History & Profile

Nikon Corporation is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and a world leader in optics and imaging through our innovative products, including cameras, binoculars, microscopes and measurement instruments, along with optical technologies for application in various fields such as medicine and optometry. We are also one of the world’s top ten largest manufacturers of semiconductors.


Founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (日本光学工業株式会社 "Japan Optical Industries Corporation"), we became Nikon Corporation in 1988 after great strides in innovation behind our cameras.

For over 90 years, we have set our sights on exceeding the expectations of consumers by building products to the highest standards of reliability and precision. Whether through masterful craftsmanship or state-of-the-art technology, our leading expertise is at the heart of each and every Nikon product. As a committed global citizen, the Nikon group of companies also supports an extensive range of internal and external projects across all areas of corporate social responsibility with our basic approach founded on the Nikon corporate philosophy of "Trustworthiness and Creativity."

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