History & Timeline:
Tsunekazu Ishihara 27 November 1957 (age 62)
Pokémon is short for “Pocket Monsters", the original Japanese name.
: POKEMON CENTER Co., Ltd. is established in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
: Capital is increased to ¥240 million.
: Company name changes to The Pokémon Company. Game-related business begins.
License-related business begins.
: Overseas affiliate Pokémon USA, Inc. (now The Pokémon Company International) is established in Delaware, U.S.A.
: The Official Pokémon website is launched.
: Representative office is established in London, England.
: Pokémon Daisuki Club is launched.
: Overseas affiliate Pokémon Korea, Inc., is established in Seoul, Korea.
: Pokémon Communications Company, an affiliate, is established.
: Pokémon Center Tokyo Co., Ltd.(now Pokémon Center Co., Ltd.), an affiliate, is established.
: Pokémon Communications Company is merged.