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The history of the Mitsui Group is a fascinating saga extending back well over three centuries, when Takatoshi Mitsui founded a kimono store in Edo, a city which later developed and expanded to become present day Tokyo.
Over the years, Mitsui expanded to become a major commercial enterprise trading in Japan and overseas.
Today Mitsui & Co. Ltd. is Japan's largest sogo shosha, or General Trading Company.  The Group is made up of a large number of Japan's leading companies. Its diverse international business functions are a prime motivating force in Japan's economic advancement, also contributing to the expansion of the global economy.

It, presently, has more than 41,454 staff,

Number of offices and overseas trading subsidiaries (as on Mar 1, 2011)
156 offices in 66 countries
Domestic : 12 (Head Office : 1 Offices : 6 Branches : 5)
Overseas : 144 (Overseas offices : 43 Overseas trading subsidiaries : 101 (Head Offices41))

In this rapidly changing world of challenging economies and revolutionary technology, Mitsui has kept pace by value adding to its services, encompassing the use of new technologies, to facilitate trade suited to client requirements.