1957, Yashima founded Yashica, Inc., a subsidiary arm in
New York City to manage marketing efforts in the USA.
1957 also marked the introduction of a popular new TLR
camera series, the Yashica Mat line., as well as an 8mm
cine movie camera. During the next year and a half,
Yashima continued to grow, with 1,982 employees by 1958.
Later in 1958, Yashima changed its name to Yashica
Company, Ltd, when it acquired the Nicca Camera Company,
Ltd. The Nicca acquisition was fortuitous, as the
designs acquired assisted Yashica in expanding its
product line into advanced 35mm rangefinder cameras.