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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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THE ASIAWEEK
1000

The Largest Companies In Asia
1-50


1-50 |51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201-250 | 251-300 | 301-350 | 351-400 | 401-450 | 451-500 | 501-550 | 551-600 | 601-650 | 651-700 | 701-750 | 751-800 | 801-850 | 851-900 | 901-950 | 951-1000

Notes on The 1000

Download The 1998 Asiaweek 1000

Rank Rank Company name Country Main business Sales Net Profit Assets Sales per Equity Employees Profit per Market Profit as % of Notes Rank
1998 1997 $ Millions % change $ Millions % change RANK $ Millions Rank $1 Assets $ Millions Rank Number Rank Employee Cap. $m. Sales Assets Equity 1998
1 1 MITSUI & CO. JAPAN General trading 144,768.0 7.3 272.6258368 -9.039516863 97 60,696.9 11 2.39 5,810.8 55 40,000 63 6,816 8,950.0 0.188319165 0.449159404 4.691727142 3 L 1
2 2 MITSUBISHI CORP. JAPAN General trading 130,801.3 0.2 393.7184891 7.324546581 65 78,703.3 5 1.66 8,342.7 32 35,500 75 11,091 9,665.5 0.301004957 0.500256818 4.719318633 3 L 2
3 3 ITOCHU CORP. JAPAN General trading 128,477.6 1.8 -785.1971237 -- 971 62,060.7 8 2.07 3,258.7 126 6,675 374 -- 2,665.0 -- -- -- 3 L 3
4 4 MARUBENI CORP. JAPAN General trading 112,740.9 -2.4 142.4084635 -14.33401283 174 61,063.7 9 1.85 3,928.0 100 65,000 32 2,191 2,591.2 0.12631486 0.233212838 3.625437399 3 L 4
5 5 SUMITOMO CORP. JAPAN General trading 103,887.6 -6.4 212.9018927 -- 120 47,245.6 18 2.20 4,759.8 73 29,500 100 7,217 5,619.5 0.20493476 0.450628385 4.472926112 3 L 5
6 6 TOYOTA MOTOR CORP. JAPAN Cars, trucks 96,523.7 -4.6 3755.260765 17.73292046 1 114,508.3 3 0.84 49,771.8 1 159,035 14 23,613 92,334.9 3.890508261 3.279466998 7.544950551 3 L 6
7 7 NISSHO IWAI CORP. JAPAN General trading 83,087.4 13.1 25.10951318 -80.29959147 505 44,967.7 19 1.85 2,225.9 182 33,870 80 741 762.0 0.030220595 0.055839039 1.128068026 3 L 7
8 8 NIPPON TELEGRAPH & TEL. JAPAN Telecommunications 78,105.7 7.1 1772.543185 -14.71305233 7 143,421.2 1 0.54 45,160.2 2 226,000 7 7,843 131,119.1 2.269414867 1.2359004 3.925015117 3 L S 8
9 9 HITACHI LTD. JAPAN Electronics, machinery 69,566.4 -1.2 28.73791222 -96.06366961 483 83,585.5 4 0.83 26,785.4 4 331,494 3 87 17,367.2 0.04131007 0.034381448 0.107289317 3 L 9
10 10 MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDL. JAPAN Appliances, electronics 65,217.5 2.8 773.6507149 -32.09868483 24 70,778.7 6 0.92 31,160.5 3 275,962 4 2,803 33,116.2 1.186262952 1.093056213 2.482789645 3 L 10
11 12 SONY CORP. JAPAN Electronics, media 55,835.1 19.3 1835.424415 59.23418901 6 52,922.1 13 1.06 15,005.8 9 173,000 13 10,609 30,751.4 3.287222689 3.468163497 12.23141133 3 L 11
12 11 NISSAN MOTOR JAPAN Cars, car parts 54,257.7 -1.4 -115.7698983 -- 928 65,160.6 7 0.83 10,599.9 20 39,969 65 -- 7,909.1 -- -- -- 3 L 12
13 14 HONDA MOTOR JAPAN Cars, motorcycles 49,588.7 13.3 2154.103645 17.84028431 4 39,798.9 24 1.25 13,289.6 11 109,400 18 19,690 30,914.0 4.343939685 5.412474703 16.20888928 3 L 13
14 13 TOSHIBA CORP. JAPAN Electronics, machinery 45,115.3 -1.1 60.64137532 -89.06182447 333 50,104.5 17 0.90 9,931.5 24 186,000 10 326 15,359.6 0.134414266 0.121029847 0.610594908 3 L 14
