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> I thought the previous record was a Japanese temple building company that was around for 400+ years before having to close during the global financial crisis a decade ago?!

You have the numbers mixed up, Kongō Gumi had been founded in 578 AD so its run was over a millennia.






Japan's Kongō Gumi construction company has lasted over 1,400 years! To give a perspective of the time period of its existence -

• It was started just right at the end of Kofun period when Japanese tribes started political centralisation (578 AD).

• It has survived unification of Japan under Tokugawa shogunate (1603 - 1868).

• It has survived forced opening of Japan to the outside world by the western forces (1854).

• It has survived World War I (1914 - 1918).

• It has survived World War II (1939-1945), ending in the near total destruction of the country.

Yet, when Japan survived to become a Trillion dollar economy; Kongō Gumi Co., Ltd. was liquidated and acquired by Takamatsu Construction Group (2006).

What does it take to build a Business which lasts over 1000 years now? Would humanity even last for next 1000 years with current geo-politics, inequality and hatred?


>• It has survived World War II (1939-1945), ending in the near total destruction of the country.

What part of WW2 resulted in near total destruction of the country? The two atomic bombs were tragic, but the near total destruction of two cities is a far cry from the near total destruction of a country.


s/millennia/millennium/. Or a chiliad if you prefer.



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