Kao Corp. engages in the manufacture and sale of consumer and chemical products. It operates through the following segments: Beauty Care, Human Health Care, Fabric and Home Care, and Chemicals. The Beauty Care segment includes cosmetics, skin care, and hair care products. The Human Health Care segment offers food, beverage, sanitary, and personal health products. The Fabric and Home Care segment manufactures and sells fabric care and home care products. The Chemical segment consists of oleo, performance and specialty chemicals. The company was founded by Tomiro Nagase on June 19, 1887 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.