Nihon Nohyaku 90th


Nihon Nohyaku


of Nihon Nohyaku

1928 - 1974 Founding Period

Agrochemicals contributed
to overcoming food shortages after the war

The history of pest control in Japan dates back to the early 19th centry. People were relying on prayers such as "Mushi oi" where they poured whale oil into rice fields to control plant hoppers, and had drums and torches to drive the insects on the rice. Subsequently, agrochemicals derived from natural products such as insecticides using chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium and nicotine sulfate, and fungicides using copper and calcium-sulfur compounds were used. However, for weeds, manual weeding was the main activity, and grazing was a heavy work until the advent of herbicides.
The use of chemical pesticides became popular in Japan after the World War II. After the war ended, Japan suffered from serious food shortage due to a lack of agricultural labor, a decrease in planted area, and unseasonable weather. One of the technologies to overcome this food crisis was chemical pesticides. Since the end of World War II, a number of chemical pesticides have been introduced, contributing greatly to labor saving in agriculture, such as stable yields of unstable crops and reduced working hours in agriculture due to the development of herbicides.
Since its founding, we have continued to raise awareness of the effective use and proper use of agricultural chemicals, thereby increasing market recognition, expanding our business accordingly, steadily solidifying our position as Japan's first comprehensive agricultural chemical manufacturer, contributing to the spread of agricultural chemicals and the development of modern agrochemicals as an industry leader.


Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd. established (Head Office, Osaka)


Disease and Insect Research Farm opened in Kawachi, Osaka


Kyushu Liaison Office (now Fukuoka Branch) opened

Tsukuda Plant (now Osaka Office) constructed


Manchuria Nohyaku Co., Ltd. established


Korean Nohyaku Co., Ltd. established


End of World War II resulted in confiscation of all overseas assets


Tokyo Plant constructed in Toda, Saitama


Hokkaido Liaison Office (now Sapporo Branch) opened


Chemical Research Laboratory constructed

Industry and General Situation
1945:World WarⅡended
1948:Agricultural Chemicals Control Act promulgated in Japan
1953:Japan Crop Protection Association founded / Japan Plant Protection Association founded
1956:Japan joined the United Nations

Head Office relocated to Tokyo


Daiichi Nohyaku Co., Ltd. established in Okinawa


Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange, Second Section


Began transactions with National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations

Nagoya Liaison Office opened (consolidated into Osaka Branch in 2002)


Agricultural Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn.Bhd. established

Saga Plant constructed


Safety Research Center constructed


Nichino Ryokka Co., Ltd. established

Industry and General Situation
1964:The Tokyo Olympics held
1971:Amendment of Agricultural Chemicals Control Act promulgated in Japan
1973:The first oil shock occurred

1975 - 1994 Growth Period

Diffusion of chemical pesticides
and increasing interest in their safety

In time, agrochemicals come to a turning point. Some of the early chemical pesticides, particularly insecticides, were highly toxic, threatening the presence of small animals (i.e., natural enemies) that feed on pests. However, due to increasing awareness of environmental pollution issues, consideration has been made around the world on the toxicity, residue, and use of agrochemicals.
In response to these social trends, we believe that the development of agrochemicals with safety and unique effects is necessary for our sustainable growth. One of the results was Fuji-One (isoprothiolane), the first proprietary product launched in 1975. Fuji-One was born as a agent for rice blast, which is the most serious disease. Fuji-One has demonstrated a high level of control, safety, and product performance, so it became widely used and became a great hit agent and contributed to agricultural production in Japan. Subsequently, it was applied to the plant growth regulator by our technological advisory that is close to farmers. Even after more than 40 years of its launch, it is still widely used by a lot of customers.
By continuing focusing on research and development, we expanded our business and launched proprietary products that are safe and highly selective, such as the insecticide Applaud (buprofezin) and the fungicide Moncut (flutolanil). In 1995, the four research laboratories that were divided by function at that time were integrated, and the Research Center was opened in Osaka, where research and development functions were concentrated.


