Canon Inc was incorporated under the laws of Japan on August 10, 1937. The Company is a manufacturer of office multifunction devices (MFD), plain paper copying machines, laser multifunction printers, inkjet printers, cameras and lithography equipment. It operates in three business segments: Office Business, Imaging System Business, and Industry and Other Business. The Office Business Unit the company manufactures, markets and services a full range of MFDs, printers, copying machines for personal and office use and production print products for print professionals. In Imaging System Business Unit the company manufactures and markets digital cameras and digital video camcorders, as well as lenses and various related accessories. In Industry and Others Business Unit segment the company has introduced a network software product Ophthalmic Software Platform RX which enables comparison and superposition of images from Canon retinal cameras and Optical Coherence Tomography. The Company sells its products mainly through subsidiaries organized under regional marketing subsidiaries. In Japan and overseas, product service is provided in part by independent retail outlets and designated service centers that receive technical training assistance from the Company. It competes with some of the others multinational corporations to smaller, specialized companies. The Company is subject to laws, regulations and industry standards relating to energy and resource conservation, recycling, global warming, pollution prevention, pollution remediation and environmental health and safety.
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