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, JT for short, is a cigarette manufacturing company. It is part of the Nikkei 225 index. It is the only Japanese and one of the 59 global brands to be in the Internet Hall of Fame owning a two letter domain name. In 2009 the company is listed at number 312 on the Fortune 500 list. It has its headquarters in Minato, Tokyomarker.


The company traces its origins to 1898. Incorporated in 1949 as the , Japan Tobacco was a state monopoly until 1985, when it became a public company.

It was two-thirds owned by the Japanese Ministry of Financemarker until June 2004, and the Japanese government share is presently 50%. JT International (JTI), acquired in 1999 from R.J. Reynolds, is an operating division of Japan Tobacco Inc., handling the international production, marketing and sales of the group's cigarette brands. It sells Camel, Salem, and Winston brands outside the USAmarker.

Japan Tobacco also operates in foods, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, engineering, and real estate. Japan Tobacco completed the largest ever foreign takeover in Japanese history through acquisition of Gallaher Group plc in April 2007.

Japan Tobacco runs the Tobacco and Salt Museum in Tokyo.


Japan Tobacco controls 66.4% of the cigarette market in Japanmarker and will seek more takeovers from 2009 to build on the 1.4 trillion JPY (USD 15 billion) purchase of Gallaher Group, with President Hiroshi Kimura commenting that further acquisitions would be appropriate after the full integration of Gallaher by 2009.


JT flagship brands

Other JT flagship brands

Other brands

Smoking etiquette posters

JTI runs a series of surreal posters designed to educate smokers about the finer points of smoking etiquette.

Image:JTI700.jpg|Cigarettes are hot.Image:JTIBareArm.jpg|Cigarettes can damage bare arms.Image:JTIBin.jpg|Binning cigarettesImage:JTIChildHead.jpg|Child safetyImage:JTICoat.jpg|Coat considerationImage:JTICollection.jpg|The Winter 2006 CollectionImage:JTIDrain.jpg|Drains are not ashtraysImage:JTIGun.jpg|Cigarettes are lethalImage:JTIPockAsh.jpg|Pocket ashtraysImage:JTISmoke.jpg|Smoke issuesImage:JTISnowman.jpg|Snow and cigarettesImage:JTIWall.jpg|Tobacco graffiti

Environmental record

Japan Tobacco had recent health issues involving their company. Contaminated gyoza dumplings made by the company poisoned ten people, including a five year old girl who has now recovered. Thousands of other Japanese people were going to the hospital because of stomach issues as well. A number of dumplings were found containing dichlorvos and methamidophos from pesticide. The health minister of Japan said the contamination was possibly intentional, and the police are investigating for an attempted homicide. The dumplings were from China, but Japan Tobacco has said it does not plan to cease its manufacturing in China. Frozen food sales went down by 60% for the business since this health scare. Japan Tobacco's stock price fell 7.1% after they were forced to recall their products, and the company also lost a $500 million merger deal with Nissin Foods because of this occurrence.

See also


  1. Internet Hall of Fame List of Large Companies that own a Two Letter Domain
  2. " Corporate Data (as of March 31, 2009)." Japan Tobacco. Retrieved on October 19, 2009.
  3. Gallaher agrees £7.5bn Japan Tobacco takeover - News
  4. JT holds approximately two-thirds of the domestic cigarette market share, which is built on its best-selling brands: Mild Seven, Cabin, Caster, Seven Stars, Peace, Camel, and Salem." Japan Tobacco website, 2006
  5. Hoover's business report, 2006, on Japan Tobacco Inc. "Japan Tobacco has plenty to puff about. The company controls more than 70% of the cigarette market in a country where about half of the male population smokes."
  6. Dumpling scare thwarts Japan Tobacco's merger plan - International Herald Tribune
  7. Japan Tobacco to Stay in China Despite Dumpling Scare - Food Industry News
  8. After Bad Dumplings, Nissin Loses Appetite For Japan Tobacco Deal -

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