Visual History Of The Nikkei-225 (NKY)

Published on by on April 23, 2013 | Updated August 26, 2013

The Nikkei-225 is not only one of the most popular benchmarks for Japanese equities, but it is among the most popular in the world. Though the index is far off from its heyday in the 1980s due to crippling recessions in the nation, it still holds a fair amount of the weight. The index is recalculated every 15 seconds during live trading sessions unlike many other popular indexes. The benchmark, which debuted in 1950, has been funneled into the popular MAXIS Nikkei 225 Index ETF (NKY, B-) issued by Precidian.

The fund joins the likes of several other popular exchange traded products that offer exposure to Japanese equities like iShares‘ (EWJ, A) and WisdomTree‘s (DXJ, A-). But perhaps what is most interesting about this index is the way that it has transformed through the years, as the economy struggled to maintain course during turbulent economic times.

Below, we offer a visual history of the Nikkei-225 index. Simply click a year to see which components dominated the index during that time. All market caps in millions of yen.

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2000
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥18,864,719
Toyota Motor Corp
¥13,665,579
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥13,278,768
Sony Corp
¥7,145,713
Mizuho Financial Strategy Co Ltd
¥6,517,747
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
¥6,011,481
Panasonic Corp
¥5,677,202
Seven-Eleven Japan Co Ltd
¥5,413,778
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd
¥5,315,993
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥4,151,005

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2001
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥15,455,440
Toyota Motor Corp
¥12,117,992
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥6,889,470
Sony Corp
¥5,508,941
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
¥5,273,383
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥5,096,185
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥5,047,628
Seven-Eleven Japan Co Ltd
¥3,981,214
Canon Inc
¥3,951,834
Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc
¥3,774,502

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2002
Toyota Motor Corp
¥11,515,892
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥10,989,420
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥6,954,009
Sony Corp
¥4,574,894
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
¥4,410,789
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥4,277,678
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
¥4,182,936
Canon Inc
¥3,920,850
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥3,703,891
Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc
¥3,050,718

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2003
Toyota Motor Corp
¥13,068,193
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥12,193,740
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥8,284,533
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
¥5,533,355
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥5,386,909
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥4,638,210
Canon Inc
¥4,397,753
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
¥3,782,496
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
¥3,779,406
Panasonic Corp
¥3,635,425

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2004
Toyota Motor Corp
¥15,053,692
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥9,484,020
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥7,240,956
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥6,807,167
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
¥6,161,541
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
¥5,036,077
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥4,988,289
Canon Inc
¥4,910,510
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥4,646,231
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
¥4,588,644

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2005
Toyota Motor Corp
¥22,093,184
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥16,016,617
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
¥11,235,739
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥9,129,340
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥8,766,000
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥8,437,289
Seven & I Holdings Co Ltd
¥6,799,235
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥6,248,227
Canon Inc
¥6,131,971
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
¥5,673,555

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2006
Toyota Motor Corp
¥28,735,579
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥15,819,802
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
¥10,091,366
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥9,435,057
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥9,224,349
Canon Inc
¥8,934,020
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥8,800,280
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥8,623,694
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
¥7,265,352
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
¥6,478,185

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2007
Toyota Motor Corp
¥21,804,385
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥11,372,141
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥8,799,336
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥8,533,680
Canon Inc
¥6,934,908
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥6,880,606
Japan Tobacco Inc
¥6,680,000
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥6,473,067
Sony Corp
¥6,224,336
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
¥6,085,600

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2008
Toyota Motor Corp
¥9,844,033
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥7,915,068
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥7,366,886
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥6,351,095
Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc
¥4,058,602
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
¥3,782,307
Canon Inc
¥3,694,517
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥3,497,183
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥2,966,942
Japan Tobacco Inc
¥2,950,000

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2009
Toyota Motor Corp
¥13,378,230
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥6,395,084
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥5,745,542
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥5,706,317
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥5,695,920
Canon Inc
¥5,215,015
Mitsubishi Corp
¥3,909,885
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
¥3,661,779
Panasonic Corp
¥3,250,296
Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc
¥3,158,946

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2010
Toyota Motor Corp
¥11,102,552
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥6,212,186
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥6,209,422
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥5,823,742
Canon Inc
¥5,615,144
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥5,323,822
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥4,089,449
Mitsubishi Corp
¥3,729,764
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
¥3,494,513
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
¥3,298,428

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2011
Toyota Motor Corp
¥8,844,114
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥6,176,475
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥5,206,781
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥4,628,532
Canon Inc
¥4,548,133
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥4,253,234
Japan Tobacco Inc
¥3,620,000
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
¥3,128,335
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥3,031,735
FANUC Corp
¥2,821,408

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2012
Toyota Motor Corp
¥13,809,230
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥6,527,108
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥5,696,942
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥5,412,600
Japan Tobacco Inc
¥4,880,000
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥4,803,206
Canon Inc
¥4,454,770
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥4,404,784
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
¥3,830,993
FANUC Corp
¥3,812,973

Top 10 Nikkei Components For 2013
Toyota Motor Corp
¥21,570,672
Softbank Corp
¥10,252,438
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
¥9,532,210
Honda Motor Co Ltd
¥7,417,799
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
¥7,447,830
NTT DOCOMO Inc
¥7,555,815
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp
¥6,574,656
Japan Tobacco Inc
¥6,454,000
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
¥5,737,455
KDDI Corp
¥5,575,525