Mutual Trading Co., Inc. is inaugurated, and locates a half mile east to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California. The founding president, Sadagoro Hoshizaki starts the company to establish a co-op purchasing and import channel for the ten or so Japanese grocery store owners.
On December 7, upon the outbreak of the war between US and Japan, Mutual Trading ceases all operations.
Mutual resumes business quickly after the end of the war, made possible only through the goodwill by the Sisters of Maryknoll Catholic Church nearby, who had safely sheltered Mutual's entire warehouse stock during the war.
Noritoshi Kanai teams up with Chuhei Ishii in Tokyo, forming an import-export business alliance and marking the birth of Tokyo Kyodo Boeki K. K.
Chuhei Ishii, relocates to Los Angeles as the second President of Mutual Trading.
Noritoshi Kanai immigrates to US with his family as General Manager of Mutual Trading to manage the business for the ailing Chuhei Ishii. Mutual Trading becomes the first company in the world to freeze Edamame, and the first to import them to America. Still with only seven Japanese restaurants in Little Tokyo, Mutual develops a Sushi bar business concept with Kawafuku and Eigiku Restaurants, the first in the US.
Richard Akira Inaba becomes the third President of Mutual Trading. Mutual marks a culinary breakthrough by debuting Kanto style Japanese cuisine with selection of Tonkatsu, Japanese curry, Gyoza, and Edomae Sushi.