15 15 TOMEN CORP. JAPAN General trading 44,032.3 1.7 -181.7340276 -- 938 19,476.8 56 2.26 705.2 493 22,269 140 -- 560.9 -- -- -- 3 L 15
16 16 TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER JAPAN Power generation 43,623.6 4.7 1118.456071 65.83171981 15 118,579.2 2 0.37 12,911.1 12 51,319 45 21,794 31,818.5 2.563878607 0.943214148 8.662770227 3 L 16
17 18 FUJITSU LTD. JAPAN Computers 41,204.9 10.7 46.17737003 -87.89303747 396 42,342.9 21 0.97 9,796.3 25 45,166 53 1,022 20,272.2 0.112067641 0.109055852 0.471376153 3 L 17
18 17 NEC CORP. JAPAN Electronics, computers 40,508.5 -1.0 341.3670551 -54.90112578 76 41,109.5 22 0.99 8,850.0 29 40,084 62 8,516 12,766.0 0.842704997 0.83038524 3.857271071 3 L 18
19 20 SAMSUNG CO. SOUTH KOREA Trading, construction 36,352.2 25.4 15.74493582 -57.07694512 584 16,097.4 73 2.26 1,309.4 309 9,160 309 1,719 255.4 0.043312223 0.097810311 1.202481392 12 L 19
20 29 DAEWOO CORP. SOUTH KOREA Trading, construction 33,500.2 43.2 87.79446856 -19.02933706 256 42,504.8 20 0.79 3,901.8 103 14,471 211 6,067 245.9 0.262071749 0.206551847 2.250111606 12 L 20
21 19 NICHIMEN CORP. JAPAN General trading 31,819.2 -1.1 41.93735019 3.151046961 415 16,931.1 70 1.88 1,261.3 319 18,830 168 2,227 430.1 0.131798678 0.247694764 3.324858461 3 L 21
22 21 MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORP. JAPAN Electronics 31,418.7 2.0 -875.4442516 -- 974 35,027.7 29 0.90 5,164.6 68 46,440 49 -- 4,232.6 -- -- -- 3 L 22
23 23 MITSUBISHI MOTORS JAPAN Cars, trucks 30,872.2 1.7 -841.7720473 -- 973 27,857.9 33 1.11 2,890.7 138 27,324 113 -- 1,739.1 -- -- -- 3 L 23
24 22 JAPAN TOBACCO JAPAN Cigarettes 29,729.1 -2.7 479.5437639 -27.65315411 56 17,015.3 69 1.75 11,204.8 18 20,834 146 23,017 15,837.6 1.613047166 2.818309393 4.279808921 3 L 24
25 30 HYUNDAI CORP. SOUTH KOREA Trading, investment 27,877.2 20.9 5.494644115 -25.74229294 710 3,202.8 409 8.70 194.9 787 713 908 7,706 79.4 0.019710203 0.171557212 2.819461675 12 L 25
26 24 KANEMATSU CORP. JAPAN General trading 26,892.7 -6.4 -22.85312836 -- 866 13,199.6 106 2.04 359.6 694 2,147 738 -- 245.9 -- -- -- 3 L 26
27 31 CHINA PETROCHEMICAL CORP. CHINA Chemicals 26,338.7 -2.3 561.8519144 -15.4476917 45 38,070.7 27 0.69 15,616.7 8 690,000 1 814 -- 2.133176369 1.475812953 3.597761985 12 U S 27
28 25 DAIEI JAPAN Supermarkets 26,144.8 0.5 10.02562195 -- 650 17,773.7 63 1.47 931.2 410 16,929 182 592 2,052.9 0.03834654 0.056407192 1.076671815 2 L 28
29 28 ITO-YOKADO JAPAN Retailing 25,866.5 3.7 582.3869741 -5.197373732 43 16,317.8 72 1.59 7,756.1 36 108,748 19 5,355 22,820.4 2.251509703 3.569031687 7.508740821 2 L 29
30 26 MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDS. JAPAN Machinery, aircraft, ships 25,589.8 -1.5 500.9009009 -50.9712076 53 39,109.2 25 0.65 11,313.9 17 66,623 30 7,518 13,268.7 1.957424626 1.280775414 4.427317522 3 L 30
31 27 NIPPON STEEL CORP. JAPAN Steel 25,428.0 0.5 49.13629226 72.31884058 378 38,603.8 26 0.66 7,262.6 41 22,560 136 2,178 11,805.7 0.193237123 0.127283693 0.676566117 3 L 31
32 34 CANON JAPAN Office equip., cameras 22,820.3 7.9 982.0067774 26.15925332 18 23,654.2 42 0.96 9,083.5 28 78,767 25 12,467 18,838.5 4.303220724 4.151503515 10.81091164 12 L 32
