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Our Milestones & Achievements

Right at this moment, someone, somewhere around the world is learning with Kumon

Sixty years have passed since the founding of Kumon.
More than four million students* in more than 50 countries and regions are studying with the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method.
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method is aimed at building up the basic academic skills of reading, writing, and maths regardless of a studentÔÇÖs age. It is an individualised study method that enables students to become self-learners.

The foundation of ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°is the development of basic academic skills.
The positive results of study with the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method have been recognised.
Therefore, the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method has been welcomed into communities around the world with widely differing cultures, values, and educational systems

*total enrolments for all subjects

Japan

Worldwide

1950

1954
Toru Kumon, a high school maths teacher, began providing education-based on the concept of self-learning to his son, Takeshi, then a second grader in elementary school. He wrote numerous calculation problems on loose-leaf paper for his son. This was the origin of the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method.
1955
The first Maths Centre using ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Worksheets is opened in Moriguchi city, Osaka.
1958
The office of the Osaka Institute of Mathematics is established in Osaka, Japan.
Toyonaka Uenozaka Center

Toyonaka Uenozaka Centre where Toru and Teiko ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°instructed students together (circa 1965).

1960

1962
The Osaka Institute of Mathematics Ltd. is established. The first ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Centre is opened in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
the first ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°office

From 1959 to 1962 the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°office was located in a rented room inside this residence in Osaka.

1963
KumonÔÇÖs Tokyo Office is opened.
1969
The total number of subject enrolments exceeds 10,000.

1970

1972
The company name, Osaka Institute of Mathematics, is changed to Osaka ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Mathematics. The Tokyo ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Mathematics Ltd. is established.
1974
The Secret of ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Math (published by Koseido Publishing) becomes a best seller.
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method became widely known through the publication of this first book written by the founder, Toru Kumon. The book officially introduced the aims and theory of the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method for the first time, and included numerous concrete cases of instruction and learning effectiveness. The book generated a tremendous response and the company was flooded with inquiries.
1977
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°begins publishing workbooks for preschoolers.
The total number of subject enrolments in Japan exceeds 200,000.
1979
The first ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Instructors Conference is held in Osaka, Japan.
The first ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Instructors Conference
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°began holding the Instructors Conference annually from this year to provide Instructors with an opportunity to share the results of their instruction and voluntary study group activities with their colleagues from around Japan.
The total number of subject enrolments in Japan exceeds 500,000.

1980

1980
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°English Programme (for native Japanese speakers) is launched.
1981
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Japanese Programme (for native Japanese speakers) is launched.
The first Instructors Conference on Learners with Special Needs is held.
Toru ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°at the first instructors conference on Learners with Special Needs
At this annual conference, Instructors develop their understanding of how to instruct students with special needs and receive practical advice for how to apply what they learn in their Centres.
Both the Osaka ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Mathematics Ltd. and the Tokyo ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Mathematics Ltd. are restructured from limited liability companies into joint-stock corporations.
The total number of subject enrolments exceeds 1 million.
1982
The Osaka ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Mathematics Co., Ltd. and the Tokyo ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Mathematics Co., Ltd. merge to become the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Mathematics Co., Ltd.
1983
The company name, ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Mathematics, is changed to ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Institute of Education.
the first kumon logo
The first ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°logo is created.
1984
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Japanese Learning Program (for foreign learners) is launched.
1985
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Penmanship Program is launched.
1986
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°French and German programs (for native speakers of Japanese) are launched.
1988
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Publishing Co., Ltd. is established.
1989
The total number of subject enrolments in Japan exceeds 1.5 million.

1990

1995
Company founder Toru ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°passes away.
1996
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Lifelong Integrated Learning Co., Ltd. (¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Penmanship and Calligraphy) is established.
1997
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°President Takeshi ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°passes away.

2000

2000
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°is reorganised into a group management structure.
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Toru Research Institute of Education Co., Ltd. is established.
2001
Joint research into the effects of learning therapy on senile dementia begins.
The first ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°World LeadersÔÇÖ Seminar is held.
Held under the theme, ÔÇť¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°in the 21st century and my personal mission,ÔÇŁ this training session saw ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°staff in key positions from around the world gather together to discuss topics such as The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Way and how best to share KumonÔÇÖs values.
The first English Immersion Camp is held.
The children who participate in this camp take on the challenge of total immersion in English. The camp was initiated with the intention of fostering capable people who can contribute to global society by joining together with people from different countries around the world.
new kumon logo
The new ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°logo is created.
2003
All ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°signboards are replaced with the new ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°logo signboards.
2007
Activities for child-raising support begin.
2008
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding.
the 50th anniversary event

2010

2010
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°begins offering its educational services to universities.
2011
Global Communication & Testing Co., Ltd. (GC&T) is established.
GC&T is in charge of promoting the TOEFL Junior┬« and TOEFL Primary┬« tests in conjunction with its partner ETS (Educational Testing Service), the worldÔÇÖs largest nonprofit test development organisation.
2012
The Baby ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Program is launched.
baby kumon logo
2014
This is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Toru Kumon.
the 100th anniversary event
2018
¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding.

