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Delivering smiles to the world through sports and wellness

Mikasa Sports Europe is the new European headquarters and future sole importer of Mikasa Sports Japan, a world-leading manufacturer and seller of top-quality sports products.

Our mission is to bring smiles to the world through sport and well-being, and to create new values by pursuing the potential of technology. Our volleyballs are widely recognized as the official ball of the Olympic Games since 1964 and as the exclusive official ball for all FIVB tournaments, which was recently extended until 2032.

We are proud of our history and heritage, which began in 1917 in Hiroshima, Japan, where we developed Japan’s first seamless rubber ball. Over generations, we have inherited and refined our technical capabilities, and we are determined to spread them around the world.

At Mikasa Sports Europe, our ambition is to deepen our high valued relationships with sport federations, align ourselves more closely with both international and national competitions, and position ourselves as a transparent and reliable business partner at the heart of the rapidly evolving European sports retail market.

Our goal is to enhance our presence and broaden our activities in this dynamic market, thereby contributing significantly to the further development and promotion of sport and well-being within Europe.

Company overview

This section contains corporate information about Mikasa Corporation, including it’s corporate overview and management philosophy.

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This section introduces the ball and sports equipment business along with the industrial equipment business, which are the two representative business fields for Mikasa.

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President's message

This section explains the direction that Mikasa would like to aim toward moving forward, now that 100 years have passed since our founding.

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This section shares the history of Mikasa, which extends over 100 years, and the story behind our founding.

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Company overview

Company Name



Head Office
1, Kuchi, Asa-cho, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima Office(Overseas Business)
10-19, 1-choume, Hikarimachi, Higashi-ku, Hiroshima, Japan

Representative President and CEO

Yuji Saeki

Date of Establishment



100 million Yen (as of October, 2020)

Factory Site

9,710 square meters Floor area total 14,800 square meters


We at Mikasa aim to strengthen our personnel to create value, and continue to grow as a company to create a rich society.

  • We will advance product development to keep up with the changing of the times, and contribute to customer satisfaction.
  • We will take proactive action, and use our failures as fuel for future challenges.
  • We will value kindness to people and the environment, and consideration for our friends.