33 33 KANSAI ELECTRIC POWER JAPAN Power generation 21,981.3 1.9 639.0445491 40.14246615 35 57,337.7 12 0.38 10,331.4 22 26,343 116 24,259 19,994.8 2.90721634 1.114527109 6.185444948 3 L 33
34 32 NIPPON OIL JAPAN Oil refining, distribution 21,705.6 -1.3 94.90867014 -8.676634325 243 23,586.9 43 0.92 5,420.0 62 2,314 714 41,015 4,224.6 0.43725506 0.4023786 1.751084611 3 L 34
35 45 NTT DOCOMO JAPAN Cellular phone services 21,705.3 33.8 996.999752 320.4642894 17 18,958.0 59 1.14 1,822.5 219 6,901 366 144,472 72,096.0 4.593356204 5.259004684 54.70637055 3 L 35
36 35 EAST JAPAN RAILWAY JAPAN Rail transport 20,785.3 0.0 547.4419374 -6.263709826 46 61,011.6 10 0.34 6,326.3 48 77,653 26 7,050 23,045.7 2.633799479 0.897275107 8.653373816 3 L 36
37 39 LG INTERNATIONAL CORP. SOUTH KOREA Trading, investment 20,211.4 22.2 -49.03341778 -- 900 5,040.4 274 4.01 273.5 748 4,238 510 -- 40.8 -- -- -- 12 L 37
38 38 SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SOUTH KOREA Electronics, microchips 19,410.9 16.3 129.8288734 -24.76323658 184 24,246.6 40 0.80 6,128.5 53 86,717 22 1,497 4,807.7 0.668846493 0.53545259 2.118458993 12 L 38
39 36 JUSCO JAPAN Supermarkets 19,341.6 4.6 58.60814943 -76.63745387 343 13,253.7 105 1.46 2,684.7 149 13,611 223 4,306 5,733.1 0.3030158 0.442201391 2.183035068 2 L 39
40 37 CHUBU ELECTRIC POWER JAPAN Power generation 18,577.6 3.5 332.5068187 4.803834731 77 51,786.0 14 0.36 7,865.9 35 20,416 152 16,287 14,532.4 1.789824826 0.64207799 4.227172428 3 L 40
41 50 BROKEN HILL PROPRIETARY AUSTRALIA Steel, mining, oil 18,352.6 10.5 -1096.807798 -- 976 27,592.8 34 0.67 9,233.6 27 55,000 43 -- 16,586.5 -- -- -- 5 L 41
42 46 BRIDGESTONE CORP. JAPAN Tires 17,942.0 10.9 323.6548475 -44.32501599 81 15,237.8 81 1.18 5,656.2 57 96,204 21 3,364 18,906.0 1.803894688 2.124026576 5.722122208 12 L 42
43 47 SINOCHEM CHINA Chemicals trading 17,880.0 -0.7 63.92192815 -10.61066127 323 5,800.0 244 3.08 987.0 395 6,452 384 9,907 -- 0.357505249 1.102103126 6.476411635 12 U S 43
44 51 MAZDA MOTOR CORP. JAPAN Cars, car parts 16,872.7 7.8 -56.21952227 -- 908 12,037.1 112 1.40 2,798.4 144 23,873 129 -- 5,171.2 -- -- -- 3 L 44
45 48 INDIAN OIL INDIA Oil refining 16,804.6 -3.0 472.0072701 21.14786542 57 9,030.3 162 1.86 2,935.5 136 33,832 81 13,952 3,604.3 2.808800033 5.226932425 16.07925176 3 L S 45
46 42 IDEMITSU KOSAN JAPAN Oil refining, distribution 16,605.1 -2.3 8.306471609 -71.08745685 671 15,101.0 84 1.10 654.0 521 4,592 489 1,809 -- 0.050023519 0.055006253 1.27014218 3 U a 46
47 55 TOYOTA TSUSHO JAPAN Auto-related trading 16,534.8 11.5 55.26076535 7.908327954 353 6,530.1 221 2.53 1,139.3 352 4,683 476 11,800 728.4 0.334208093 0.846243418 4.850410609 3 L 47
48 43 JAPAN ENERGY CORP. JAPAN Oil exploration & devt. 16,250.0 -2.4 157.4427639 -- 157 13,572.1 98 1.20 853.9 436 14,835 204 10,613 1,193.9 0.968877808 1.160049571 18.43832275 3 L 48
49 40 KAJIMA CORP. JAPAN Construction 16,025.6 -7.7 -62.84816927 -- 911 22,186.4 44 0.72 3,028.7 133 18,282 174 -- 2,911.6 -- -- -- 3 L 49
50 52 NKK CORP. JAPAN Steel 15,987.8 3.0 118.0097529 -14.46201773 202 24,497.0 39 0.65 3,843.8 106 15,613 197 7,558 2,190.7 0.7381226 0.481731453 3.070115081 3 L 50
 


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