The Story of the Founding

“Someday, I want to create a service which will change society.” This was my dream. When I was a postgraduate student, I began to feel that, due to the development of telecommunication technologies, the time would come when individuals could participate more actively and brilliantly. As a fresh graduate, I joined NTT Docomo, where I engaged in research into next-generation telecommunications. I later launched this business with Tomohisa Kato, my classmate from junior high and high school who was working for a consulting firm at that time. We started the business as a kind of second job for both of us. But we decided to found the company because we began to see signs of success.

We initially tried a service providing Chinese conversation lessons. We later shifted to English in response to market needs. In those days, attending group lessons at schools was the most common way to learn English. Consumers desired a service that would give them more opportunities to speak English more casually. We therefore focused on Filipinos’ high level of English proficiency and hospitality. We began to recruit tutors by putting up help-wanted ads at the University of the Philippines. This is how we built a system for providing lessons and began to provide RareJob Eikaiwa, an online English conversation lesson service.

The service allows Japanese to acquire English speaking skills.
It also gives Filipinos work opportunities, leveraging their English proficiency and teaching skills, regardless of environment or circumstances.
By operating a business that builds a win-win relationship between these groups, we create a future in which anyone can seize opportunity wherever they are.

History

2007
  • Oct
    Established as RareJob, Inc.
    Nov
    Launched RareJob online eikaiwa business.
2008
  • Mar
    Relocated head office to Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
    Apr
    Increased capital to 16.1 million yen through a private placement of shares.
    Oct
    Established RareJob Philippines, Inc. in Manila, Republic of the Philippines.
2009
  • Aug
    Launched B2B services for business customers.
2010
  • Mar
    Relocated head office to Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
2012
  • Jan
    Relocated head office to Sakuragaoka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
    Total number of free registered users exceeds 100,000 (cumulative).
  • Oct
    Began early-morning lessons.
  • Dec
    Began to run lessons from 06.00 (early morning) until 01.00 (late night).
2013
  • Feb
    Acquired Privacy Mark certification.
    Awarded the SME Support Japan Chairman’s Award at the Japan Venture Awards 2013.
  • Jun
    Increased capital to 181.6 million yen through a private placement of shares.
  • Aug
    Total number of lessons reaches 10 million (cumulative).
  • Oct
    Renewed corporate and service logos.
    Changed service name to RareJob Eikaiwa.
    Total number of free registered users exceeds 200,000 (cumulative).
2014
  • Jun
    Formed business partnership with Recruit Lifestyle Co., Ltd. and opened RareJob Eikaiwa Recruit school branch.
    Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE/JPX) Mothers market.
  • Jul
    Launched Chatty stamp/sticker-based eikaiwa app.
  • Sep
    Acquired ISO27001 (international information security standard) certification.
2015
  • Apr
    Launched Business English Course services.
    Launched B2School services for schools.
  • May
    Relocated head office to Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
  • Jun
    Formed outsourcing agreement with the town of Kamimine, Saga
    Tomohisa Kato appointed Chairman, Gaku Nakamura appointed CEO.
  • Jul
    Formed capital and business alliance with Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
  • Sep
    Launched Young Learner Course services.
  • Dec
    Launched the Shunkan (“Flash”) series of English language learning apps.
2016
  • Jan
    Launched RareJob HonkiJuku.
  • Feb
    Formed capital and business alliance with Zoshinkai Publishers Inc.
  • Apr
    Established Kansai Branch.
  • Aug
    Launched RareJob Eikaiwa General English Course iOS app
  • Sep
    Established Envizion Philippines, Inc. in Cagayan de Oro, Republic of the Philippines.
  • Dec
    Acquired Ripple Kids Park (Online English Speaking for Kids) as part of RareJob Group.
2017
  • Apr
    Established Chubu Branch.
  • Jun
    Launched RareJob Eikaiwa Abroad services for business customers.
2018
  • Apr
    Established Kyushu Branch.
  • Jun
    Established GOLA English Tutorial, Inc. in Makati, Republic of the Philippines.
2019
  • Jan
    Launched RareJob EdTech Lab.
  • Feb
    Established Envizion, Inc. (through formation of a joint venture agreement with Zoshinkai Holdings Inc.)
  • Apr
    Acquired Geos Language Centre Pte Ltd. (Geos Singapore) as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
2020