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A trustworthy construction partner both in Japan and abroad

Article - July 19, 2023

A trading company that boasts over six decades of expertise, Dentetsu Shoji is targeting big projects with its niche products as it bids for global growth.

“Cooperation with both SMEs and large general construction firms is a strong point of the company, which is expanding its network.”

Takenao Mimura, President, Dentetsu Shoji Co., Ltd.

Dentetsu Shoji is a trading company that sells construction, mining and civil-engineering materials and machinery, supplying projects in Japan and worldwide.

“Traditionally, we’re known for specializing in civil-engineering solutions – particularly in the construction of highway, railway and sewage tunnels,” says the Tokyo-based firm’s president, Takenao Mimura.

A trader with a growing global influence, Dentetsu Shoji opened a South Korean office in 2003. Located in Seoul, the branch aids the company’s work abroad, which is chiefly carried out for Japanese clients.

“A lot of general construction companies in Japan are focusing on overseas markets and are contributing to local infrastructure,” Mr. Mimura says. “For example, we’ve assisted with the construction of the Marmaray Tunnel in Turkey, a subway system that’s the world’s deepest tube tunnel.”

It is the kind of project that Dentetsu Shoji, as a company that isn’t as large as Japanese trading giants like Mitsubishi and Mitsui, tends to set its international sights on.

“Basically, we’re aiming to go to places which, for a variety of reasons, those trading houses are unwilling to go to. Common sense dictates that as a smaller company, niche locations are key to expanding further overseas.”

While Dentetsu Shoji normally assists Japanese companies with overseas projects, it also welcomes international clients. 

“We’re traveling along a long road, and if we come across foreign companies that are looking for the kinds of solutions we provide, we’d be fools not to take that opportunity,” Mr. Mimura says. “Whether it’s foreign or Japanese, we’re always looking to increase our network and spread our good name.”