Kao Corporation

Japanese chemical and cosmetics company


Kao Corporation
Company typePublic (K.K)
TYO: 4452
TOPIX Large 70 Component
IndustryPersonal care, Cosmetics
FoundedJune 1887; 137 years ago (1887-06)
Nihonbashi-Bakurocho, Tokyo, Japan
FounderTomiro Nagase
14-10, Nihonbashi-Kayabacho Itchome, Chūō, Tokyo
RevenueDecrease¥1,381,997 million (2020)[1]
Decrease¥175,563 million (2020)[1]
Decrease¥128,067 million (2020)[1]
Total assetsIncrease¥1,665,616 million (2020)[1]
Total equityIncrease¥938,194 million (2020)[1]
Number of employees
33,409 (consolidated) (2020)[2]

Kao Corporation (花王株式会社, Kaō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese chemical and cosmetics company. It is based in Nihonbashi-Kayabacho, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan.



Kao was created in 1887 by Tomiro Nagase. It was created to manufacture toiletry soap. They were first known as Nihon Yuki Company (日本有機株式会社). In 1940, they changed their name to Kao Soap Company (花王石鹸株式会社). In 1985, they changed it again to Kao Corporation.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Consolidated Financial Results For The Fiscal Year Ending December 21, 2020". 2021-02-03. Retrieved 2022-01-04.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Kao by the Numbers". Retrieved 2022-01-04.