Chugai Match Co., Ltd. established in 1890, is the oldest existing match
manufacturer in Japan.
During the match manufacturing process used from the 1930's to late 50's,
sulfurous acid gas was generated. As a result of this noxious acid gas,
the mother of the 4th president contracted chronic asthma.
In addition, the "Yokkaichi Asthma Pollution Suit" became a social
issue from 1960 to 1972. For these reasons, the president declared, "We
will make matches free of the main component, sulfur."
Through a trial and error process, our company succeeded in creating the
"sulfurless match" and introduced it to the market. We also obtained a process patent for the "sulfurless match."
Today, due to the uniqueness of the sulfurless match, they can be found
mainly on store shelves in drug stores, home improvement centers, and supermarkets,
We will continue to produce all matches with the utmost attention and care
so as to offer "eco-friendly" and "human friendly"
products to our custmers.