Sagawa Express

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Native name
Public (K.K.)
Traded as TYO: 9143
Founded March 21, 2006; 13 years ago (2006-03-21)
Headquarters Minami-ku, ,
Revenue ¥930 billion (2016)
¥49 billion (2016)
¥28 billion (2016)
Total assets ¥651 billion (2016)
Total equity ¥310 billion (2016)
Number of employees
85,808 (2017)
  • Sagawa Express Co., Ltd.
  • Sagawa Global Logistics Co., Ltd.
  • SG Realty Co., Ltd.
Sagawa Express's sticker
A Sagawa Express van

Sagawa Express Co., Ltd. (佐川急便株式会社, Sagawa Kyūbin Kabushiki-gaisha) is a major transportation company in Japan. Its headquarters are in Minami-ku, Kyoto. It competes with Yamato Transport, Nippon Express, and other major logistics companies. Its total sales for the year ending March 2005 were ¥728,000,000,000.

The company was founded by Kiyoshi Sagawa. It began operation on March 22, 1957, and was registered as a company on November 24, 1965. On March 21, 2006, it established SG Holdings and transferred its stock to SG, becoming a subsidiary of the holding company.

Sagawa's major customers include Amway,, Softbank BB, Yamada Denki, Culture Convenience Club (Tsutaya), Keyence, Sony Style, Askul, and Digital Media Mart.

Galaxy Airlines of Japan was a member of the group of companies.

1992 scandal

From 1992 the company was the center of a series of corruption and yakuza-link allegations[1] that helped bring down the ruling LDP, and then the reformist Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa.[2]


  1. ^ Terry McCarthy (17 January 1993). "Japan's Crime Incorporated: The years of the bubble economy lured Japan's yakuza gangs to muscle into big business. Terry McCarthy in Tokyo explores their corporate web". The Independent.
  2. ^ David E. Sanger (April 9, 1994). "Japanese Coalition Scrambles to Replace Premier". The New York Times.


  • This article incorporates material in 佐川急便 (Sagawa Kyūbin) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on January 3, 2008.

Further reading

  • Sagawa Kyūbin Saiken 3650 nichi no Tatakai: Yonmannin no Ishiki Kakumei. ISBN 4-87932-030-7.
  • Fushichō Sagawa Kyūbin: Fumetsu no Teiōgaku. ISBN 4-916007-26-3.
  • Sagawa Kyūbin no Daihenshin: SD (Sales Driver) o Kaku to shita "Kōshūeki Keiei" no Himitsu. ISBN 4-7573-0020-4.

External links

  • Sagawa Express, Official website
  • SG Holdings, Official website
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