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1871 Origin of "Sakura Finetechnical Co., Ltd.
(Sakura Finetek Japan, Co., Ltd.)"
1883 Gihei Matsumoto separately opened a division of medical equipment in Honcho, Nihonbashi-ku.
1901 The limited partnership Iwashiya Matsumoto Kikaiten was established.
1907 Trademark "Sakura" (cherry blossom) was legally registered.

1914 Start of manufacture and sales of "M.K. Microscope", the first microscope of Japanese production
1917 The limited partnership Matsumoto Seizousho was established.
1934 The limited partnership Matsumoto Seizousho was renamed Tiyoda Seizousho.
1947 The Tokyo headquarters office was completed. Restart of business after the end of the Second War.
1949 Tiyoda Optical Co., Ltd. manufactured the first phase-contrast microscope in Japan.
1960 The Tokyo headquarters building was completed.
1962 The company name was changed to Sakura Finetechnical Co., Ltd.
1970 Business partnership with American Sterilizer Company was approved by the governmental authorities.
1971 Sales partnership of Tissue-Tek? products with Miles-Sankyo Co., Ltd.

1983 The new Tokyo headquarter building was completed.
1983 Technical partnership with the Swedish company, Medscand AB, for an automated coverslipping machine
1986 Sakura Finetek USA, Inc., the local corporation in the United State, was established.
1992 The first Sakura pathology seminar (held in Kyoto)
1993 The European representative office was opened in Liden, Netherlands. It was reorganized as a local corporation in 1994.
1995 Sakura purchased the cellular diagnostics business from Bayer Corporation, USA, to further strengthen and expand its worldwide strategies.
1998 The new headquarters building of Sakura Finetek USA, Inc. was completed.
2000 Sakura Finetek USA, Inc. completed the new development and manufacturing center (the second stage of construction).
2001 Sakura Finetek Japan Co., Ltd. was established.