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Tokyo Meiji 1900s Unknown
Mitsui Bank in Tokyo. The steel frame enforced brick building was designed by Tamisuke Yokokawa and completed in 1902 (Meiji 35). It was damaged by the Great kanto Earthquake of 1923 (Taisho 12).

The company was originally founded as Echigoya by Mitsui Takatoshi (1622–1694) in Mie prefecture. In 1683, the company purchased a money exchange. By the early 1870s, the new Meiji government had entrusted so much money to Mitsui that it was basically a state treasury. On July 1, 1876 (Meiji 9), the company founded Japan’s first private bank, Mitsui Bank. The bank survives as the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
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