A global Japanese conglomerate that can trace its origins to the 1950s, when Zenzo Tokugawa founded Tokugawa Industries, a small local factory. It manufactured products such as lathe machine parts, but Zenzo's foresight helped usher in large waves of growth and eventually turned Tokugawa Industries into Tokugawa Heavy Industries, which later became a leader in the Japanese shipbuilding and iron and steel industries.
Tadashi Tokugawa took over the company in the 1980s, expanding it into the field of semiconductors, with offshoot Tokugawa Electronics soon becoming the top electronics company not only in Japan, but overseas as well. In the 1990s, its revolutionary biomaterials development and the business rockets and satellites it built with technology purchased from Russia meant that Tokugawa was advancing into space ahead of everyone else, setting the benchmark for all future operations in the Space Age. It also actively participated in the "free flyer" experiments from their beginning, these experiments being the forerunner to the Made in Space industry, now the key to surviving as a business in outer space.
Tokugawa then bought up a slew of foreign companies at the start of the 21st century, transforming itself from a Japanese zaibatsu derivative into a global conglomerate. The Third Industrial Revolution that came with the birth of the Space Age also gave Tokugawa its biggest earnings since the company's inception.
Joseph Sadaoki Tokugawa, the company's present head, quit BCP in 2020 with the retirement of Tadashi, becoming the new young leader of this empire. He used his personal history as a Policenaut to completely revamp the company's image and eliminate the Tokugawa bashing that had previously existed.
The conglomerate then moved into new areas that were to become central to space development, such as rockets, spaceships, space stations, satellites, as well as the sensor and computer equipment these require. It also applied the high-tech architectural engineering know-how it acquired at places like the Tokyo Waterfront and the Zeo Front to space base and space station construction, helping to set up space's infrastructure. In addition, these activities sparked the arrival of the next generation of the construction industry, which had been in a state of stagnation at the time, opening up the industry's advancement into space. Furthermore, Tokugawa also established the first civilian base on the Moon.
Having devoted a significant portion of its assets to space development, Tokugawa then proceeded into full-scale Made in Space product development, manufacturing products in microgravity and high vacuum environments, thereby helping the company to achieve a dominant position in outer space. It currently offers its support to many facets of space development, not all of them strictly for profit.
The Tokugawa Group today is divided into a total of 138 companies. Tokugawa Heavy Industries remains its primary focus, with some of its larger arms being Tokugawa Electronics, Tokugawa Construction, Tokugawa Pharmaceuticals, Tokugawa Foods, and Tokugawa Mining. The conglomerate's logo, the mitsuba aoi, or three hollyhocks, is regarded throughout space as a symbol of absolute power.