Group History

Before 2000

1946 Apr. The late Hideto Furuoka found Gakusyu Kenkyusha with the conviction that education is the key to Japan's postwar reconstruction
1947 Mar. Gakusyu Kenkyusha is reorganized and incorporated as Gakken Co., Ltd.
1947 Sep. Direct distribution began; direct-to-school sales system initiated
1962 Apr. New Gakken company headquarters was built at Kami-ikedai, Ota-ku, Tokyo
1964 Dec. Gakken 2nd building was built at Naka-ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
1966 Nov. Rippu Shobo Publishing Co., Ltd. was established to handle publishing business
1971 Jul. Bookshop sales promotion team (Selector System) was established
1972 Oct. Shift to direct in home sales system using educational companions
1975 Sep. Shujunsha Co., Ltd. (now Gakken Medical Shujunsha Co., Ltd.) was established to publish medical materials
1979 May. Gakken educational magazines‘; Gakusyu (Learning)' and‘ Kagaku (Science)' circulation reached 6.7 million copies
1982 Aug. Gakken Co., Ltd. was listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange with capital of 2.0 billion yen
1984 Feb. Gakken Co., Ltd. was listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange with capital of 5.6 billion yen
1985 Feb. Gakken Medicom Co., Ltd. (now Gakken E-Mirai Co., Ltd.) was established to handle online information services
1986 May. Gakken 3rd building was built in Nishi-gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
1987 Mar. Trading company Gakken (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. was established
1988 May. PlatzArtist Co., Ltd. was established to create audio products and manage copyrights
1992 Oct. Gakken Logistics Co., Ltd. was established to handle logistics systems
1994 Apr. Gakken Toy Hobby Co., Ltd. (now Gakken Sta:Ful Co., Ltd.) was established to produce and sell stationery

2000’s

2004 Jul. Gakken Cocofump Co.,Ltd. (now Gakken Cocofump Holdings Co., Ltd.) was established to handle nursing care
2004 Jul. Acquisition of Rippu Shobo Publishing Co., Ltd.
2005 Feb. Gakken R&C Co., Ltd. (now GAKKEN DATA SERVICE Co., Ltd.) was established to handle third-party evaluations
2005 Nov. Gakken Method Co., Ltd. was established as a cram school management company
2006 Nov. Gakken Area Market Co., Ltd. was established to handle the sales of picture books and preschool products for kindergartens and nursery schools
2006 Dec. The cram school management company Tohoku Best Study Co., Ltd. (now Gakken Study et Co., Ltd.) became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2007 Mar. Turtle Study Staff Co., Ltd. (now Gakken L Staffing Co., Ltd.) , a major player in the private tutor business became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2007 Dec. The cram school management company Hotline Co., Ltd. (now Gakken AIZ Co., Ltd.) became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2008 Feb. The cram school management company Shubunsha Co., Ltd. (now Gakken Study et Co., Ltd.) and WASEDA SINGAPORE PTE.LTD. became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2008 May. Gakken Cocofump Co.,Ltd., Gakken Cocofump Nursery Co.,Ltd. and Gakken Cocofump Staff Co.,Ltd. were established
2008 Aug. All Gakken offices were moved to Nishi-gotanda Shinagawa-ku in Tokyo to consolidate all businesses
2008 Sep. JV publishing Company Beijing Zhongqing Gakken Jiaoyu Keji Fazhan Co., Ltd. was established in China
2009 Jan. The cram school management company Waseda School Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2009 Jan. The cram school management company Sozogakuen Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2009 Jan. Nursery and school business company Gakken E-mirai Co., Ltd. was established
2009 Feb. Gakken inherited business from Aim Co., Ltd. and established new company called Fukushima best study Co., Ltd.
2009 Oct. Gakken Co., Ltd. became a holding company and changed name to Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd. Then, Gakken Educational Co., Ltd. , Gakken
Publishing Co., Ltd. , Gakken Education Publishing Co., Ltd. , Gakken Marketing Co., Ltd. , Gakken Shuppan Service Co., Ltd. and Gakken
Products Support Co., Ltd. were established through incorporation-type company split. In the same time, Gakken E-mirai Co., Ltd., Gakken Next Co., Ltd. and Gakken Medical Shujunsha Co., Ltd. became successor companies in absorption-type company split

