Mitsubishi Corporation has had a presence in the United States since 1954, when Mitsubishi International Corporation ("MIC") was incorporated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. In 2012, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) ("MCA") was established as the US holding company for MIC and other MC Group companies in North America.
Strategy and Business Groups
Our business strategy involves leveraging our knowledge of industries and markets around the world to create new, sustainable businesses. We add value through our ability to finance and invest in the development of companies and projects, as well as through our expertise in developing the upstream and downstream activities needed for businesses to succeed.
Strategically investing across value chains in virtually every industry, we help create dynamic new ventures that benefit our business partners and society as a whole.
Our business groups include:
Mitsubishi Corporation and Other "Mitsubishi" Companies
Mitsubishi Corporation's scope of business is often difficult to grasp. We are often confused with Mitsubishi Motors, or Mitsubishi Electric. These businesses are actually owned by separate, independent companies who share the "Mitsubishi" name.
What is Mitsubishi Corporation?
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is Japan's largest general trading company (sogo shosha) with over 200 bases of operations in approximately 90 countries worldwide. With over 600 group companies, MC employs a multinational workforce of approximately 65,000 people. MC has long been engaged in business with customers around the world in virtually every industry, including energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, food and general merchandise. MC seeks to contribute to the enrichment of society through business firmly rooted in principles of fairness and integrity.
MC's activities encompass everything from trading to business investment, the essence of what MC does can best be described as focusing on the needs of customers and society, conceiving business models that meet these needs, and reliably providing functions and services to propel these businesses forward.
Mitsubishi Corporation is just one of many independent companies that bear the Mitsubishi name. Founded in the early 1870s as a steamship company by Yataro Iwasaki, the original "Mitsubishi" grew into a collection of companies engaged in most sectors of the Japanese economy. After World War II, the Mitsubishi holdings were broken up into over 40 independent companies, many of which still bear the Mitsubishi name and carry on its tradition of leadership and corporate principles.