History of SEMBA.

Changes of Japanese retail industry.

  • Since pre-War periods, Shiro Kuriyama had founded "KURIYAMA Glass Shop" which handled display cases in Kujo, Osaka. 


  • Shiro Kuriyama established "KURIYAMA Display Case Shop" in Kita-Kyuhojimachi, Chuou-ku, Osaka. (1947)


  • For the expansion of operations to display and design, KURIYAMA Display Case Shop established SEMBA WINDOW Co.,Ltd. in Osaka. (1951)


  • SEMBA WINDOW Co.,Ltd. opened TOKYO Shop in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. (1958)


  • Fukagawa factory (Tokyo, 1960), Imazato factory (Osaka, 1960),  and Urawa factory (Saitama, 1963) started operations.


  •  First store of Daiei was opened in Sembayashi of Osaka. (1958)


  •  Daimaru was opened in Hong Kong. (1960)


  •  Professor Shuji Hayashi published "Revolution of Distribution". (1962)


  •  Odakyu was opened in Shinjuku, Tobu was opend in Ikebukuro. (1962)
  • Tadao Kuriyama (ex-President) visited to the United States for the inspection of commercial facilities. (1961)


  • After return home, he published a inspection book "I see all". (1962)
  • TOKYO Shop spun off and became a new company "SEMBA  WINDOW CORPORATION" (currently SEMBA CORPORATION) in Nihombashi-Kodenmacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. (1962)
  • Took over the sales department of the SEMBA WINDOW OSAKA. (1965)


  • Opened TOKYO Design Office in Chuo-ku, Tokyo (1966), and OSAKA Design Office in Kita-ku, Osaka. (1966)


  • Changed the company name from SEMBA WINDOW CORPORATION to SEMBA CORPORATION (1968), relocated  Head office  to Yaesu, Chuou-ku, Tokyo, and added the first-class registered architect and consultant service in business.


  • Opened Kumamoto office, and expanded the business bases in the all over Japan.


  • Carried out the first United States inspection training. (1968)


  • Established the subsidiary company, TEMPO SOBI Co.,Ltd. (currently SOBI CORPORATION). (1968)


  • Izumiya Kishiwada SC was opened. (1968)


  • Seibu was opened in Shibuya. (1968)


  • JUSCO was established. (1969)


  • Tamagawa Takashimaya SC, Hankyu-Sanbangai were opened. (1969)
  • Established "SC Comprehensive Development Institute" in Osaka office. (1970)


  • Opened Sapporo office (1970), Sendai Office, and Fukuoka Office. (1974)


  • Changed the company name of the subsidiary from TEMPO SOBI Co.,Ltd. to SEMBA SOBI INDUSTRY Co., Ltd. (1974)


  • Japan Council of Shopping Centers was established. (1973)


  • First store of SEVEN-ELEVEn was opened in Toyoshu, Tokyo. (1974)
  • Carried out the first Europe inspection training. (1975)


  • Issued the first edition of the information magazine "COMMUNION" in order to disseminate information about the trends of the future of the commercial facility. (1977)


  • Established the subsidiary company,Display Center RIYA (currently ReRiya Corporation). (1977)




  • Opened Nagoya Office. (1980)


  • Changed the company name of the subsidiary  from Display Center RIYA to RIYA Corporation. (1982)


  • Established the first overseas subsidiary company HONG KONG SEMBA LTD., and strengthened our overseas network base.(1984)


  • First LaLa-port was opened in Funabashi. (1981)


  • Printemps, Seibu, Hankyu were opened in Ginza, Tokyo. (1984)


  • JUSCO was opened in Hong Kong. (1987)


  • Changed the company name of the subsidiary from SEMBA SOBI INDUSTRY Co., Ltd. to SOBI KOGYO Co.,Ltd. (1985)


  • Established the subsidiary company, IDEA CORPORATION. (1985)


  • Unified the production section with SOBI INDUSTRY Co., Ltd. (1988) Established the general production network with Izumo factory and Kumamoto factory. (1991)


  • Established the overseas subsidiary company TAIWAN SEMBA CO., LTD. (1988)


  • SOBI KOGYO changed the company name to SOBI CO., LTD.(1985)


  • Established the overseas subsidiary company SEMBA SINGAPORE PTE.LTD. (1985)


  • Developed "The Mesh Data System" which can analyze instantly the characteristic of towns of the whole country. (1991)


  • First Toys"r"us was opened in Ami, Ibaraki. (1991)
  • Completed SEMBA's Izumo Industrial Complex (currently SOBI's  IZUMO Factory)  (1991)
  • Established the subsidiary company, Shop-rescue Corporation (currently ReRiya Corporation). (2004)


  • Redevelopment rush has occurred in central Tokyo.
    Marunouchi-Build (2002), Shiodome (2002-2003), Roppongi-Hills (2003), Coredo Nihombashi (2004)
  • Established the subsidiary company, NONSCALE CORPORATION. (2005)


  • Established the overseas subsidiary company SEMBA (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. (2006)


  • Established a next-generation marketing institute "Resonance Laboratory". (2009)


  • Relocated Head office to Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo. (2009)


  • H2O Retailing Corporation was established. (2007)


  • Mitsukoshi-Isetan Holdings was established. (2008)


  • AEON Laketown was opened as the most largest SC in Japan. (2008)


  • Sogo-Seibu was established. (2009)
  • Integrated  SOBI's Niigata factory into Izumo factory. (2010)


  • Published the 50 years' anniversary book "People who think the SC to success"  (2012)


  • Established overseas subsidiary company SEMBA VIETNAM CO., LTD. in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (2013)


  • Opened NONSCALE CORPORATION's Taiwan Office in Taipei City. (2013)


  • Relocated Head office to Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo. (2013)


  • Opened Production Planning & Control Center in Heiwajima, Ohta-ku, Tokyo. (2014)


  • Abeno Q's Mall, JR Hakata City, tellace Mall Shonan were opened. (2011)


  • AEON Retail was unified Mycal the merged branch name to "AEON". (2011)


  • Tokyo Sky Tree Town was opened. (2012)


  • Gran-Front Osakal, AEON MALL Makuhari-Shintoshin were opened. (2013)
  • Merged two subsidary companies (RIYA Corporation and Shop-rescue Co., Ltd.), and established ReRiya Corporation. (2015)


  • Opened HANOI BRANCH OF SEMBA VIETNAM CO., LTD. in Hanoi, Vietnam. (2015)


  • Daiei became a fully subsidiary of the AEON. (2015)
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange Second Section  (2016)


  • Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section(2017)


  • Established the overseas subsidiary company SEMBA MALAYSIA DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION SDN. BHD. (2019)