To appear as Most Admired, a company must have scored in the top half of its industry survey. The rest are listed as contenders.
Most Admired
Company City Overall score ▾
Nippon Steel Tokyo 6.84
Toyota Industries Kariya 6.49
Komatsu Tokyo 6.48
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Tokyo 6.18
Toyota Motor Toyota 6.04
Canon Tokyo 6.01
Sony Tokyo 5.98
KDDI Tokyo 5.89
Tokio Marine Holdings Tokyo 5.64
Bridgestone Tokyo 5.48
Panasonic Osaka 5.48
Toshiba Tokyo 5.37
Honda Motor Tokyo 5.10
Nippon Express Tokyo 4.99
Denso Kariya 4.94
Company City Overall score
Japan Tobacco Tokyo 6.53
JFE Holdings Tokyo 6.43
Kobe Steel Kobe 6.38
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Tokyo 6.21
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Kobe 6.12
Kao Tokyo 5.82
Softbank Tokyo 5.69
Fujitsu Tokyo 5.41
All Nippon Airways Tokyo 5.37
Nippon Life Insurance Osaka 5.29
JX Holdings Tokyo 5.13
Ricoh Tokyo 5.13
Sharp Osaka 5.10
Shimizu Tokyo 5.07
Nissan Motor Yokohama 5.06
Kajima Tokyo 5.01
MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Tokyo 4.92
NEC Tokyo 4.90
Japan Post Holdings Tokyo 4.85
Ajinomoto Tokyo 4.84
Hitachi Tokyo 4.76
Mitsubishi Electric Tokyo 4.72
Mitsubishi Chemical Tokyo 4.69
Asahi Kasei Tokyo 4.68
Asahi Breweries (Asahi Group Holdings) Tokyo 4.63
Sumitomo Electric Industries Osaka 4.60
Mizuho Financial Group Tokyo 4.59
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Tokyo 4.55
Kirin Holdings Tokyo 4.53
Sumitomo Chemical Tokyo 4.49
Aisin Seiki Kariya 3.84
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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Where are the Most Admired?
Heat Map
The Most Admired companies in America are spread out across the country, but a few states dominate.
Winning streaks
Most Admired Industry Stars
These 20 Most Admired companies have landed among the top in their industries for multiple years.
Top 10 countries
USA 251
Germany 21
Japan 15
France 13
UK 11
Switzerland 7
Sweden 4
Netherlands 4
South Korea 3
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1. Apple 1,188
2. Teradata 651
3. Tupperware Brands 564
4. FedEx 391
5. IBM 304
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