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Recruit traces its beginnings to an advertising agency that specialized in university newspapers. Our path since then has not always been smooth. Read more about the challenges faced by our forerunners and the major events of each decade.


It all started with a new magazine business that was launched to bring together and address the needs of two specific groups: companies looking for people to recruit and students looking for jobs. That business grew and expanded, opening new offices in major cities across Japan.

1960s Timeline


Major events in Japan

In the 1960s, man successfully landed on the moon and commercial TV stations began broadcasting in color. Japan was in the middle of a period of rapid economic growth thanks to economic policies and a variety of national projects including the introduction of Shinkansen bullet trains, the Tokyo Olympics, and expressway construction. In 1968, Japan's GNP became the second largest in the world, marking its rise as a major economic power. Meanwhile, this was also the era of the Vietnam War and accompanying student protests.


In the 1970s, we set about revamping our organization by developing in-house systems and establishing company slogans. In addition to our services providing job search information to new graduates, we also broke into new markets by offering mid-career job search information and housing information.

1970s Timeline

Timeline of the 1970s

Major events in Japan

Japan was at the height of its period of rapid economic growth in the early 1970s, as evidenced by the widespread purchase of the "three status symbols" (a color TV, air conditioner, and car). The 1970 Osaka World's Fair also symbolized the nation's economic growth. Rising crude oil prices caused by the 1973 Arab–Israeli War brought an end to the high growth period. Japan subsequently entered a period of stable growth.


Beginning with the launch of Travaille, a job listings magazine for women considering changing jobs, we launched a number of new magazines by broadening our perspective to encompass a wide variety of new fields including part-time jobs, international travel, and automobiles. We also added momentum to our business in a variety of ways such as by completing construction of our current registered headquarters building and introducing the Ring program, the basis of our system to encourage employees to submit proposals for new business undertakings.

1980s Timeline

Timeline of the 1980s

Major events in Japan

In the 1980s, almost all Japanese considered themselves members of the middle class. This was the age of living large, with diversifying values towards goods and people. Japan would subsequently experience a major shift to the so-called bubble economy.


The 1990s were characterized by personal computers, which took the market by storm, and the rise of the Internet. In anticipation of new needs arising in the information age, we launched our Rikunabi service, which focuses on features and services available only on the Internet. In addition to magazines, we began developing information services for the new Internet medium and started offering free magazines and area-based services.

1990s Timeline

Timeline of the 1990s

Major events in Japan

After the collapse of Japan's economic bubble, companies were faced with the need to restructure their operations through business reorganization and other such efforts, as evidenced by the mergers of several major banks. The 1990s saw intensified price competition and the start of a new age of innovative business model creation.


As the world moved into the 21st century, we rebuilt the Recruit brand. With a focus on Follow Your Heart, we started moving forward with the aim of becoming a true provider of information to consumers. In addition to our existing magazines and services, we further diversified our free magazines, Internet services, and mobile platforms. This decade also saw the start of our development of face-to-face services.

2000s Timeline

Timeline of the 2000s

Major events in Japan

As epitomized by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, this decade called for reforms in politics, economics, and other sectors. In terms of employment, this was also an era that saw diversified methods of gathering information as a result of changes in employee perceptions and employer business structures.