The Amazon marketplace was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994. Amazon first launched Amazon.co.jp to serve Japan and Japanese-language speakers around the world on Oct.31,2000.
Before that, Japan was Amazon.com’s largest export market, with 193,000 customers and annual sales of around $34 million. In July 2013, Amazon Japan KK and Amazon Data Service Japan KK, which support the operation of the general online store Amazon.co.jp, established an Osaka branch to further reinforce product sales services and Amazon web services in Western Japan.
The companies established the Osaka branch to increase the number of new sellers in Western Japan, provide business support for existing sellers, and to expand the product range of “Nippon Store”, which sells local delicacies and specialty products from all over Japan on Amazon.co.jp.