Nissui Corporation
Company typePublic KK
TYO: 1332
Nikkei 225 Component
FoundedShimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan (1911; 113 years ago (1911))
FounderIchiro Tamura
HeadquartersNishi-Shimbashi Square, 1-3-1, Nishi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8676, Japan
Area served
Key people
Shingo Hamada, (CEO and President)
RevenueIncrease ¥ 768.1 billion (FY 2022) [1]
Increase ¥ 27.78 billion (FY 2022)
Number of employees
10,175 (consolidated) (as of March 31, 2013)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references

Nissui Corporation (株式会社ニッスイ, Kabushiki-gaisha Nissui), is a marine products company based in Tokyo, Japan. Formerly known as Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd. (日本水産株式会社, Nippon Suisan Kabushiki-gaisha) from 31 March 1937 to 30 November 2022, it officially changed its name to its common abbreviation on 1 December 2022.

The company was established as the fishery division of Tamura Steamship Company in March 1911 by Ichiro Tamura (田村市郎), a cousin of the head of the Fujita Zaibatsu (zaibatsu were large conglomerates in pre-war Japan). Its former headquarters, built in Tobata (Kita Kyushu) in 1929, is now an exhibit center.[5]

It has been listed on the Tokyo Exchange since 16 May 1949, when Japan's stock market was resumed after the Second World War (TYO: 1332). It is the only component of the Nikkei 225 index from the country's fishery sector.[6]

With 768 billion yen annual sales in FY2022,[7] it is now the second largest commercial fishing and marine product procurement corporation in the country by revenue, only surpassed by the Maruha Nichiro Holdings.[8] Its founding principles state 'A tap water supply system is exactly what marine products should be like in their production and distribution'.[9]

In 2005, the company divested its whaling fleet following controversy for its role in the modern global whaling industry (see Whaling in Japan).[10]

As of 2013, the company has 61 subsidiaries and 44 associated companies across Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North and South America.[11]


In FY2022, Nissui had 9515 employees and a total net asset of 220.6 billion Yen. As of 10 February 2023, its market capitalisation is 283 billion Yen. Nissui's CEO is Shogo Hamada, who has a degree of fisheries science from the University of Tokyo[12] and has been working for the company since 1983.[13]

After exclusive economic zones (EEZ) were introduced by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Nissui's traditional business model of pelagic fisheries collapsed, as most of continental shelves, where Nissui's ships used to fish, was now to be controlled by other countries. No longer running a profitable business, Nissui found itself unable to allocate any of its profit to dividends for the first time in its history as a publicly traded company in 1991. [14][15]

This business downturn became an impetus for the company to change its business model, and during the 1990s it invested heavily in aquaculture of salmon by its Chilean subsidiary Emdepes, extraction of Eicosapentaenoic acid from fish for pharmaceutical use, and production of frozen food. It also started to diversify the sources of fish supply by establishing and acquiring subsidiaries around the world.[15]

These efforts gradually proved successful, and its main sources of revenue are now its traditional fishery&marine products business, and the fine chemical and processed food divisions. Today, its subsidiaries across the world not only contribute to the stabilisation of Nissui's supply chain as originally intended but also sell products that cater to the needs of each country. Its US subsidiary Gorton's of Gloucester is the top supplier of frozen marine products, and supplies hamburgers to McDonald's. Its New Zealand subsidiary Sealord is the largest supplier of fried fish and one of the largest food companies in the country. Its French subsidiary Cité Marine holds a similar position in the French frozen food market.[16][17]

Nissui has been working to make land-based aquaculture commercially viable. Nissui's current aquaculture business, mainly salmon and Japanese amberjack, is mostly conducted in the traditional way of ocean-based aquaculture, meaning they keep fish in segregated areas of harbours or in tanks that are connected to ocean. However, keeping fish in ocean water means they are prone to get diseases or affected by natural conditions, which sometimes result in worst scenarios such as annihilation. This method also has a large impact on the ecosystem that share the water. Thus, from both the perspectives of business stability and environmental friendliness, land-based aquaculture is more desirable. In April 2023, as Nissui's first land-based commercial aquaculture project, a whiteleg shrimp farm started operations in Ei, Kagoshima. A mackerel farm is also planned to start commercial operations in 2026. [18][19][20][21]


Acquired from Unilever Gorton's and Blue Water, pre-cooked frozen seafood brands for household use in North America
Founded Europacifico, a marketer of marine products, in Vigo, Spain
DOSA was established in Chile in order to administrating, marketing, and distributing for group fishery companies in Chile
Acquired 25% of shares of Glacier Fish Company
Hokkaido Fine Chemicals Co., Ltd. founded
Acquired Hokkaido Fine Chemicals Co from Nikkashi[23]
Nordic Seafood A/S becomes consolidated subsidiary

See also


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