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Kadokawa Corporation
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha KADOKAWA
Kadokawa Dwango Corporation (2014-2019)
Holding Company
Traded asTYO: 9468
FoundedOctober 1, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-10-01)
HeadquartersFujimi, Chiyoda,
Area served
Key people
Tatsuo Sato
Nobuo Kawakami
RevenueIncrease¥201 billion (2016)
Increase¥9 billion (2016)
Decrease¥202 billion [1]
OwnersNobuo Kawakami (8.77%)

The second and current iteration of Kadokawa Corporation[2], is a Japanese media conglomerate, which was formerly called Kadokawa Dwango Corporation[3] and was created as a result of the merger of the original Kadokawa Corporation and Dwango Co., Ltd. on October 1, 2014.[4][5]

In February 2019, Kadokawa Dwango announced that Dwango would stop being their subsidiary to be a direct subsidiary of Kadokawa Corporation in a reorganization of the company.[6]

On July 1, 2019, Kadokawa Corporation was reorganized; the publishing business remained and the company was renamed to Kadokawa Future Publishing while Kadokawa Dwango itself became the second iteration of Kadokawa Corporation and the holding company of all of the Kadokawa Group companies.

Group companies

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 subsidiaries

  • Asmik Ace
  • Daihyakka News: Merged with Dwango in July 2019.
  • 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.
  • Mages: On July 12, 2019, Mages was acquired by Chiyomaru Studio, a concept and copyright company also headed by Mages CEO.[17]
  • MediaLeaves: On January 10, 2010, MediaLeaves was merged into Enterbrain.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20] 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.[21]

See also


  1. ^ "". info.kadokawadwango.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  2. ^ ?KADOKAWA Kabushiki gaisha KADOKAWA
  3. ^ Kadokawa Kabushiki-gaisha, until October 1, 2015 ?KADOKAWA?DWANGO
  4. ^ "Dwango to merge with Kadokawa". The Japan Times. May 14, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Publisher Kadokawa, Internet firm Dwango complete merger". The Japan Times. October 1, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Ressler, Karen. "Nobuo Kawakami Steps Down as Kadokawa Dwango President". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ [Group Company Summary] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Publishing businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ "Movie/Visual businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ "Cross media businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ "Other businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved 2009.
  12. ^ "Report: Kadokawa Acquires Dark Souls Developers From Software". Silliconera. April 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ " ?J:COM Walker J:COM J:COM 8 ?" (in Japanese). PR Times. June 14, 2007. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ (PDF) (in Japanese). Cyber Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 13, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ -××- 3 ~~ (PDF) (in Japanese). So-net Entertainment. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 12, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ (PDF) (in Japanese). Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ Romano, Sal (2019-07-26). "Mages goes independent from Kadokawa Group, 5pb. to consolidate into Mages". Gematsu. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "MediaLeaves, Inc. announcement" (in Japanese). MediaLeaves. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  19. ^ (?) (PDF) (in Japanese). Pole To Win. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 19, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  20. ^ "TBS 3? ? ~?~" (in Japanese). Panasonic. Retrieved 2012.
  21. ^ ? (PDF) (in Japanese). Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved 2012.

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