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History of Kitanihon-Kakoh and the Sushi Conveyor Belt Market

Year Kitanihon-Kakoh Co., Ltd.
The Sushi Conveyor Belt Market
1958 Genroku Sushi opened by Yoshiaki Shiraishi in Higashiosaka.
(Started at a flat price of ¥50 /plate)
1970 Genroku Sushi booth at Expo '70 in Osaka.
Following the booth’s popularity, sushi conveyor belts spread nationwide.
1971 Developeda hot water system.
1974 Began selling Sushi Conveyor Belts with Hot Water Dispensers for Tea, and Plate Washing Machines.
Conveyor belt sushi with varying prices per plate first appeared around this time.
1975 Rapid increase in conveyor belt sushi restaurants in commercial areas near train stations, especially in major cities.
1978 Opened the first Kurukuru Sushi restaurant in Kanazawa, with the aim of accumulating know-how in the management of conveyor belt sushi restaurants.
1980 Began selling sushi robots.
1981 Began selling bypass devices for large restaurants.
The development and popularization of sushi robots led to increasing numbers of restaurants opening.
1983 Varying prices per plate have become the norm by this point.
1984 To target families, many conveyor belt sushi restaurants began opening in suburban areas. Western-style restaurant names became popular.
1985 Our Sushi Conveyor Belt with a Hot Water System received a Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director-General's Award.
1986 The first restaurant opened using the U-shaped conveyor belt lanes that are commonly used at ¥100 sushi restaurants today.
1988 Began selling NACS nigiri sushi-serving system for making nigiri sushi, arranging it on plates, and placing the plates on a conveyor belt.
1991 Genroku Sushi went public (an industry first).
The phrase “kaitenzushi” (conveyor belt sushi) was added to Kōjien, a major Japanese dictionary (4th edition).
1992 High-end conveyor belt sushi restaurants appeared.
More and more restaurant names became evocative of freshness.
1996 Began selling sanitary conveyors and conveyors with clear roofs.
1999 Began selling the OAISO automatic billing systems.
More and more large ¥100 conveyor belt sushi restaurants began opening.
More and more large ¥100 conveyor belt sushi restaurants began opening.
2000 Began selling chainless conveyor systems.
2001 Began selling time management systems.
A clear distinction between ¥100 conveyor belt sushi restaurants and high-end conveyor belt sushi restaurants has appeared by this point.
2004 Began selling the @Wash detergents for dishwashers.
Acquired NSF certification for our sushi conveyors.
Our Sushi Conveyor Belt with a Hot Water System received a Special Award Commemorating Thirty Years of Publication of Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun.
Began selling the Tokkyu Lane systems.
2005 Our Flat-type Chainless Conveyor received a Good Design Award.
Restaurants with touchscreen ordering systems appeared.
Released a conveyor belt system with a touchscreen ordering system.
2006 Began selling the OAISO2 automatic billing systems.
2007 Began selling Product Control Systems.
Began selling the Order Line Systems.
More conveyor systems feature Tokkyu Lanes.
2008 Began selling the M-08 series of conveyors.
2009 The Tokkyu Lane systems have increasingly come to be used by more unique restaurants.
2010 Released the Hakobēru automatic serving system.
2012 Began selling OAISO3.
2013 Began selling Automated Sinks.
2014 Increasing emphasis placed on side menu items at conveyor belt sushi restaurants.
(Conveyor belt sushi restaurants’ transition toward family-oriented casual dining)
2015 Began selling Plate Sorting Machines.
Began selling the Auto Waiter Systems.
Conveyor belt-style sushi restaurants that exclusively use touchscreen ordering and direct delivery systems began appearing throughout Japan.
2016 Order delivery systems adopted by other industries (e.g. yakiniku grilled meat restaurants).
2017 Began selling the Auto Waiter 2-Way Systems.
Kitanihon-Kakoh Co., Ltd. Year The Sushi Conveyor Belt Market
1958● Genroku Sushi opened by Yoshiaki Shiraishi in Higashiosaka.
(Started at a flat price of ¥50 /plate)
1970● Genroku Sushi booth at Expo '70 in Osaka.
Following the booth’s popularity, sushi conveyor belts spread nationwide.
Developed a hot water system. 1971●
Began selling Sushi Conveyor Belts with Hot Water Systems and Dishwashers. 1974● Conveyor belt sushi with varying prices per plate first appeared around this time.
1975● Rapid increase in conveyor belt sushi restaurants in commercial areas near train stations, especially in major cities.
Opened the first Kurukuru Sushi restaurant in Kanazawa, with the aim of accumulating know-how in the management of conveyor belt sushi restaurants. 1978●
Began selling sushi robots. 1980●
Began selling bypass devices for large restaurants. 1981● The development and popularization of sushi robots led to increasing numbers of restaurants opening.
1983● Varying prices per plate have become the norm by this point.
1984● To target families, many conveyor belt sushi restaurants began opening in suburban areas. Western-style restaurant names became popular.
Our Sushi Conveyor Belt with a Hot Water System received a Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director-General's Award. 1985●
1986● The first restaurant opened using the U-shaped conveyor belt lanes that are commonly used at ¥100 sushi restaurants today.
Began selling NACS nigiri sushi-serving system for making nigiri sushi, arranging it on plates, and placing the plates on a conveyor belt. 1988●
1991● Genroku Sushi went public (an industry first).
The phrase “kaitenzushi” (conveyor belt sushi) was added to Kōjien, a major Japanese dictionary (4th edition).
1992● High-end conveyor belt sushi restaurants appeared.
More and more restaurant names became evocative of freshness.
Began selling sanitary conveyors and conveyors with clear roofs. 1996●
Began selling the OAISO automatic billing systems. 1999● More and more large ¥100 conveyor belt sushi restaurants began opening.
Began selling chainless conveyor systems. 2000●
Began selling time management systems. 2001● A clear distinction between ¥100 conveyor belt sushi restaurants and high-end conveyor belt sushi restaurants has appeared by this point.
Began selling the @Wash detergents for dishwashers.
Acquired NSF certification for our sushi conveyors.
2004●
Our Sushi Conveyor Belt with a Hot Water System received a Special Award Commemorating Thirty Years of Publication of Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun.
Began selling the Tokkyu Lane systems.
Our Flat-type Chainless Conveyor received a Good Design Award. 2005● Restaurants with touchscreen ordering systems appeared.
Released a conveyor belt system with a touchscreen ordering system.
Began selling the OAISO2 automatic billing systems. 2006●
Began selling Product Control Systems.
Began selling the Order Line Systems.
2007● More conveyor systems feature Tokkyu Lanes.
Began selling the M-08 series of conveyors. 2008●
2009● The Tokkyu Lane systems have increasingly come to be used by more unique restaurants.
Released the Hakobēru automatic serving system. 2010●
Began selling OAISO3. 2012●
Began selling Automated Sinks. 2013●
2014● Increasing emphasis placed on side menu items at conveyor belt sushi restaurants.
(Conveyor belt sushi restaurants’ transition toward family-oriented casual dining)
Began selling Plate Sorting Machines.
Began selling the Auto Waiter Systems.
2015● Conveyor belt-style sushi restaurants that exclusively use touchscreen ordering and direct delivery systems began appearing throughout Japan.
2016● Order delivery systems adopted by other industries (e.g. yakiniku grilled meat restaurants).
Began selling the Auto Waiter 2-Way Systems. 2017●