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About Gakken


From a Publishing Company to a multi-level Contents Creation Enterprise.

Hiroaki Miyahara President, Representative Director Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd. Gakken was established in 1946 based on the conviction of the late Hideto Furuoka, founder and educator. At the age of five, Hideto lost his father in the Chikuho coal mining accident. His mother raised him and his four brothers and sisters in extreme poverty. Her selfless love and family devotion inspired in Hideto a sincere appreciation and gratitude to society. Filled with these aspirations, Hideto fostered and established his educational publishing company. Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd. certainly carries his appreciations and aspirations to the present day.

Since its start, Gakken has always used “Education” as criteria for its various forms of publishing. With that central goal, Gakken has published both books and magazines in areas of entertainment, hobbies, practical utilities, and cultural interests. Gakken’s publishing materials mimic the ever-changing lifestyle needs of its readers. Not limited to only publishing, Gakken has been expanding its scope of business in developing the teaching materials and tools for preschools, kindergartens, and high schools. Gakken is further enhancing its teaching tools by creating unique environments called “Gakken Classrooms” which are both learning centers and places of preparatory schools development. These “Gakken Classrooms” utilize all the Gakken teaching tools and publications to the fullest capacity. As a continuation of its Educational goals, Gakken has launched and advanced into the business of elderly care and parenting support.

You can read more about Gakken at: Corporate Homepage

Gakken produced an LCD chess game and several LCD Backgammon games in the early 1990’s


Computer Chess Game

Gakken Computer Chess Game (1993) Electronic Chess Computer


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