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History

1955 Founded as Fukutake Publishing Co., Ltd. in Minamigata, Okayama-shi.
Starts publication of educational materials and student pocketbooks for junior high school students.
1962 Launches Kansai Simulated Exams for senior high schools students.
1969 Creates Correspondence Education Seminar for senior high school students.
1972 Launches Correspondence Education Seminar Junior for junior high school students.
1980 Announces "enculturation, computerization, and globalization"as corporate identity (CI) at first CI review.
Creates Shinkenzemi Elementary School Courses.
1988 Creates Shinkenzemi Preschool Courses (later renamed Kodomo Challenge).
Establishes Taipei Office.
1990 Announces "Benesse" as corporate philosophy and brand at second CI review.
1993 Berlitz International, Inc., world's largest language services company, becomes subsidiary.
Launches magazines Tamago Club and Hiyoko Club.
1994 Tokyo Office (now Tokyo Head Office) relocated to Tama-shi, Tokyo.
1995 Company renamed Benesse Corporation.
Listed on Second Section of Osaka Securities Exchange (OSE) and on Hiroshima Stock Exchange.
1996 Launches magazines THANK YOU! and Tamahiyo Kokko Club.
1997 Benesse stock listing moved to First Section of OSE.
1998 Acquires business rights to Simul International, Inc.
2000 Listed on First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Establishes Benesse Care Corporation, provider of nursing care services.
Acquires business rights to Shinkoukai Co., Ltd., provider of residential-care services for seniors.
2001 Berlitz International, Inc. becomes wholly owned subsidiary.
2003 Consolidates its three nursing care-related companies to form Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd.
Establishes Benesse Hong Kong Co., Ltd.
2004 Establishes Benesse Korea Co., Ltd.
2006 Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd. becomes wholly owned subsidiary.
2007 Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, Inc. becomes subsidiary.
Establishes Benesse Corporation China.
2009 Establishes Tokyo Educational Institute Co., Ltd.
Benesse Group changes over to holding company system.(Renamed Benesse Holdings, Inc. upon inauguration as holding company for Benesse Group, and new Benesse Corporation established via corporate spin-off.)