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Kadokawa Corporation (株式会社KADOKAWA, Kabushiki-gaisha Kadokawa) is a subsidiary of Kadokawa Dwango Corporation, and is the parent company of the Kadokawa Group companies, which brings together several affiliated companies related to Kadokawa Shoten.

Kadokawa Corporation
Native name
Kabushiki-gaisha Kadokawa
Kadokawa Shoten
Kadokawa Holdings
Kadokawa Group Holdings
Kabushiki gaisha
Traded asTYO: 9477 (until September 26, 2014)
IndustryPublishing, Motion pictures, Video games
FoundedApril 2, 1954; 64 years ago (1954-04-02)
FounderGenyoshi Kadokawa
Area served
Key people
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa (Chairman)
Masaki Matsubara (President and CEO)
Shinichiro Inoue (Senior Vice-President)
Number of employees
48 (2012)[1]
ParentKadokawa Dwango
DivisionsKadokawa Daiei Studio



The company was founded on April 2, 1954 as Kadokawa Shoten. It was renamed Kadokawa Holdings on April 1, 2003, transferring the existing publishing businesses to Kadokawa Shoten Publishing. The company was again renamed Kadokawa Group Holdings on July 1, 2006. The company inherited the management and integration businesses within Kadokawa Shoten Publishing in January 2007. The magazine businesses were transferred to the Kadokawa Magazine Group. The company was renamed Kadokawa Corporation on June 22, 2013. On October 1, 2013, nine companies in the Kadokawa Group were merged into Kadokawa Corporation. Eight of them operate now as brand companies. Kadokawa Production was dissolved and integrated into the General IP Business Headquarters.[2][3]

On May 14, 2014, it was announced that Kadokawa Corporation and Dwango, the owner of Niconico, would merge on October 1, 2014, and form the new holding company Kadokawa Dwango. Both Kadokawa and Dwango became subsidiaries of the new company.[4][5] In February 2019, Kadokawa Dwango announced that Dwango would now be a direct subsidiary of Kadokawa Corporation in a reorganization of the company.[6]


Kadokawa Corporation serves to bring together several affiliated Japanese companies related to Kadokawa Shoten under what is known as the Kadokawa Group.[7] These companies are of three types: publishing, film and visuals, and cross media. The publishers primarily deal with books, bunkobon paperbacks, manga, and visual media magazines;[8] the film and visual companies deal with Japanese feature films and DVD sales of international films and anime;[9] the cross media companies deal with digital content, urban information and television program information magazines, along with information transmission combining paper media, the Internet, and mobile phones.[10] Other aspects of the group are handled by the other business segment which primarily takes care of video games, real estate leasing, and comprises an advertising agency.[11]

Former subsidiariesEdit

  • Asmik Ace
  • Kadokawa Entertainment: On November 1, 2009, Kadokawa Entertainment was merged into Kadokawa Pictures.
  • Kadokawa Group Publishing: On April 1, 2013, Kadokawa Group Publishing was merged into Kadokawa Group Holdings.
  • Kadokawa J:COM Media: Established in November 2005 as a joint venture between Kadokawa Shoten and Jupiter Telecommunications.[13] It was eliminated in June 2010.
  • So-net Kadokawa Link: Established on June 27, 2007 with So-net Entertainment (43.5%), Kadokawa Mobile (43.5%), and Dentsu E-link[14] (13.0%).[15]
  • Kadokawa Mobile and Movie Gate: On October 1, 2009, Kadokawa Mobile merged with Movie Gate to form Kadokawa Contents Gate.[16]
  • Kadokawa Production: On October 1, 2013, the company was dissolved and integrated in Kadokawa Corporation.
  • MediaLeaves: On January 10, 2010, MediaLeaves was merged into Enterbrain.[17]
  • NTT Prime Square
  • Sarugakucho: Became part of Kadokawa Group Holdings under Enterbrain during the ASCII acquisition. On March 31, 2010, Pole To Win announced that it has acquired Sarugakucho.[18]
  • Words Gear: On September 26, 2006, Matsushita Electric Industrial announced the establishment of Words Gear with Kadokawa Mobile and Tokyo Broadcasting System, effective on October 2, 2006.[19] On September 30, 2010, Kadokawa Group Holdings announced merging Words Gear into Kadokawa Contents Gate, with Kadokawa Contents Gate as the surviving company, effective on January 1, 2011.[20]


  1. ^ 会社概要 [Company Information] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Group Holdings. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  2. ^ "Kadokawa to Merge 9 Subsidiaries Into 1 Company". Anime News Network. March 28, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Notice of Absorption-Type Merger of Consolidated Subsidiaries and Partial Amendments to the Trade Name and the Articles of Incorporation" (PDF). Kadokawa Corporation. March 28, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Schilling, Mark (May 14, 2014). "Kadokawa and Dwango to Merge". Variety. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  5. ^ "Publisher Kadokawa, Internet firm Dwango complete merger". The Japan Times. October 1, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  6. ^ Ressler, Karen. "Nobuo Kawakami Steps Down as Kadokawa Dwango President". Anime News Networkdate=February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  7. ^ グループ会社一覧 [Group Company Summary] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Publishing businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  9. ^ "Movie/Visual businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  10. ^ "Cross media businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  11. ^ "Other businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  12. ^ "Report: Kadokawa Acquires Dark Souls Developers From Software". Silliconera. April 28, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "角川ジェイコム・メディア 「J:COM Walker」創刊 J:COM さいたま、J:COM 相模原・大和 各サービスエリアで8 月に発行" (in Japanese). PR Times. June 14, 2007. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  14. ^ インターネット分野専門の広告会社「電通イー・リンク」を設立 (PDF) (in Japanese). Cyber Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 13, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  15. ^ -「地域情報映像」×「ネット地域広告」×「ネット対応機器」- 「株式会社ソネット・カドカワ・リンク」を3 社共同で設立 ~高品質映像で嗜好に適した情報と出会える『地域情報探訪サイト』を構築~ (PDF) (in Japanese). So-net Entertainment. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 12, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  16. ^ 連結子会社 角川モバイルとムービーゲートの合併に関して (PDF) (in Japanese). Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  17. ^ "MediaLeaves, Inc. announcement" (in Japanese). MediaLeaves. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  18. ^ 株式会社猿楽庁の株式取得(子会社化)に関するお知らせ (PDF) (in Japanese). Pole To Win. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 19, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  19. ^ "角川・松下電器・TBS 3社が電子書籍事業会社 「ワーズギア株式会社」設立で合意 ~読書端末とコンテンツを提供~" (in Japanese). Panasonic. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  20. ^ グループ企業再編による 映像・雑誌・デジタル事業の強化について (PDF) (in Japanese). Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved April 11, 2012.

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