Japanese companies: Looking at the changes of the stock value over 60 years

The most recent article from Veritas Nikkei showed the most successful Japanese companies over the last 60 years, ranking done solely focused on the increase of their average stock value. Most surprising was for me to find that Toho (Japanese film, theater production and distribution company) is ranked as number one! Personally I would never expected that a Japanese entertainment related company has made such huge financial gain based on the stock value. How about you, would you have guessed the same companies in the top 20 based on the average stock value over past 60 years:

1. Toho (increased average stock by 1440 times)
2. Daikin (173)
3. Astellas (151)

4. Toyota (130)
5. Kao (110)
6. Takeda (103)
7. Canon (86)
8. Komatsu (85)
9. Shinetsu Kagaku (73)
10. Olympus (67)
11. Tokushuto (60)
12. Toyotasen (57), Yamato HD (57)
14. Shiseido (54)
15. Koito (50), Suzuki (50)
17. Panasonic (49), Nikon (49)
19. Ibiden (48), Fuji Film (48)

Personally I don’t see it as surprising that pharmaceutical companies rank that high, but at the same time I have to say I would have never guessed the top two companies right. Looking at the economical challenges Japan is facing, I am wondering how many of the companies listed above will be still existing in 10 or 20 years. Let’s hope there is a chance that I will be then still blogging about Japan related topics.

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