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Message from the President

From a Publishing Company to a multi-level Contents Creation Enterprise

Hiroaki Miyahara President, Representative Director Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd.

Gakken was established in 1946 based on the conviction of the late Hideto Furuoka, founder and educator. At the age of five, Hideto lost his father in the Chikuho coal mining accident. His mother raised him and his four brothers and sisters in extreme poverty. Her selfless love and family devotion inspired in Hideto a sincere appreciation and gratitude to society. Filled with these aspirations, Hideto fostered and established his educational publishing company. Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd. certainly carries his appreciations and aspirations to the present day.

Since its start, Gakken has always used “Education” as criteria for its various forms of publishing. With that central goal, Gakken has published both books and magazines in areas of entertainment, hobbies, practical utilities, and cultural interests. Gakken’s publishing materials mimic the ever-changing lifestyle needs of its readers. Not limited to only publishing, Gakken has been expanding its scope of business in developing the teaching materials and tools for preschools, kindergartens, and high schools. Gakken is further enhancing its teaching tools by creating unique environments called “Gakken Classrooms” which are both learning centers and places of preparatory schools development. These “Gakken Classrooms” utilize all the Gakken teaching tools and publications to the fullest capacity. As a continuation of its Educational goals, Gakken has launched and advanced into the business of elderly care and parenting support.

Gakken’s core commitments to all aspects of publication have led to its embrace of digitization. Gakken has long been a leader of print publication and is now proactively committed to leveraging this opportunity fully by digitizing the vast amount of contents it possesses and by challenging new ICT trends in education. Gakken is holding its strong status as “the company for education” and has already made a big step by transforming from a publishing company into a multi-level contents creation enterprise. Supported by its corporate spirit of the “Creative Challenge,” Gakken remains unchanged its following foundations:

To know
Focusing on the future and maintaining a broad view of opportunities acquired thorough an understanding of existing markets and customers.
To challenge
With a firm and swift conviction, always keeping sight of the higher goals.
To create
Creating new values which have free and innovative ideas.

We are living in a fiercely changing world inundated with a constant flow of information. Within this environment, Gakken always strives to be a company that cherishes creativity and upholds the richness of individual spirit by capturing the essence of the ever-growing tides of information. Gakken’s corporate mission is to foster the human spirit and encourage the consolidated strength which the future of Japan relies on. Gakken hereby pledges to realize a new growth starting with each of our employees and by holding a firm commitment to perform thoroughly its corporate goals and challenges.

Gakken sincerely appreciates your continued support and encouragement and would be honored if you would look forward towards the “Creation of new Gakken.”

Hiroaki Miyahara
President, Representative Director
Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd.