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Takemoto (竹本) is a fairly common Japanese family name, appearing in the name of various companies.

Takemoto (wartime)

A Takemoto company is mentioned in the 1943 Japanese government inquiry as the maker of the Weha 75/4.5 three-element lens mounted on the Weha Six in 1943.[1]

Takemoto Shōkai (postwar)

K.K. Takemoto Shōkai (竹本商会) was a distributor in the first half of the 1950s, based in Minami-Inari, Tokyo.[2] It was an authorized dealer (特約店) of the Tanack 35 in 1954.[3] Its name is also mentioned about the Wagen Six, announced in 1953–4, of which it was certainly the main distributor.[4]


  1. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens items Lc22.
  2. The address in 1954 was Tōkyō-to Taitō-ku Minami-Inari-chō (東京都台東区南稲荷町). Source: advertisement dated March 1954 reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.145.
  3. Advertisement dated March 1954 reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.145.
  4. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.375, item 1055.