Skip to main content Skip to footer

About Optimus Group


In 1989, Nobuya Yamanaka, founder of the original Nichibo Japan Trading Company Limited, started exporting used vehicles. What he started with Nichibo in the city of Ise, Japan, has grown into an international suite of businesses collectively known as the Optimus Group (founded in 2015) with headquarters in Tokyo.

In 2017, the Group listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange to enable the expansion of the investment portfolio and movement into new geographies. We have since focused on increasing our presence throughout the supply chain, with end-to-end automotive solutions which has provided our group with the ability to leverage vertical integration.

Today, Optimus Group is a global business that has investments in over 20 specialised businesses across 6 key business areas of the automotive industry:

  • Trading
  • Inspection Services
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Financing
  • Technology & Digital
  • Retailing

Message from the President

Firstly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support of our group.

Since Optimus Group made a full-scale entry into the export of Japanese used cars in 1989, we’ve expanded our business both in Japan and internationally, while incorporating various related services including inspection and logistics. 

Our group mission is to provide better driving experiences to as many people as possible. As our name implies, to be ’the best’ is what drives us. That means there can be no limits to the products and services we offer, and no limits to the countries and regions where we work. 

Every member of the Optimus Group team are committed to creating innovative products and services through our Optimus value chain. Key to future successes will be building and strengthening trusting relationships with our stakeholders.

I would like to finish by thanking our shareholders in advance for your ongoing understanding and support.

Our name

‘Optimus’ is a Latin word that means best or optimal.

That thirst to deliver the very best experience for our customers is what defines our business. It has led us to create a value chain where what can be a complex series of processes transforms into a streamlined, problem-free experience every step of the way.

Our logo

Our logo encapsulates both our beginnings and our aspirations – where we’ve come from, and where we’re heading. Inside the O is Mt. Fuji, symbol of Japan. The circle surrounding it represents our ambition – to take our Optimus Group offering to the world.

Our vision

To provide fun and safe transportation with the best service for each individual

To pioneer future business through the creation of new innovative services and values

To live in harmony with all Stakeholders and our environment; as a citizen of the world, we will contribute to the development of a global society.