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Social Contributions

Inabata Group and Portugal

Our founder, Katsutaro Inabata, spent time as a student in France and so was eager to promote cultural exchange and friendship with other countries. Katsutaro served as vice-consul for Portugal in Kyoto, and his successor as president of Inabata & Co., Taro Inabata, also served as honorary vice-consul, in Osaka. The fourth president, Katsuo Inabata (now counselor of Inabata & Co.) was the first president of Sociedade Luso-Nipónica de Osaka. At present, Katsutaro Inabata, the sixth president of Inabata & Co., who also serves as honorary Osaka consul, has carried on his predecessor’s position as president of the society, working to promote Japan-Portugal relations.
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Japan-France Exchange

Inabata's connection with France goes back to the latter half of the nineteenth century when Katsutaro Inabata was sent there from Kyoto to study dyeing and staining. When he came back to Japan he set up Inabata's dyestuffs business, importing dyestuffs and dyeing/weaving machinery from France. This was the origin of today's Inabata & Co., Ltd.
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