Business expansion in the period of rapid growth

Nissui Events World Events
October 1950

Designation as a restricted company was lifted.

March 1951

Sunken ship Tonan Maru III was successfully refloated.

November 1951

Death of Ichiro Tamura.

May 1952

The Tenryu Maru fleet leaves from Hakodate to begin first mother ship-type salmon/trout fishery in the postwar era.

Reopening of north-sea fisheries.

April 1952
MacArthur Line abolished.
May 1952
Japan joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
August 1952

The trawler Asama Maru began fishing flounder in north-sea.

September 1952

A fleet centering on Miyajima Maru began flounder operations in the eastern Bering Sea with north-sea mother-ship trawl fishery.

October 1952

Full-scale production of fish sausage started at the Tobata Plant.

February 1953
NHK began television broadcasts in the Tokyo region.
June 1953
International Convention for the High Seas Fisheries of the North Pacific Ocean went into effect.
March 1954
Fukuryu Maru No. 5, which was exposed to radiation at the Bikini Atoll, returned.
April 1955

Fleet, centering on crab fishery mother ship Yoko Maru, King crab harvests begin off the west coast of western Kamchatka

Head office moved to Tokyo Building in Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku.

April 1957

Nippon Suisan Sponsored radio broadcast of Akado Suzunosuke, and it became a sensational hit.

March 1956
The Soviet government announced a salmon and trout regulatory zone and established the "Bulganin Line."
January 1957
An Antarctic observation team succeeded in setting up the Showa Station.

The Tobata Plant began full-scale production of frozen products.

February 1958

Nissan Fishery Institute changed its name to Nissan Research Institute Co., Ltd.

June 1958

Fishmeal fleets began operations in the Bering Sea.

July 1958

Trawler Uji Maru dispatched to Africa.


Began joint research regarding surimi with the Hokkaido Fisheries Experimental Station.

Began production of the first frozen food product for ordinary households, "Chawanmushi" egg custard, at Hakodate Teion Reizo.

April 1959

The Five-Year Reformation Plan began.

April 1960

The meal factory ship Gyokuei Maru began research on offshore surimi production.

May 1960

The Harumi Coldstore was completed.

March 1961

Sale of "Nissui Delux Mayonnaise" began.

May 1961

A ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the company's founding was held. "A History of Fifty Years of Nippon Suisan Kaisha.Ltd." and "Nippon Suisan Gyofu (Scientific Illustrations of Food Fish of the world" were published.

A History of Fifty Years of Nippon Suisan Kaisha.Ltd.

Fishery canned imports liberalized.
January 1962

Nissan Research Institute was renamed Nissui Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

June 1962

Hachioji General Plant completed.

Hachioji General Plant

July 1962

Nissui began its sale of Nissui Cheese.

November 1962

Ore carrier Andesu Maru was built.

November 1963
U.S. President Kennedy assassinated.
April 1964
Japan joined the OECD (transition to an open market economy).
October 1964
Tokaido Shinkansen began operation (Tokyo - Shin Osaka).

Marketing of instant noodles "Nissui Ramen" began.

April 1966

Head office moved to Nippon Building in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

February 1967

Surimi equipment was installed on the refrigerated factory ship Shikishima Maru which set sail as a mother ship-type trawl fishery in the Bering Sea.

Gyokuei Maru also began full-scale production of frozen surimi.


Frozen food product "Chibikko Korokke" became a big hit.

June 1967

The Central Research Laboratory was relocated from Suginami-ku to Hachioji in Tokyo.

Frozen food product "Chibikko Korokke" became a big hit.

November 1968

Sales of "Yaki-Chikuwa" began.

July 1969
U.S. Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
December 1969
Japan's GNP ranked second among capitalist nations next to the U.S.
February 1970

Mineshima Maru went into operation as a mother ship-type trawl fishery in the Bering Sea. The surimi fleet was comprised of three ships, the Mineshima Maru, Shikishima Maru, and Gyokuei Maru.

July 1970

Started use of Alaska pollock surimi as the ingredient of fish sausages and ham.


Began sales of "Fleuret," mayonnaise in an upside-down container.

October 1970

Yamato Maru (a 5,000-ton stern trawler, the world's largest) was completed.

Yamato Maru

March 1970
The Japan World Exposition was held in Osaka.
August 1971
The exchange rate system transitioned into a floating one for the Japanese yen.
April 1972

Sales of Akado Suzunosuke sausages began.

February 1973

Manufacturing of frozen food products was relocated from the Harumi Plant to the Hachioji General Plant.

September 1973

Production of fish sausages that did not contain acrylic furylfuramide (AF2) began.

October 1973
First oil crisis erupted.

Yoko Maru left for the final mother-ship type king crab expedition off the west coast of Kamchatka.

March 1974

Nippon Suisan (U.S.A.) was established in the United States.

May 1974

Unisea founded in the U.S.

October 1975

The Tonan Maru II fleet made its last Antarctic whaling expedition.

December 1975

It was decided that mother ship-type whaling operations would be transferred to Nippon Kyodo Hogei K.K.

June 1976

Mother ship-type vessel Tonan Maru II and seven whaling vessels as well as crewmen were transferred to Nippon Kyodo Hogei.

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A History of One Hundred Years of Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd

This work explores the transitions Nissui has undergone since it was founded and, incorporating the objective views of outside experts on the course of Japan's society and its fisheries industry, endeavors to be an authentic guide not only to the history of Nissui but also to that of the fisheries industry. Please take this opportunity to acquaint yourself with the achievements of Nissui, which started out with just one vessel, over the past one hundred years.