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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 marks 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 celebrate our 60th anniversary, we have traced Recruit Group's history of value creation along three axes: business field expansion, digital transformation, and globalization.

March 1960Foundation. Started as an advertising agency specializing in job ads in university newspapers.

1962
Business field expansion

Invitation to Companies

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1968
Digital transformation

IBM 1130

Introduced the IBM 1130 Computing System, becoming the first company in Japan to use this groundbreaking computer.

1976
Business field expansion

Housing Information

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1984
Business field expansion

Car Sensor

Launched the magazine Car Sensor. It was born from a training program for new employees and focused on the used car market.

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1985
Digital transformation

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
Globalization

Recruit U.S.A.

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

1987
Digital transformation

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.

1993
Business field expansion

Zexy

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

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1995
Digital transformation

Mix Juice (now ISIZE)

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

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1996
Digital transformation

Launched today's Rikunabi and Rikunabi NEXT

Digitized our job information magazines and launched RB on the NET (Currently Rikunabi) and Digital B-ing (Currently Rikunabi Next).

2000
Digital transformation

Launched ISIZE TRAVEL(now Jalan.net)

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

2004
Globalization

Launched the bridal information magazine Zexy in China

Launched the bridal information magazine Zexy in China. This experience helped the Company shape M&A strategy for global expansion.

2007
Digital transformation

Hot Pepper Beauty

Hot Pepper Beauty
Launched Hot Pepper Beauty, an online beauty salon appointment reservation service.

2011
Business field expansion

Study Sapuri

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

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2011
Globalization

Staffmark

Advantage Resourcing

Acquired staffmark, Advantage Resourcing
Acquired Staffmark Group, LLC in October, Advantage Resourcing Europe B.V. in December and expanded our staffing business in the US and Europe.

2012
Digital transformation

SALON BOARD

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

2012
Globalization

Indeed

Acquired Indeed
Acquired Indeed, Inc. (founded in 2004), a job search engine based in the US. This marked our full entry into the HR technology business, which has since revolutionized the HR industry through disruptive digital innovation.

2013
Business field expansion

AirREGI

AirREGI

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2014Listed publicly on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

2015
Business field expansion

AirPAY

AirPAY

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2015
Digital transformation

Recruit Institute of Technology (now Megagon Labs)

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

2015
Globalization

Chandler Macleod Group Limited

Peoplebank Australia

Acquired the staffing companies Chandler Macleod and Peoplebank
Acquired the staffing companies Peoplebank Australia Ltd in January and Chandler Macleod Group Limited in April, companies with leading market positions and strong business fundamentals in the Australian market.

2016
Business field expansion

Recruit Finance Partners

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

2016
Digital transformation

Fintech Promotion Division

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

Digital transformation

Launched Indeed Hire

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

2016
Globalization

USG People

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

2018
Business field expansion

AirSHIFT

AirSHIFT
Launched AirSHIFT, a system for the management of shift work using a SaaS solution, thereby contributing to operational efficiency in the service industry where labor shortages are a major problem.

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2018
Globalization

Glassdoor

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
Digital transformation Globalization

Launched Indeed Assessments

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

2019
Business field expansion Digital transformation

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.

2020
Digital transformation Globalization

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
Digital transformation Globalization

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.

1962

Published Invitation to Companies which consolidated recruitment information for university students and established the two-sided marketplace business model.

1976

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

1980

Launched Travail, Japan's first career change magazine for women, published 5 years prior to Japan's legislative enactment of The Equal Employment Opportunity Law.

1984

Launched the magazine Car Sensor. It was born from a training program for new employees and focused on the used car market.

1985

Against the backdrop of the privatization of Japan's telecommunications industry, launched Information Network Service operations and Remote Computing Service operations.

1993

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

2000

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

2011

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

2013

Released AirREGI, a point of sale (POS) system for SMEs of various industries such as retailers and restaurants, using smartphones and tablets to enhance operational efficiency of their businesses.

2015

Expanded the functions of AirREGI and launched AirPAY, a payment system service that can handle various payment methods including credit cards, electronic money, and QR Codes1.
1 "QR Code" is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.

2018

Launched AirSHIFT, a system for the management of shift work using a SaaS solution, thereby contributing to operational efficiency in the service industry where labor shortages are a major problem.

1995

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