Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mizuno: 105 Years Down and Many More To Go! ミズノ105歳。まだまだこれから!

Just like ASICS, Mizuno Corporation is another sports equipment and sportswear company that did not register on my radar as a Japan-based company until after I came here.  Originally established in 1906 by founder Rihachi Mizuno in Osaka, Mizuno Corporation is the choice of many like Ichiro Suzuki in the baseball world and used to be the golf club of choice for Tiger Woods during his collegiate career at Stanford and after turning pro before eventually switching to Nike.  To view the entire list of individuals/teams sponsored by Mizuno, click here.  

Even though the company was established more than 100 years ago, it was not until 1980 that Mizuno entered the American market.  With its U.S. headquarters situated in Norcross, Georgia, a suburb located 32 km (20 miles) to the northeast of Atlanta, Mizuno has gone on to set up offices in Canada, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China to showcase its products for sports enthusiasts of running, track and field, volleyball, baseball, softball, and golf.

As a strong supporter of the Olympics since 1924, Mizuno is committed to contributing to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports, and with 105 years of experience under its belt, the company is positioning itself to continue its mission into the next century.




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