History

In May, 1957, Minato Medical Science Co., Ltd took its first steps as a medical equipment manufacturer with its wood-frame low-frequency therapy unit.
In the half-century since we have been working as pioneers in the medical electronics field to conduct numerous joint research projects with physicians in clinical practice to provide a wide range of medical equipment. Everything we do is aimed at providing better medical equipment to patients and healthcare workers.

  1. 1950s

    1. 1957

      Kensei Minato, as President, founds Minato Medical Science Co., Ltd.

      Capital: 4 million yen. Location: 30 Doyamacho, Kita-ku, Osaka.

      Tokyo Branch and Fukuoka Liaison Branch open.

    2. 1959

      The headquarters move to the current location at 3-13-11 Shin-kitano, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka.

      The Kinetizer low-frequency therapeutic unit goes on the market.

  2. 1960s

    1. 1960

      The Showtizer shortwave therapeutic unit goes on the market.

    2. 1961

      Hiroshima Liaison Branch opens.

    3. 1966

      Capital is increased to 10 million yen. Sapporo Liaison Branch opens.

    4. 1967

      Capital is increased to 20 million yen. Sendai Liaison Branch opens.

      The Microtizer microwave therapy unit goes on the market.

    5. 1968

      Capital is increased to 25 million yen. Akita Liaison Branch opens.

      The Pulsetizer pulsimeter goes on the market.

    6. 1969

      Niigata Liaison Branch opens.

      The Tractizer automatic active intermittent traction unit goes on the market.

    The Showitzer

    The Microtizer

    The Tractizer

  3. 1970s

    1. 1970

      Capital is increased to 45 million yen.

      pistol-grip BCG syringe goes on the market.

      The Audiometer series goes on the market.

    2. 1971

      Nagoya and Kagoshima Liaison Branches open.

      The Bithatizer warm bath therapy unit goes on the market.

      The HB-1 electronic manometer goes on the market.

    3. 1972

      Takamatsu Liaison Branch opens.

      The Autospiro electronic diagnostic spirometer goes on the market.

    4. 1973

      Capital is increased to 70 million yen.

    5. 1974

      The company develops hot-wire anemometer, which identifies inhalation/exhalation flows.

      The Respiromonitor RM-100 respiration monitoring device goes on the market.

    6. 1975

      Capital is increased to 100 million yen.

      Kanazawa Liaison Branch opens.

    7. 1976

      The MT 30, therapeutic equipment for sudden hearing loss, goes on the market.

    8. 1977

      The Vibra-bath BT2, vibratory bath with incremental heating, goes on the market.

    The Autospiro

    The MT 30

  4. 1980s

    1. 1981

      Yokohama Liaison Branch opens.

      The Superkine SK-1 interferential low-frequency therapy unit goes on the market.

      The Phonation Analyzer PA-500, phonation analyzer, goes on the market.

    2. 1982

      The RM-200 respiratory metabolism monitor, to apply a breathby- breath approach with hot-wire anemometry to measure respiratory metabolism, goes on the market.

    3. 1983

      Urawa, Funabashi, Kyoto, Kobe, Kitakyusyu Liaison Branches open.

      The Medical Gas Analyzer MG-360 goes on the market.

    4. 1984

      The AS-500 respiratory function monitor wins the Good Design Award.

    5. 1985

      The BX-82, body plethysmograph to conduct measurements during breathing at rest, goes on the market.

      The BM300 electromyograph goes on the market.

      The company launches small spirometers in North America.

    6. 1986

      The Minahot dry hot pack system goes on the market.

      The HR 100, asthma therapy equipment, goes on the market.

      The Mity Q, microwave therapy unit, goes on the market.

    7. 1988

      Shigeru Nishida takes office as President.

      Liaison branches are renamed as offices.

      The BM-S electrostimulator goes on the market.

      The Aeromonitor AE-280 goes on the market, securing the position as the standard equipment for metabolism monitoring in Japan.

    8. 1989

      Kokubunji Office opens.

      The Tractizer, with swing arms, goes on the market.

      The System 9 total respiratory function monitor goes on the market.

      The Myoanalyzer MA-230 evoked potential monitoring system goes on the market.

    The Superkine SK-1

    The Phonation Analyzer

    The AS-500

    The HR 100

    The Aeromonitor
    AE-280

  5. 1990s

    1. 1990

      Minamiosaka Office opens.

      The Aeromonitor AE-280S passes tests at UCLA to be used as the standard equipment at workshops by Dr K. Wasserman.

    2. 1991

      The Softlasery JQ-310 semiconductor laser therapy unit goes on the market.

    3. 1992

      The Actex Series exercise therapy equipment goes on the market.

    4. 1993

      Shizuoka Office opens.

      Kumamoto Office opens.

    5. 1995

      Nobuo Saito takes office as President.

      The EBP-300 automatic manometer for continuous blood pressure monitoring during exercise goes on the market.

    6. 1996

      Chuo Research Center and Nishiki Factory move to 137 Kawanishi, Sasayama, Hyogo (Nishiki Facilities).

      Offices receive approval for medical device repair business to enrich the service system.

    7. 1997

      Akita Office moves to Morioka Office.

      The Autospiro AS-303/505 electronic diagnostic spirometers go on the market.

    8. 1998

      The Hotrhythmy dry hot-pack system goes on the market.

      The Aeromonitor AE-300S goes on the market.

      The Combit CB-1 unsupported exercise equipment with measurement function goes on the market.

    9. 1999

      The Alphabeam ALB-100 infrared radiation device goes on the market.

