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160307-0004 - Mitsui Bank


Tokyo Showa 1930s Shufu no Tomo

Mitsui Bank (三井銀行) in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, ca. 1930s.

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.

This image has kind of a soft focus and is grainy.

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