Our History

Z-kai Group's Advancement

1931-1999

1931
  • “Jitsuryoku-Zoshin-kai” established at Kashiwagi Yodobashi-cho, Toyotama-gun, Tokyo. Commenced educational services, mainly distance correspondence education. The founder, Yutaka Fujii, was a former English teacher born in 1898 in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Pref.
1945
  • Evacuated from Tokyo to escape the air raids, and settled in Nakaizu-cho, Tagata-gun, Shizuoka Pref.
1952
  • Changed company name to “Zoshin-kai”, with the abbreviation “Z-kai”; resumed services.
1979
  • Relocated to a newly-constructed headquarters building in Nagaizumi-cho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka Pref.
  • Introduced computers to begin streamlining and to improve efficiency.
1981
  • Started distribution of textbooks at designated bookstores.
1982
  • Launched distance correspondence courses for students studying for high school entrance examinations.
1985
  • Converted to a joint-stock corporation.
  • Opened a cram school, “Shingaku Z-kai”, in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
1986
  • Launched model entrance examination service for junior high school students.
  • Opened offices in Tokyo and Osaka.
1991
  • Launched preparatory course for the entrance examination to the University of Tokyo.
1992
  • Constructed Tokyo Building in Ebisu, Tokyo.
  • Published the first edition of “Sokudoku-Eitango 1, 2” (Vocabulary building).
1994
  • Opened Osaka Learning Center to launch preparatory course for the entrance examination to the University of Kyoto.
1995
  • Opened Ochanomizu Learning Center to operate preparatory course for the entrance examination of the University of Tokyo.
1999
  • Transferred cram school business in the Tokyo metropolitan area to Tokyo Zoshinkai Inc.
  • Published “Oxford Word Power Dictionary”.
  • Launched distance correspondence course for elementary school students.

2000-

2000
  • Transferred cram school business in the Kansai region to Tokyo Zoshinkai Inc.
  • Transferred publishing business to Z-kai Publishers Inc.
2001
  • Constructed Ochanomizu Building in Kanda-Sudacho, Tokyo.
2002
  • Published “Word Power Fully Bilingual Dictionary”.
  • Launched Business Development Courses.
2003
  • Changed the name of Tokyo Zoshinkai Inc. to Z-kai Taimen Kyoiku Inc. (cram school).
2006
  • Merged Zoshinkai Publishers Inc. (distance correspondence education service), “Z-kai Taimen Kyoiku” (cram school business) and Z-kai Publishers Inc., to form Z-kai Inc.
2007
  • Launched video streaming courses.
  • Launched Gakken Classrooms / Z-kai Courses.
2008
  • Acquired a part of the university entrance examination business of Gakkyusha Co.,Ltd.
  • Entered a business and capital alliance with ICHISHIN CO., LTD.
  • Entered a business and capital alliance with With us Corporation
2009
  • Constructed Z-kai Bunkyo-cho Building in Mishima.
  • Entered a business and capital alliance with Eikoh Inc.
2010
  • Launched a distance correspondence course for 4/5 year-old preschool students.
2011
  • Established Facultas Co.,Ltd.
2012
  • Launched “Digital Z”, providing digital educational materials for pre-school and elementary students.
2013
  • Established Z-kai CA Inc.
Jan. 2015
  • Invested in igsZ., Ltd.
  • Established Z-kai Learning Technology Inc.
Jun. 2015
  • Opened Z-kai Individual Teaching Center in Futakotamagawa.
Jul. 2015
  • Formed a long-term strategic partnership with Knewton, Inc. to develop adaptive learning products for students.
Aug. 2015
  • Formed a business alliance with KDDI to provide educational services making use of the advantages of ICT.
Sep. 2015
  • Formed a business alliance with Edmodo, Inc. to develop and provide SNS and learning platforms for schools.
Oct. 2015
  • Established Z-kai Educe Inc.
Jan. 2016
  • Agreed with Peason Japan K.K. to develop and provide a new digital English educational service.
Feb. 2016
  • Formed a business alliance with RareJob Inc. to sell online English conversation products and to develop English language educational services.