UNIVA Oak Holdings Limited

From the company that “manufactures” the net,
Become a company that “creates” networks

Established as Hirata Fishing Net Store in 1868.

Monument to the founder, Sajiro Hirata the First, and a flyer advertisement from the time of the company’s founding.

Hirata Sajiro, a shipping agent from the Kuwana domain, founded Hirata Fishing Net Store in 1868 (Keio 4) to manufacture and sell fishing nets, taking advantage of the demand for fishing gear in the Tomisuhara area, where fishing was thriving in the seafood-rich Ise Bay. This was the predecessor of UNIVA Oak Holdings.

Grows into Japan’s largest fishing net company, Hirata Spinning Co.

Hirata Netting Company in the middle of the Taisho Era (1912-1926)

Hirata Fishing Net Store” later developed into a general textile company engaged in the spinning business using cotton and other raw materials. At the beginning of the 20th century, when the industrialization era began, the company began mass production of fishing nets by introducing frog-and-groove knitting machines such as the German Itz-Ehony type and the French Bonamy type. The products were exported not only to Japan but also to Russia, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, and Denmark, and by the time of World War II, the company had grown to become Hirata Boseki, the largest fishing net manufacturer in Japan in terms of output. In 1949, the company was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Osaka Securities Exchange, and the Nagoya Stock Exchange. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Expanding from textile and spinning to new businesses

By the time it had been in business for over 100 years, Hirata Boseki had become a comprehensive textile company that produced and sold fishing nets, with production bases not only in Japan but also overseas, including Kenya in Africa. Amidst such circumstances, the company entered into a series of new businesses, partly due to the downturn in the fishing industry in Japan. It began to operate a real estate business, a food business, a bakery business, a coffee business, and an investment business, among others. In 1987, the company relocated its headquarters from Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture to Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. The company name was also changed to “Hirabou. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Full-scale entry into investment banking business

In 2001, the firm entered the investment business and began providing financial support for listed companies and business restructuring support. In 2005, the company relocated its headquarters to Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, and accelerated its investment banking business, including corporate acquisitions, investments in listed companies, and IPO investments. In 2006, the company changed its name to Oak Capital Co., Ltd. and became a full-fledged independent investment bank, providing support for fundraising by underwriting equity financing for listed companies, as well as support and advice on business strategies, including M&A, in line with corporate growth strategies. Standard Market” from the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2022. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Birth of UNIVA Oak Holdings

In June 2021, we will shift from investment banking to “value co-creation business. The company will shift to a management structure that will enable it to grow as a group while generating stable earnings. In October 2023, the company name will be changed to UNIVA Oak Holdings, in line with the philosophy of “Unite the Values”.
We are pursuing a federalized group company that actively promotes collaboration among the group’s operating companies and integrates (=UNITE) and grows the value held by the operating companies.