Cornes & Company Limited


The Cornes business was founded in Yokohama more than one-and-a-half centuries ago on April 1st, 1861 in the closing years of Japan’s Edo period by Frederick Cornes and his partner, William Aspinall. Initially trading in silk and tea, the business quickly expanded to include the import of cotton, metals, consumer goods, coal and other raw materials. The company was also a pioneer in the Japanese insurance market starting with its appointment in 1868 as the first Lloyd’s agent in Japan – a position that is still held today.

With the development of its insurance operations, Cornes paved the way for new services-based industries in an age when business was still dominated by trade in material goods. Today, the Cornes Group business encompasses a wide range of products and services including European luxury automobiles, marine charts and related publications, kitchenware, electronics and other high-tech products and equipment, and dairy and agricultural machinery in addition to insurance. Whatever the field of endeavour, Cornes strives unceasingly to deliver the highest level of quality and service to its customers.


  • Address Cornes House II, 3-3-9 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0014, Japan
  • Phone +81 3-5730-1650
  • Fax +81 3-5730-1624
  • Website
  • Industries/Expertise Architects and Engineers, Auto Dealers, Automobile/Auto Parts Manufacturers, Banking/Financial Services, Chemicals, Construction, Contractors and Contracting, Distributors, Electrical Equipment, Employee Benefits, Information/Communications, Machinery, Marine, Property/Building Management, Real Estate/Property Developers, Retail
  • Region Asia / Pacific


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