Our beginning is a unique one. It started with a dream that came into the minds of Takuya Okada who travelled to the United States. Looking for inspiration for his mid-sized retail business back in Japan, he took a trip and was astounded by the large-scale retail chains that dominated the USA. He returned back home to Japan with a seed of enthusiasm within him.
He shared his dream with Kazuchi Futagi and Jiro Inoue, owners of their own mid-sized retail business. The proposal: to come together and join efforts to create a massive conglomerate to provide Japanese customers the best value, product and service.
In 1969 Japan, our three founders came together and the Japan United Stores Company, or JUSCO for short, was formed. They dubbed it ‘the merger of hearts’.
In their manifesto, they included a line became their philosophy. The line read “From this day forward, all members who join us will be welcomed equally”. To expand their offerings, they partnered with businesses all over Japan and with its clear mission from the heart, success came quickly. Soon, it grew and became a nationwide chain. Throughout the years, it adapted to fit their customers’ needs. From just retail, it expanded to real estate development, services and financial industries. In 1989, the company was renamed as AEON Co., Ltd.
In 1984, the company set its heart in Malaysia. It accepted the Malaysian Government’s invitation to help modernize the country’s retail industry and JAYA JUSCO STORES SDN. BHD was set up. After years of being one with the Malaysian population’s shopping experience, the company officially changed to AEON CO. (M) BHD. in September 2004.
With roots in a Latin word that translates to eternity, AEON became our name and our goal; of eternally striving to live our philosophy where the customers always come first. Continuously changing to provide and suit the needs and desires of its customers, AEON’s goal has never wavered.