Our Value Creation - Evolving with the Times

Recruit Group was launched in 1960 in a small prefabricated rooftop unit in Tokyo. The Group's first product was a job-hunting magazine for university students called "Invitations to Companies," and its goal was to create an open job market for new graduates by widely disclosing recruitment information. 2020 marked the 60th anniversary of Recruit Group's founding. In those 60 years, we've brought individuals and companies together through a variety of services and solutions that span across the world.

Recruit Group is known for reaching beyond the boundaries of our business and industry in search of ways to solve problems in the world through optimal matching. As society continues to change, Recruit Group's mission remains the same: to create "Opportunities for Life" by prioritizing social value, delivering information to those who need it with speed and convenience, and providing opportunities for everyone to discover the best choices for themselves. We strive to create value by nurturing the potential of each individual and betting on the will and passion of curious minds to correct disadvantages in the world.

Today, in the face of unprecedented change, our mission is more relevant than ever and our services and solutions are constantly evolving to become faster, simpler, and more accessible. As we celebrated our 60th anniversary, we have traced Recruit Group's history of value creation along three axes: business field expansion, digital transformation, and globalization.

Business field expansion

We first established ourselves in the field of university newspaper advertising, before developing our two-sided marketplace business model in 1962, which continues to guide us today. Since then, we have widened our range of HR businesses, while also expanding into the life events field, including housing, automobiles, bridal, and the lifestyle field including travel, dining, and beauty. Recently, we have introduced software as a service ("SaaS") business tools to support operations within small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs"), such as retailers and restaurants.

Digital transformation

The Company began using computers at a time when their use was still limited, putting digitization into practice for increased efficiency. Following the introduction of a supercomputer in the 1980s, we transitioned from paper magazines to online media in the 1990s, and then to mobile platforms. Not only did this allow for faster and more convenient delivery of information, but it also transformed how individual users and business clients interact, through the development of groundbreaking tools such as online reservation systems. Today we continue the evolution of digital solutions through the development of SaaS solutions.


In the 2000s, the Company entered the global market with a bridal business in China. Although this ended with a withdrawal, this experience helped us to shape our mergers and acquisitions ("M&A") strategy, and we later succeeded in expanding our staffing businesses to the US, Europe, Australia and beyond. Further, the acquisitions of Indeed, Inc. in 2012 and Glassdoor, Inc. in 2018 have led to the successful establishment of our HR Technology SBU, spearheading the growth of the Company as a whole and bringing the number of countries we serve to over 60.

  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
  • 2000s
  • 2010s
  • 2020s
  • 1960s

    • 1960

      Recruit Group was launched in 1960 in a small prefabricated rooftop unit in Tokyo.

    • 1962

      Published Invitation to Companies

      Published Invitation to Companies which consolidated recruitment information for university students and established the "Ribbon Model".

      ribbon model
    • 1968

      Introduced the IBM 1130 Computing System

      becoming the first company in Japan to use this groundbreaking computer.

  • 1970s

    • 1971

      Established Recruit Computer Print

      A company specializing in digitized pre-production processes focused on adopting leading edge publishing technologies.

    • 1976

      Launched operations in the housing information industry

      Launched operations in the housing information industry in response to the recession precipitated by the oil crisis, and achieved rapid growth.

      the housing information industry
  • 1980s

    • 1980

      Launched "Travail," Japan's first career change magazine for women

      "Travail," published 5 years prior to Japan's legislative enactment of The Equal Employment Opportunity Law.

      Travail logo
      Travail image
    • 1984

      Launched the magazine Car Sensor

      Launched the magazine Car Sensor, a business born from a training program for new employees, focused on the used car market.

      Car Sensor
    • 1985

      Launched Information Network Service

      Against the backdrop of the privatization of Japan's telecommunication industry, launched Information Network Service operations and Remote Computing Service operations. Hired many engineers.

    • 1985

      Established Recruit U.S.A.

      Established Recruit U.S.A. to support Japanese companies with local hiring in the US.

    • 1987

      Established Supercomputer Research Institute

      Established Supercomputer Research Institute, aimed at developing insights into how to meet the challenges and opportunities of the approaching era of a datadriven society.

  • 1990s

    • 1990

      Launched Jalan

      Launched Jalan, an innovative travel magazine.

    • 1993

      Launched Zexy

      Launched Zexy, a bridal information magazine born from our new business proposal system, "Ring."

      Zexy logo
      Zexy image
    • 1995

      Launched Mix Juice (now ISIZE)

      Launched Mix Juice (now ISIZE) marking the start of our online media business.

      Mix Juice
    • 1996

      Launched today's Rikunabi and Rikunabi NEXT

      Digitized our job information magazines. Launched today's Rikunabi and Rikunabi NEXT.

