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Family firm of over 300 years weathers challenges with willingness to change

Kokubu Group chairman and CEO Kanbei Kokubu is the family's 12th generation to bear the name. The company, founded in 1712, started going overseas in 2010 in the face of Japan's shrinking consumer base.


IN THE face of Japan's shrinking consumer base, Kokubu Group started going overseas in 2010, with the new joint venture making Singapore its fourth South-east Asian market where it has a logistics presence.

Since its establishment in 1712, the food distributor has...