Worldwide

1950

1960

1970

1974
The first overseas ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Maths Centre opens in New York.
It was with the opening of a ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Centre in New York in 1974 that the provision of ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method study outside Japan first began. Initially, most students at this Centre were the children of Japanese expatriates. However, as the effectiveness of the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method became more widely known, local children began to enrol. Today, ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°has established itself as a provider of quality education for local children through local Instructors in many countries around the world.
1975
Centre opens in Taiwan.
1977
Centre opens in Brazil.
1979
Centre opens in Germany.
The number of ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°students in Taiwan topped 1,000.

1980

1980
An affiliated company is established in São Paulo, Brazil.
celebrating the new ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°south america head office.

The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°South America head office building is completed (August 1994)

An affiliated company is established in D├╝sseldorf, Germany.
1982
An affiliated company is established in Los Angeles, USA.
1983
The total number of overseas subject enrolments exceeds 10,000.
1984
An affiliated company is established in Sydney, Australia.
1988
An affiliated company is established in Hong Kong.
An affiliated company is established in Toronto, Canada.
A public elementary school in the United States implements ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Maths.
When the vice principal of Sumiton Elementary School in Alabama saw a TV program about ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°she became convinced of the efficacy of the method and felt that it could really help her students to get over their aversion to maths. This was the first time that the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method was utilised in regular school classes outside of Japan. The results were even greater than expected and this achievement was hailed as the ÔÇťMiracle of SumitonÔÇŁ in a variety of media. This publicity led to greater awareness of ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°and the establishment of more and more Centres around the world.

1990

1990
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°English Program (for native English speakers) is launched in Australia. The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°English Program is currently provided in 24 countries and regions around the world.
An affiliated company is established in London, UK.
1991
An affiliated company is established in Madrid, Spain.
The total number of overseas subject enrolments exceeds 200,000.
1993
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Chinese Program (for native Chinese speakers) is launched in Taiwan.
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Chinese Program is currently provided in six countries and regions around the world.
The total number of enrolments in the world exceeds 2 million.
1994
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Portuguese Program (for native Portuguese speakers) is launched in Brazil.
1995
An affiliated company is established in Singapore.
An affiliated company is established in Santiago, Chile.
An affiliated company is established in Mexico City, Mexico.
An affiliated company is established in Shanghai, China.
The total number of overseas subject enrolments exceeds 500,000.
1996
An affiliated company is established in Johannesburg, South Africa.
An affiliated company is established in Manila, the Philippines.
1997
A ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Office is established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1998
An affiliated company is established in Bangkok, Thailand.
An affiliated company is established in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The total number of overseas subject enrolments exceeds 1 million.

2000

2000
An affiliated company is established in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2001
The total number of enrolments in the world exceeds 3 million.
2003
The total number of overseas subject enrolments exceeds 2 million.
2004
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°EFL Program (English as a Foreign Language) is launched in Brazil. The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°EFL Program is currently provided in 30 countries and regions around the world.
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Spanish Program (for native Spanish speakers) is launched in five countries in South America. The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Spanish Program is currently provided in eight countries around the world.
An affiliated company is established in New Delhi, India.

Up to this point, KumonÔÇÖs overseas development had proceeded by receiving offers from local parties. In this case, however, ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°established an affiliated company in India in order to provide learning opportunities to as many children as possible. In India we continue to seek out the optimum manner of providing the ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Method.

An affiliated company is established in Bogotá, Colombia.
2005
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°CFL Program (Chinese as a Foreign Language) is launched in Korea.
An affiliated company is established in Guangzhou, China.
2006
An affiliated company is established in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The total number of enrolments in the world exceeds 4 million.
2008
The ¤ŃŞ█┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°Thai Program (for native Thai speakers) is launched in Thailand.

2010

2011
An affiliated company is established in Beijing, China.
2018
An affiliated company is established in Macau.