Japan Aquaspace, a joint venture between industry, academia, and government in Kochi Prefecture.
  • Tokyo Midtown opens.
2009  
  • Kawasaki Mitaka Seiyaku K.K. renamed Kawasaki Seiyaku K.K.
  • First phase of Advanced Technology Development Center expansion plan: Administration Unit, Manufacturing Unit III, and Experimental Animal Unit II constructed.
  • Japan introduces lay jury system.
  • Total solar eclipse seen from Japan's Amami Islands.
2010  
  • June 1: Kyoritsu merges with Kawasaki Seiyaku K.K.
  • Space probe Hayabusa returns to earth from Itokawa asteroid.
2011  
  • January: Business alliance with Idemitsu Kosan.
  • Great East Japan Earthquake occurs off the Pacific coast of Tohoku.
  • Nadeshiko Japan wins FIFA Women's World Cup held in Germany.
  • Japan terminates terrestrial analog television broadcasting, switching solely to digital broadcasting.
2012  
  • February 20: Head Office moved to Mori Kaikan, 1-11-5 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo in order to integrate headquarter functions (Registered Office: 1-5-10 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).
  • June 1: Kyoritsu merges with NEW EPOLEON CORPORATION.
  • Tokyo Skytree opens.
  • Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University becomes first Japanese in 25 years and second of all time to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
2013  
  • Japan Microchip Network Corporation is established.
 
2015  
  • Kyoritsu celebrates its 60th anniversary.
 
2016  
  • Kyoritsu begins A Further Transformation project.
  • Kyoritsu starts in-house development and manufacturing of canine combined vaccines and feline combined vaccines.
 
2017  
  • Nippon Calmic Ltd. moved to Kudanshita, Tokyo.
  • New Refrigerated Unit constructed at Tsukuba Plant.
  • Kyoritsu receives 60% of Tamura-Seiyaku Corporation shares.
  • Carus Animal Health Ltd. (UK) is established as a 100% subsidiary.
 


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