Canon Inc.

Japanese multinational imaging corporation

Canon Inc. (キヤノン株式会社, Kyanon Kabushiki Gaisha, TYO: 7751 , NYSECAJ) is a Japanese company that makes imaging and optical products. These include cameras, film, image scanners and computer printers. The company was started in 1937.

Canon Inc.
Company typePublic (TYO: 7751 , NYSECAJ)
FoundedTokyo, Japan (10 August 1937)
Key people
Fujio Mitarai, Chairman & CEO
Tsuneji Uchida, President & COO
ProductsPrint and document solutions, photographic equipment including printers, scanners and digital and SLR cameras. Binoculars, calculators and medical, optical, broadcast and IT imaging equipment.
RevenueIncrease 4,481,346 million Yen (FY 2007)
Number of employees
23,429 (2008)[1]



Canon began as the Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory. In 1934, the first Japanese 35mm focal plane-shutter camera prototype was made. It was called the "Kwanon". In the next few years, Canon became very important in creating new camera products and making them better.

Today, Canon creates everything from digital cameras and camcorders to laser printers and film.

Name origins


The name Canon came from the company's first 35 mm camera. It was named "Kwanon" after the Buddhist goddess of mercy.



Canon is now an international company. Canon has buildings in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the South Seas.


  1. "Company Profile for Canon Inc (CAJ)". Retrieved 2008-10-06.