2010's

2010 Apr. Intermediate holding company Gakken Jyuku Holdings Co., Ltd. was established
2010 Jul. Intermediate holding company Gakken Shuppan Holdings Co., Ltd. was established
2010 Oct. Gakken R&C Co., Ltd. acquired Gakken Data Service Co., Ltd. and changed name to Gakken Data Service Co., Ltd.
2011 Apr. Gakken Nursing Support Co., Ltd. was established to distribute medical and nursing care contents
2012 Jun. Gakken SmileHeart Co., Ltd. was established to promote employment of persons with disabilities
2012 Sep. Advertising company Shanghai Gakken Advertising Co., Ltd. was established in China
2012 Sep. You-Me-Care Co., Ltd., a company which operates elderly care facilities, became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2012 Oct. Fukuoka Yoikono Gakushusha Co., Ltd., a company which sells learning materials, became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2013 Jan. ING Co. , Ltd., a cram school management company, became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2013 May. Gakken Jyuku Holdings Co., Ltd., made joint venture with ICHISHIN HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. and established GI Village Co., Ltd. to manage children’s day care center.
2013 Jun. Gakken representative offices were established in Singapore and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
2013 Aug. The cram school management company ZENKYOKEN Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2013 Oct. Digital publishing business company BOOK BEYOND Co., Ltd. was established
2014 Oct. Facility design and development company SPA Co., Ltd.(now SYSCARE Co., Ltd.) became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2014 Oct. ICT education business company Gakken Educational ICT Co., Ltd. was established
2014 Oct. Gakken Nursing Support Co., Ltd. changed name to Gakken Medical Support Co., Ltd.
2015 Mar. Study-aid books publishing and selling company BUNRI Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A
2015 May. SYSCARE Co., Ltd. acquired SPA Co., Ltd.
2015 Jul. Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd. made joint venture with A.C.E Group of Companies, a Myanmar IT business group, and established Gakken Ace Education Co., Ltd., a classroom business company in Myanmar
2015 Jul. Gakken Medical Shujunsha Co., Ltd. made joint venture with PT.EDUHEALTH TEKNOLOGI INDONESIA and established PT.GAKKEN HEALTH AND EDUCATION INDONESIA, a company for medical promotion business in Indonesia
2015 Oct. Gakken Marketing Co., Ltd. merged with Gakken Education Publishing Co., Ltd. and Gakken Publishing Co., Ltd. then changed name to Gakken Plus Co., Ltd.
2015 Oct. Gakken Medicom Co., Ltd. merged with Gakken Next Co., Ltd. , inherited educational development business from Gakken E-mirai Co., Ltd. and Gakken Education Publishing Co., Ltd., then changed name to Gakken Associe Co., Ltd.
2015 Oct. A business incubator company, Gakken Innovation Co., Ltd. was established
2015 Oct. Gakken Asia Pacific Pte.Ltd. was established as headquarters in Singapore, in order to integrate Gakken’s businesses in Asia.
2015 Oct. Gakken Cocofump Co.,Ltd. acquired You-Me-Care Co., Ltd.
2015 Oct. Gakken Cocofump Holdings Co., Ltd. made joint venture with Human Life Management Co., Ltd., and established Gakken Cocofump Nursing Co., Ltd. , a home-visit nursing business company
2015 Oct. Turtle Study Staff Co., Ltd. changed name to Gakken L Staffing Co., Ltd.
2015 Dec. Gakken Education Malaysia Sdn.Bhd., a company for classroom business in Malaysia was established
2016 Feb. Shubunsha Co. , Ltd. changed name to Gakken Study et Co., Ltd.
2016 Apr. Gakken Study et Co., Ltd. acquired Tohoku Best Study Co., Ltd.
2016 Jun. Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd. made joint venture with Nanmee Group, and established Gakken Nanmeebooks Education Co., Ltd., a classroom business company in Thailand
2016 Oct. Gakken Study et Co., Ltd. established SIGN -1 Co., Ltd., a learning center business company in Saitama prefecture
2016 Nov. College preparatory school management company Koshinsha Co., Ltd. and Koto Shingakujuku became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A.
2016 Nov. Gakken Plus Co., Ltd. invested in the online English business company Glats. Co., Ltd.
2017 Feb. TOKYO GLOBAL GATEWAY Co., Ltd., a company for planning, developing and managing education center for nurturing global human resources was established
2017 May. Gakken acquired additional shares of Ichishin Holdings. Ichishin Holdings becomes an affiliate accounted for the equity method.
2017 Oct. Gakken Plus co.,Ltd. merged with BOOK BEYOND Co., Ltd. and Gakken Educational ICT Co., Ltd.
2017 Nov. Cram school management company, Bunri Gakuin Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A.
2017 Nov. Beacon Co., Ltd. established for planning and producing various assessments
2017 Nov. JTEX Management Center Co., Ltd. , a company for dispatching instructors to client companies, became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A.
2018 Sep. Elderly care service company, Medical Care Service Co., Ltd., became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A.
2018 Oct. Gakken E-Mirai Co., Ltd. merged with Gakken Innovation Co., Ltd. and transferred the recruitment support operations from Gakken Associe Co., Ltd.
2018 Oct. Koto Shingakujuku Co., Ltd. acquired Koshin Co., Ltd.
2018 Dec. Hisho Bunkyo Co., Ltd.,a learning center in Taiwan became a subsidiary of Gakken Study et by M&A.
2019 Jan. Gakken Plus Co., Ltd. acquired Gakken Shuppan Holdings Co., Ltd.
2019 Apr. Gakken Study et Vietnam Co., Ltd., established in Vietnam by Gakken Study et Co., Ltd. for Japanese students living in Vietnam.
2019 Sep. IC Net Co., Ltd, a company implements official development assistance projects became a subsidiary of Gakken by M&A.
2019 Oct. Gakken E-Mirai Co., Ltd. acquired Gakken Associe Co., Ltd.

2020's

2020 Oct. Gakken Area Market Co., Ltd. acquired Fukuoka Yoikono Gakushusha Co., Ltd.