AEON (company)


ÆON Co., Ltd.
Native name
Ion kabushiki gaisha
  • Kabushiki gaisha Okadaya Gofukuten (legal entity 1926–1959)
  • Okadaya Co., Ltd. (legal entity 1959–1969)
  • JUSCO Co., Ltd. (1969–2001)
TypePublic (Kabushiki gaisha)
Founded1758; 264 years ago (1758)
(as Shinoharaya, later Okadaya) in Yokkaichi
HeadquartersÆON Tower, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Japan
Area served
Key people
Motoya Okada (岡田 元也 Okada Motoya), President
ServicesApparel/footwear specialty, convenience/forecourt store, department store, discount department store, discount store, drug store/pharmacy, home improvement, hypermarket/supercenter/superstore, other specialty, supermarket
RevenueIncrease ¥8,176,732 million (FY 2016)
Increase ¥52,707 million (FY 2016)
Total assetsIncrease ¥8,225,874 million (FY 2016)
Total equityIncrease ¥1,819,474 million (FY 2017)
OwnersMTBJ investment trusts (6.37%)
JTSB investment trusts (5.88%)
Mizuho Bank (3.93%)
AEON Environmental Foundation (2.56%)
Okada family (2.51%)
Norinchukin Bank (2.14%)
Number of employees
500,000+ (FY 2016)
SubsidiariesAEON Retail.
AEON Hokkaido
AEON Kyushu
Maxvalu Chubu
Maxvalu Nishinihon
Maxvalu Tohoku
Maxvalu Tokai
Maxvalu Hokkaido
see ÆON Group
AEON Supermarket in Chiba

ÆON Co., Ltd. (イオン株式会社, Ion kabushiki gaisha), commonly written AEON Co., Ltd., is a Japanese multinational holding company of ÆON Group. It has its headquarters in Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture.[1]

It operates all the AEON Retail Stores (formerly known as JUSCO supermarkets) directly in Japan. Meanwhile, AEON CO. (M) BHD operates all the AEON Retail Stores directly in Malaysia.

ÆON is the largest retailer in Asia.[2] ÆON is a retail network comprising around 300 consolidated subsidiaries and 26 equity-method affiliated companies. These range from convenience stores "Ministop" and supermarkets to shopping malls and specialty stores, including having owned the American chain Talbots. ÆON is Japan's single-largest shopping mall developer and operator.


The name ÆON is a transliteration from the koine Greek word ὁ αἰών (ho aion), from the archaic αἰϝών (aiwon). The name and symbolism used in the branding implies the eternal nature of the company.[3]


The company was legally incorporated in September 1926 as Okadaya (founded in 1758). In 1970, Okadaya merged with Futagi and Shiro to form JUSCO Co., Ltd. The employees voted to name the company "Japan United Stores Company". On August 21, 2001, the company became AEON Co., Ltd. On August 21, 2008, the corporate structure changed. AEON Co., Ltd. became a holding company while AEON Retail Co., Ltd. took over the retail operations formerly held by AEON Co., Ltd.[1]

As of March 1, 2011, all JUSCO and Saty stores under the AEON umbrella in Japan officially changed their names to AEON while all the JUSCO stores and shopping centres in Malaysia were fully re-branded into AEON since March 2012. However, JUSCO stores still operate in the Greater China region and some others.

In November 2012, AEON acquired the operation of Carrefour Malaysia with an enterprise value of €250 million.[4] All of the current Carrefour hypermarkets and supermarkets in Malaysia were then fully re-branded into AEON BiG.[5] The acquisition of Carrefour Malaysia made AEON as the second largest retailer in the Malaysia, which combined the sales from AEON Retail stores (formerly known as JUSCO) and the former Carrefour outlets.[6] Post-acquisition, AEON's ASEAN business vice president said the retail giant targeted to open 100 outlets in various formats in the country by year 2020.[7]

AEON Stores (Hong Kong) Co., Limited was established in Hong Kong in November 1987 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in February 1994. AEON aims to develop a chain operation in Hong Kong and offer value-for-money merchandise to Hong Kong customers.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Aeon 2011 Group Profile Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine." Æon. Retrieved on September 15, 2011. "Head Office: 1-5-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 261-8515, Japan"
  2. ^ Hollinger, Peggy (4 October 2015). "Japan's ANA eyes stake in Vietnam Airlines". Financial Times. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ "FAQ". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 June 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "AEON Co and AEON BiG management to be placed under one roof". The Edge Markets. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2021-09-02.
  6. ^ "Aeon: Two names, one game". The Edge Markets. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2021-09-02.
  7. ^ "Aeon targets 100 new stores in Malaysia by 2020". Retail in Asia. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2021-09-02.
  • Æon Financial Results for FY 2010 (ended on February 28, 2012)[permanent dead link]

External links

  • Official website