“MAGOKORO”Do It from the Heart
FSSC 22000 Certificate


Trade Name
Kaneku co.LTD
Head Office
3-866 Hinatawada Ome City Tokyo. 198-0046
Masayuki   Iwata
75 million yen
Employee Number
205 persons
Business Outline
produce WASABI related products and sell it
Associated Company
Shimane KANEKU Factory CO,.LTD
FSSC 22000   Food Safety Management System


Apr, 1927
Mr Saichi Iwata, and his wife Mrs Shizu Iwata, decided to start producing wasabi, in the Okutama valley, on a commercial scale.
Apr, 1931
A flagship store was opened, producing wasabizuke on a mass scale.
Apr, 1939
The Iwata store became the command centre for Mr Iwata’s exciting new business venture, Iwasa Shouten Corporation. A new line of quality wasabi powder was launched.
Apr, 1946
The Tokyo branch was established. Kaneku expanded sales with an aggressive marketing plan labeled “The kitchens of the capital”. The strategy included gaining market share in Tukiji, Kanda and Senju.
Jan, 1953
Mr Iwata’s booming business, Iwasa Shouten Corporation, moved into a new, larger factory at today’s present address 3-866 Hinatawada Oume city.
May, 1961
A drying factory was founded in Matumoto.
Feb, 1962
Kaneku continues to expand, bringing with it the expertise of its fresh produce production, with the opening of the Nagoya office.
Oct, 1962
Kaneku’s premium flavors are brought to Kyushu, with the birth of the Fukuoka office.
Nov, 1962
The Japanese Cooking Federation recommends Kaneku wasabi as a preferred product.
Dec, 1962
With steady sales and a growing customer base the Sapporo office was set-up.
Dec, 1964
Iwasa Shouten Corporation re-branded to become the Kaneku Corporation. The vision remained the same, “Magokoro”, “Do it from the heart!”
Sep, 1965
The Tokyo factory receives an award for excellence in food hygiene standards.
Oct, 1968
With growing demand, for Kaneku’s fresh, quality products, a new factory in Tokorochou, Hokkaido is brought online.
Nov, 1968
Looking to expand its national presence the Osaka office is opened.
Oct, 1972
With a view to be more available to its valued customers Kaneku opens the Sendai branch.
Nov, 1974
An exciting new era, in the company’s history, is brought into being when the present day factory is opened for business.
Mar, 1975
The Tokyo sightseeing league selects Neriume Shiso as a place of preference, for sightseeing.
Mar, 1977
Tadashi Iwata, the eldest son of the company’s founder, is promoted to company president.
Jan, 1984
Midori Iwata, the eldest daughter of the Mr Iwata, is promoted to company president.
Dec, 1986
Trading commences at the newly constructed company offices.
Nov, 1989
Recognition is given for honest trade practices.
Feb, 1992
To cope with the ever increasing customer base and influx of new orders a new factory is launched in Shimane.
Jan, 1994
A partnership between Eishou Co.,Ltd, Yuasa corporation, in Liaoning China, and Kaneku is formed. Together they manufacture tubes of kneaded wasabi for the Chinese market.
Mar, 1998
The first HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points) approved factory, in this industry, is opened in Japan, by Kaneku.
Feb, 2001
The ISO9002-HACCP is acquired from JQA (Japan Quality Assurance Organization). This is an industry first.
Nov, 2002
Shifted to ISO9001:2000 from ISO9002:1994.
Sep, 2005
Kizami yuzu was awarded the 9th processed food hit prize in the Japanese cuisine section.
Sep, 2008
Wasa buono won the 12th processed food hit prize in the western cuisine section.
Nov, 2009
Iwata Midori, the company president, received a Yellow Ribbon prize.
Mar, 2010
Shifted to ISO9001:2008 from ISO9001:2000.
Jan, 2013
Masayuki Iwata advances to a c-level position.
Sep, 2014
Shaki-Shaki wasabi received the 17th processed food hit prize in the Japanese cuisine section.
Sep, 2016
Shaki-Shaki shouga received the 20th processed food hit prize in the Japanese cuisine section.
Nov, 2016
FSSC 22000 Food Safety Management
Apr, 2016
Oita KANEKU Factory CO.,LTD