Company Profile

King Record Company Limited was founded in 1931 as the music division of Kodansha Limited, the largest publishing company in Japan. From our head office in Tokyo and 9 sales branch offices located nationwide, we produce and distribute music repertoires from rock, pops, classical music, jazz/fusion, world folklore music, traditional music to animation and game music, releasing over 1,200 new titles every year.
We also work on feature films, acquiring productions from around the globe and duly noted for the distribution of Shaw Bros collection and music documentaries. In the recent years, we have developed a strong network in mobile and PC digital music distribution, supplying our masters to music downloading sites adapting to the new musical era.
Our in-house label StarChild is known as the leading animation label for many years and has produced DVD and music soundtracks of NeonGenesis Evangelion, Love Hina, Fruits Basket, Fafner in the azure and many others.
Making the 80th anniversary in 2011, we are looking for partners to build up a strong distribution network of King Record recordings worldwide. At the same time, we continue to look for great music around the world available for licensing in the Japanese market.
King International Incorporated was established as a wholly subsidiary of King Record in the end of 1990 to celebrate its 60th anniversary. KII has the exclusive distribution rights with over 200 labels such as harmonia mundi (France), Naive (France), Hanssler (Germany), BIS (Sweden), IRMA (Italy), Rounder (U.S.A.) and Vanguard (U.S.A.)
Company Name King Record Company Limited
President Hirofumi Shigemura
Head Office Address l-2-3,Otowa,Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo 112-0013 Japan
Branch Offices Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka
Foundation January 1931
Establishment November 1951
Capital 1,300,000,000 Japanese Yen
Employees 262 [as of June 2012]
Business Summary Producing, Manufacturing, Distributing and Importing of Audio Records
(Compact Disc, Analogue Disc, Music Cassette, Mini Disc),
Videograms 〔Disc and Cassette〕,
Computer Software and Game Software
and Distribution and Manufacturing on consignments.
Principal Shareholders Kodansha Limited, Tokyo Broadcasting System Incorporated
Main Bank Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,Ltd.
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Mizuho Bank Ltd.
Subsidiaries Seven Seas Music Company Limited 〔Publishing〕
King International Incorporated 〔Distribution〕
King Enterprise Company Limited 〔Employment Agency〕
Bellwood Records 〔Label〕
King Sekiguchidai Studio Company Limited 〔Recording Studio)
History 1931 Founded as the Record Department of Kodansha Limited.
1951 Establishment of King Record Company Limited.
1985 Sanyo Electric Company Limited joins as the shareholder and business tie-up begins.
1991 60th Anniversary.
1993 Completion of New Head Office Building..
1996 Completion of Sekiguchidai Studio Building..
1998 Completion of Edogawabashi Studio Building..
2005 Tokyo Broadcasting System Incorporated ,(TBS) joins as the shareholder and business tie-up begins.
2011 80th Anniversary.
Homepage http://www.kingrecords.co.jp

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