Fuji-One(isoprothiolane) launched


Kashima Plant constructed in Kamisu, Ibaraki


Tohoku Sales Office (now Sendai Branch) opened


Fukushima Plant constructed


Applaud(buprofezin) launched

Tokyo Plant closed

Industry and General Situation
1975:Pesticide Science Society of Japan inaugurated
1979:The second oil shock occurred
1984:MAFF set standards for proper implementation of toxicity test of agricultural chemicals (GLP: Good Laboratory Practice)

Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section

Kantec (malotilate) launched

Moncut(flutolanil) launched


Japan House Tech Co., Ltd. (now Nichino Service Co., Ltd.) established


Japan EcoTech Co., Ltd. established


Pharmaceutical Research Center constructed

Danitron(fenpyroximate) launched


Naganuma Nursery opened in Hokkaido

London Office opened


Research Center (1st stage) constructed


Astat (lanoconazole) launched for ethical use

Industry and General Situation
1989:The Berlin Wall collapsed
1992:In Japan, the name of the agricultural cooperative changed to JA, and the ZEN-NOH (Agricultural Cooperative Associations) became JA ZEN-NOH

1995 - 2018 - Future Future

Role of Nihon Nohyaku in the global market

The world's population is now 7.6 billion. It is projected to increase 28% to 9.8 billion by 2050 and to increase to 11.2 billion by 2100 (From United Nations World Population Projections, 2017 Revised). In order to provide food in an increasing population, it is essential to increase yields by securing agricultural land and water resources and improving varieties of the crops, as well as to improve productivity by protecting agricultural crops from pests and diseases. We believe that we play a significant role in this mattter.
Our group has aggressively worked to develop overseas business bases, and now our overseas sales ratio has exceeded 50%.In addition, we will work to expand the scope of our business by organically coordinating our research, manufacturing, and sales systems for our proprietary products among our overseas bases. We have traditionally cultivated a research and development corporate culture with unique ideas and observational abilities.
We continue to invent new agents that have novel effects, including V-Get (tiadinil), which enhances rice's intrinsic disease control function against Rice Blast, Phoenix (flubendiamide), which controls muscular contraction against a wide range of Lepidoptera pests, and Colt (pyrifluquinazon), which controls pest behavior. As an R&D-focused company, we are aiming to be a globally competitive company with the goal of launching a new agent every three years. We will continue to advance as a corporate group that pursues a sustainable future for humankind by further enhancing the technological capabilities that we have cultivated to date, thereby contributing to ensuring a safe and steady food supply.


Research Center construction completed


Taiwan Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd. established


Nihon Nohyaku America, Inc. established


Ecopart (pyraflufen-ethyl) and Thunderbolt(pyraflufen-ethyl mixture) launched


Bangkok Office opened


Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.'s plant protection business acquired

A portion of Tomono Agrica’s business acquired

Nagoya Branch integrated into Tokyo and Osaka Branch


Aquired Isouron business from Bayer CropScience

V-Get (tiadinil) launched


Lulicon (luliconazole) launched


Invested in Philagro Holding (France)


Nichino Europe Co., Ltd. (UK) established

Zespart, Windom (lanoconazole) launched for OTC use

Phoenix (flubendiamide) launched


Nichino Scholarship Fund established

Industry and General Situation
1995:Great Hanshin Earthquake occurred
2006:Positive List System introduced
2008:Lehman Shock occurred

Colt (pyrifluquinazon) launched

Tokai-Hokuriku Sales Office opened

Axel (metaflumizone) launched


Nichino Shanghai Co., Ltd. established


Invested in Sipcam Europe (Italy)


Orthosulfamuron acquired from ISEM S.r.l.

Head Office relocated to Kyobashi,


Invested in Sipcam Agro S.A. (and changed name to Sipcam Nichino Brasil S.A.)

Nichino do Brasil Agroquímicos Ltda. established

All shares of Arysta Lifescience Agrimart Co., Ltd. (now AgriMart Corporation) acquired


Acquired Hyderabad Chemical Ltd.
(now Nichino India Pvt. Ltd.)

Danikong ( pyflubumide ), Double Face
( pyflubumide, fenpyroximate ) launched


Sipcam Nichino Brasil S.A. became our consolidated subsidiary

Industry and General Situation
2011:Industry and General Situation
2012:Revised laws and regulations compliance matters concerning pesticide import and export
2016:UK decided to withdraw from EU by referendum

The name of Hyderabad Chemical Pvt. Ltd. changed to Nichino India Pvt. Ltd.

Nichino Vietnam Co., Ltd. established


All shares of Adnicol S.A.S. acquired, and the company's name changed into Nihon Nohyaku Andica S.A.S.

Parade (pyraziflumid) launched

Nihon Nohyaku 90th