Tokai Bank's official naming document (1941)
The opening of Tokai Bank (1941)
Based in Nagoya, Tokai Bank was formed by the merger of three local banks in 1941 about six months before Japan entered the Second World War.
During the post-World War Two reorganization of the Japanese banking industry, Tokai remained largely intact, and in 1947 it was awarded a foreign exchange license. Tokai made major contributions, predominantly in the textile industry, to the postwar revitalization of the Chukyo region, where Nagoya is located. It also supported the rebuilding efforts following the Ise Bay Typhoon of 1959 (also known as Super Typhoon Vera), one of the strongest typhoons to hit Japan in recorded history .