1917 Hiroshima Gomu Corporation is established in Hiroshima by the founder Masutaro Masuda. Manufacturing and sales of rubber products, such as rubber flip-flops.
1928 Nobori Gomu Industries invents the first air injection dodgeball in Japan.
1932 Nobori Gomu Industries develops the integrally molded athletic ball. These balls are sold under the name of the “all-powerful ball” and are received well. This serves as the predecessor to the hollow ball in Japan.
1935 Ales begin under the trade name “Mikasa Balls.”
1936 Nobori Gomu Industries invents a method of heating a rubber inner bag by attaching a valve and inserting compressed air and produces these products. An application is submitted for a patent.
1937 Hiroshima Gomu Corporation changes its company name to Masuda Gomu Industries. Manufacturing and sales of puncture proof tires for bicycle sidecars. Marusan Gomu Industries receives its first order of a rubber roll for newspapers. This serves as the first step into the field of industrial rubber products.
1940 There is a notification that the trade name of “Mikasa Balls” can no longer be used because it is disrespectful to the Emperor, and the name is changed to “Daitoa.”
1941 Masuda Gomu Industries and Nobori Gomu Industries are integrated to newly form Masuda Gomu Corporation.
1942 Due to the corporate regulation law, there is a merger with Marusan Gomu Industries.
1943 Due to the worsening conditions of the war, all factories that manufacture rubber sports equipment are shut down.
1945 The offices and factories are completely burnt down by the atomic bomb.
1946 The factories are rebuilt and resume operations. Production begins for rubber sports balls under the instruction of the occupation army. The Ministry of Education places an emphasis on dodgeball to promote athletic activity in elementary school, and our company’s dodgeballs spread throughout the company. Yutaka Terada takes the position of President.
1949 A structure involving two gourds for the inner bag, cotton reinforcement, and rubber on the outer later is invented and erves as the basis for balls after the war.
1950 The company name is changed to Myojo Gomu Industries. Sales resume with the trade name of “Mikasa Balls.” Manufacturing and sales of volleyballs begin.
1955 Following the flow of high growth, the range of manufacturing expands to industrial and lifestyle rubber products. Based on a request from various ship builders, manufacturing and repair of rubber covers for ship propulsion begin.
1958 Minoru Nobori takes the position of President.
1959 The factories are expanded, and the industrial product department is enhanced. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry provides JIS certification for official stamps. The Ministry of Transport designates the factory as approved for rubber covers for propeller shafts. Sales of sponge softballs.
1960 Kunishi Okita takes the position of President. Development of a thread wound ball aiming for ultimate roundness intensifies.
1962 A sales contract in Japan with Walt Disney Productions (presently the Walt Disney Company) is concluded. Incentive trips on airplanes, which were rare at the time, are carried out.
1964 Mikasa volleyballs are used at the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese women’s volleyball team (the Witches of the Orient) led by coach Daimatsu wins the gold medal. There is an unprecedented volleyball fad, as the TV drama “Sign wa V” is very popular, and the manga “Attack No. 1” was a big hit during the previous year. An automatic molding machine for rubber rolls is newly installed to respond to demand for larger rubber rolls. The Nippon Kaiji Kyokai designates the factory as the first to be certified for rubber covers for propeller shafts.
1970 Orders from the United States for OEM production of rubber balls increases from this year throughout the 70s. At the same time, effort is being put in for the development of the Mikasa brand in overseas market as a result of the conclusion of a contract with the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) and other factors. Certification is provided by the Maritime Administration of the Ministry of Transport and the Nippon Kaiji Kyokai to manufacture rubber covers for propulsion shafts. Certification is provided by the Chinese Ship Classification Society (CR) regarding rubber covers for propeller shafts.
1975 Water lubricated bearings (rubber bearings) are developed and entered into the market. Adoption takes place for ships and pumps.
1978 The rubber bearings are officially adopted by the Defense Agency’s warships.
1981 Water lubricated bearings (rubber bearings) are adopted by the Maritime Safety Board’s patrol boats. Water lubricated bearings with improved rubber bearings (product name: FF Bearings) are developed.
1983 FF Bearings are adopted by the Defense Agency’s warships.
1986 The structure of the FF Bearings is certified by the Nippon Kaiji Kyokai.
1987 FF Bearings are adopted as bearings for pumps to circulate water in thermal power plants.
1989 FF Bearings are adopted as bearings for pumps to circulate water in thermal power plants.
1998 Mikasa’s colored volleyballs are adopted as the official match ball for the Volleyball World Championship. Since then, colored volleyballs continue to be used at tournaments hosted by FIVB and come to be known as the representation of Mikasa balls. The Mikasa Association for Sports Promotion is established.
1999 Ball factories in Thailand are built and start operation.
2001 The company name is changed to Mikasa Corporation.
2003 Taketoshi Saeki takes the position of President.
2008 FF Bearings are adopted on “Shirase,” the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Antarctic exploration ship. Water lubricated bearings reach their largest scale in Japan. The results of “Research on Damage to Shaft Sleeves for Ocean Water Lubricated Bearings,” the joint research with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are presented at the Japan Institute of Marine Engineering. The research receives the essay award.
2011 A paper regarding the FF Bearings titled “Optimized Water Circulation Bearings for the Environment and Energy Saving” is submitted to the Japan Institute of Marine Engineering. The paper receives the technical award.
2013 Ball factories in Cambodia are built and start operation.
2014 The headquarters and factories are moved from Nishi, Hiroshima to Asakita, Hiroshima. Yuji Saeki takes the position of President.
2017 100th year anniversary of founding.