      The Lift-chair Bath LC-70 special bathing system goes on the market.

    The Softlasery JQ-310

    Nishiki Facilities

  6. 2000s

    1. 2001

      The Esca-rest ER-15 voltage therapy unit goes on the market.

      The Polariskine PO-1 low-frequency therapy unit goes on the market.

    2. 2003

      The Aquatizer QZ-200 Dry hydro Jet massage bed goes on the market.

    3. 2004

      Hideshi Terada takes office as President.

      Nisiki Facilities receive ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification.

      The SuperTrac ST-1L, equipment for lumbar traction in the seated position, goes on the market.

    4. 2005

      Nagoya Office moves within the city to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      The Weltonic Series muscle training equipment goes on the market.

      The Autospiro AS-307/407/507 electronic diagnostic spirometers go on the market.

    5. 2006

      Niigata Office moves within the city to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      Tokyo Office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom) in Kita-ku.

      Hiroshima Office moves within the ward to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      The Phonation Analyzer PA-1000 phonation analyzer goes on the market.

    6. 2007

      The headquarters is rebuilt into an eight-floor building.

      Minamiosaka Office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom) in Sakai city.

      Morioka Office is merged with Sendai Office.

    7. 2008

      Kobe Facilities (Kobe Factory and Research Center) open.

      Kobe Office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      Sendai Office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      Yokohama Office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      Kyoto Office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      The SuperTrac ST-2L lumbar traction chair goes on the market, winning the Good Design Award.

      The Maxkine MK-130G low-frequency therapy unit goes on the market.

      The Weltonic L Series unsupported exercise equipment with measurement function goes on the market.

      The Polariskine PO-3 low-frequency therapy unit goes on the market.

      The Aeromonitor AE-310S goes on the market.

    8. 2009

      Tama Office moves to a new building (equipped with a new showroom).

      Kumamoto Office is merged with Fukuoka Office.

      A 102.6 kw solar power generation system is installed in Kobe Facilities.

    The Aquatizer QZ-200

    The SuperTrac ST-1L

    The headquarters

    Kobe Facilities

    The SuperTrac ST-2L

  7. 2010s

    1. 2010

      Kagoshima Office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      Nishiki Facilities are expanded to incorporate a distribution warehouse.

      The Superkine SK-10WDX interferential low-frequency therapy unit goes on the market.

      Shizuoka Factory opens in Fukuroi, Shizuoka.

    2. 2011

      Yoshihiko Tsumura takes office as President and CEO.

      A 100.8 kw solar power generation system is installed in Nishiki Facilities.

      The SuperTrac ST-2CL automatic active intermittent traction unit goes on the market.

      The Softlasery JQ-W1 semiconductor laser therapy unit goes on the market, winning the Good Design Award.

    3. 2012

      Kobe Facilities are expanded for the second time to incorporate Chuo Research Center, which includes a 100.8 kw solar power generation system.

      A rehabilitation daycare center called “Minato Care Station” opens in Kobe Facilities.

      The Sonictizer SZ-100 ultrasound therapy unit goes on the market.

      The Mobile Aeromonitor AE 100i goes on the market.

      The Aquatizer QZ-240 dry hydro jet massage bed goes on the market, winning the Good Design Award.

      The SD Series Physiotherapy equipment goes on the market.

      The Polariskine PO-3i/PO-S low-frequency therapy units go on the market.

    4. 2013

      Shizuoka Office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

      The Weltonic i Series unsupported exercise equipment with the measurement function goes on the market.

      The Luxair LX-H1 home air massager goes on the market.

      The Microtizer MT-5 microwave therapy unit goes on the market.

    5. 2014

      Smart Audio, manual audiometer goes on the market.

      Tractizer TC-C1, active automatic intermittent traction chair goes on the market.

      Okinawa office opens. (equipped with a showroom) Pararail B4120P, interlocking lifting parallel bars goes on the market.

      Superkine SK-10W, interference low frequency therapy unit goes on the market.

    6. 2015

      Sapporo office moves to a new building. (equipped with a showroom)5-year free repair warranty starts.

      Solius SOL-1, Low frequency therapy unit goes on the market.

      Kumamoto showroom opens.

      Morioka showroom opens.

    7. 2016

      Auto Healther, DZ-2500, DZ-190 goes on the market Kita Kyusyu office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom) Solius SOL-1winning the Good Design Award.

      Urawa office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom) and renamed as Saitama office.

      Hydrotizer HC-U series, wet hot pat device goes on the market.

      Weltonic WTS-L series, self-exercise training equipment with measurement function goes on the market.

    8. 2017

      Weltonic WTS-i series, self-exercise training equipment with measurement function goes on the market.

      Funabashi office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom) and renamed as Chiba office.

      Morioka showroom renamed as Morioka office.

      Aquatizer QZ-260 Dry hydro jet massage bed goes on the market.

    9. 2018

      Nobuyuki Kurusu takes office as a President.

      SuperTrac ST-3L, ST-3CL, active automatic intermittent traction chair goes on the market.

      Minato Medical Science (EUROPE) GmbH, European subsidiary opens in Dusseldorf Germany.

      Takamatsu office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

    10. 2019

      ActStep K7007, whole body exercise training equipment goes on the market.

      Kinetizer KT-104, KT-108, low frequency / interference current low frequency therapy combination unit goes on the market.

    11. 2020

      ESCA-REST ER-F1, voltage therapy unit goes on the market.

    12. 2021

      Fukuoka office moves to a new building (equipped with a showroom).

    The Softlasery JQ-W1

    Kobe Facilities