Corporate Information

Corporate History

Foundation of ISETO / The beginning of 100 years

In 1855, 150 years ago, the Kotani family founded a business in Kyoto that handled the wholesaling and retailing of Japanese washi paper.

In the approximately 100 years from the founding of ISETO until the corporation began working with business forms, ISETO worked in the manufacturing of processed paper products. ISETO began manufacturing washi wrapping paper for kimonos in the 1880s. In the 1920s, the corporation began manufacturing wrapping paper for tires, hoses and electric wires. These types of paper were produced using a printing process applied to continuous-feed paper. The continuous-feed paper is considered to be a very important product for ISETO as one that later led to the development of Japan's first domestically-produced business forms.

Picture of paper products manufactured in the 1800s

Picture of paper products manufactured in the 1800s

Picture of paper products manufactured in the 1920s

Picture of paper products manufactured in the 1920s

World History The History of ISETO
1853 
The Criminal War  
 
 
 
 
1855
ISETO Founder Toshichi Kotani opens the ISETO SHOTEN at Sanjyo-Nishinotoin in Kyoto City. The corporation was commonly known as ISEYA-TOSHICHI, or "ISETO" for short, from which we get the corporate name used today. ISEYA-TOSHICHI was a wholesaler and retailer of Japanese paper washi products. 
1922 
The Washington Treaty 
 
 
 
 
1928 
The Umezu Factory opens in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City (this factory is now a consolidated part of the Shiga Factory). With the opening of this factory, ISETO makes a full-scale entry into roll paper processing, including the processing of roll paper for electric wires and continuous patron paper for wrapping. 
1941-1945 
The Pacific War 
1941
The Osaka branch is reorganized into the ISETO SHIKO, Co. Ltd., ISETO Industries Co., Ltd. is established. 
   

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