The World's longest operated(1400 years!!) family run company from Japan – kongo Gumi.
Japanese business etiquettes are the best in the world. Here is another solid example that a 1400 year old construction company been run by a family that had been decommissioned in the year 2006 due its choking debt. Their constructions will speak for them. They are the prestigious builders of the Osaka castle. It has again been commissioned and runs as a fully acquired subsidiary of Takamatsu Ltd.
The History rewinds back to 578 A.D and involves nearly 40 generations of the Kongo family. The history starts from a masterful carpenter shigemitsu Kongo. He had been invited by prince Shotoku who was a strong follower of Buddhism. He is one of the main Persons who instigated the spread of Buddhism in Japan. Shigemitsu kongo ‘s first construction was the shitennou-ji Buddhist temple. It is believed to be Japan's first Buddhist temple. Then comes the inception of the company following the success of shitennou-ji temple. The legacy was passing through several generations. They were mainly specialized in building Buddhist temples as there was a never ending demand for the temples which lead to the sustainability of the company over centuries.
Over the years they had built hundreds of Buddhist temples and gates. One of their greatest art is the Osaka castle built in 1583 A.D which played a vital role in the Japanese history. World war saw a downfall in the company’s growth as there was no demand for temples at the time of the crisis. Then was the point when they used the situation in their favour. They built coffins as it was in demand at the time of the war. Such was their flexibility. The post war period had a huge demand for the rejuvenation of the damaged temples and shrines. There was a huge decline in their service in 1980’s and 1990’s and they got choked by debts too. In addition to the architectural trends too started to change in Japan then. In 2006, following the economic crisis, the company could no longer survive and went into liquidation. In 2008, it was took over by Takamatsu Ltd. and run by the same name to reminisce its historic journey.