  • 2000s

    • 2000

      Launched Hot Pepper (now Hot Pepper Gourmet)

      While the Company expanded its businesses in the field of life events such as housing and bridal, it launched lifestyle information magazine Hot Pepper (now Hot Pepper Gourmet) which contains dining guides and coupons.

      Hot Pepper logo
      Hot Pepper image
    • 2000

      Launched ISIZE TRAVEL(now Jalan.net)

      Launched ISIZE TRAVEL(now Jalan.net) a platform for making accommodation reservations online.

    • 2004

      Launched the bridal information magazine Zexy in China

      Launched the bridal information magazine Zexy in China. Its failure a few years later helped shape a new M&A-focused strategy for global expansion.

    • 2007

      Launched Hot Pepper Beauty

      Launched Hot Pepper Beauty, an online reservation service.

      Hot Pepper Beauty
  • 2010s

    • 2010

      Acquired US-based staffing company, The CSI Companies

      Acquired US-based staffing company, The CSI Companies, and implemented our Unit Management System. From this acquisition, we started the global expansion through M&As.

      The CSI Companies
    • 2011

      Launched Juken Sapuri (now Study Sapuri)

      Launched Juken Sapuri (now Study Sapuri), an online learning service for college entrance exams, then expanded into languages and other fields, successfully growing into as affordable high-quality online learning platform.

      staff mark
      Advantage Resourcing
    • 2011

      Acquired Staffmark, Advantage Resourcing

      Acquired Staffmark Group, Advantage Resourcing Europe, expanding our business field in the US and Europe.

      Study Sapuri logo
      Study Sapuri image
    • 2012

      Developed SALON BOARD

      Developed SALON BOARD, a cloud-based online reservation management system that improves operational efficiency at beauty salons through digitization such as replacing paper-based reservation books.

    • 2012

      Acquired Indeed

      Acquired Indeed (founded in 2004), which ran a job search engine in the US. This marked our full entry into the HR Technology business, which has revolutionized the HR industry with the use of disruptive digital innovations.

    • 2013

      Launched AirREGI

      Launched a SaaS-based POS cash register app for iPads and iPhones for use in dinings, retail, and service industries. It reduces the workload of small and medium enterprises and helps them create the store they envision.

    • 2014

      Listed publicly on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

    • 2015

      Launched AirPAY

      Launched a payment solution for small and medium enterprises and expanded our business support services. The payment service now works with various payment methods such as credit cards, e-money, QR codes*, and point systems.

      * "QR Code"is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.

    • 2015

      Established Recruit Institute of Technology (now Megagon Labs)

      Established Recruit Institute of Technology (now Megagon Labs) to work with external organizations on research and development of AI, machine learning, sensors, and other new technologies.

    • 2015

      Acquired the staffing companies Chandler Macleod and Peoplebank

      Acquired the staffing companies Chandler Macleod and Peoplebank in Australia, companies with leading market positions and strong business fundamentals in this market.

      Chandler Macleod
      people bank
    • 2016

      Established Recruit Finance Partners

      Established Recruit Finance Partners. Reinforced our expansion into the management support domain by providing loans to SMEs.

    • 2016

      Established a Fintech Promotion Division

      Established a Fintech Promotion Division and launched digital innovation efforts in the financial industry.

    • 2016

      Launched Indeed Hire

      An innovative service that goes beyond the existing advertisement business in the financial industry.

    • 2016

      Acquired USG People (now RGF Staffing)

      Acquired USG People (now RGF Staffing), a leading European staffing company with a presence in the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Belgium among other countries, marking our full entry into Europe.

      usg people
    • 2018

      Launched AirSHIFT

      Launched AirSHIFT, a SaaS-based tool for managing work shifts. It is widely used in various industries and is especially useful in industries experiencing labor shortages such as dining, retail, and other service industries.

    • 2018

      Acquired Glassdoor

      Acquired Glassdoor, a leading online job and company information site founded in 2007. Glassdoor has developed a database of information and reviews posted by users, bringing transparency to the job seeking process and strengthening our HR Technology business.

    • 2018

      Launched Indeed Assessments

      Launched Indeed Assessments. Continued to introduce new services that improve efficiency in the recruiting and hiring process.

    • 2019

      Launched Air BusinessTools

      Aggregated our business and management support services for small and medium enterprises, including AirREGI and AirPAY. Accelerated the expansion of our SaaS solutions using the cloud. Strengthened the development of new solutions for improving operational efficiency in stores.

  • 2020s

    • 2020

      Indeed Interview

      Launched Indeed Interview, a video interviewing platform designed specifically for interviewing and hiring, which was created to allow employers to quickly adapt to virtual hiring needs during the pandemic so job seekers could interview safely from the convenience of their homes.

    • 2021

      Indeed Hiring Platform

      Launched Indeed Hiring Platform, a new solution that allows employers to manage the hiring process - from posting through interview - directly on Indeed, with no additional software. Job seekers who meet an employers' objective job criteria can automatically advance to an interview.