Corporate Profile

History

1953 The Taito Trading Company was established in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
The company sold imported sundry goods and was the first firm in Japan to distill and market vodka.The company also started manufacturing and selling small vending machines
(peanut vendors).
1954 Started jukebox leasing operations.
1956 Developed the first jukebox produced entirely in Japan.
Started the sales and leasing of amusement equipment.
1962 Became the exclusive sales agent in Japan for jukeboxes produced by U.S.-based Seeburg.
1963 Established subsidiary Pacific Industries Ltd. with the aim of planning, developing and producing our own products.
1970 Was given a commendation by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry as a corporation contributing to exporting.
1971 Purchased the Japan Vending Machine Ltd.with the aim of bolstering amusement facilities operations.
1972 Changed corporate name to Taito Corporation.
1973 Completed construction of the new headquarters building
at Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Released Japan's first professional TV game"Elepong".
1978 Released the enormously popular "Space Invaders" game.
1979
Began building company offices in major cities throughout Japan in order to bolster our network of sales bases.
Established the Ebina Plant in Ebina City (Kanagawa Prefecture) as a main production base, shifted the Tunashima Plant functions to this new plant.
1985 Began handling coin-op audiovisual equipment (professional video karaoke machines).
1986 Became a member of the Kyocera Group after Kyocera took a stake in the company.
Merged the two subsidiaries Pacific Industries Ltd.and Japan Vending Machine Ltd.
1988 Conducted a CI to mark 35th anniversary.
1992 Began manufacturing and selling the X2000 coin-op karaoke system using ISDN communication lines.
1993 Listed shares on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1995 Began manufacturing and selling the X-55 home-use online karaoke system.
1996 Established the subsidiary Beijing Taixin Cultural Amusement Co., Ltd. to promote amusement facilities operations and game equipment sales in Beijing.
1997 Released the "Densha de GO!" train driving simulation game,  which became a huge hit at home and in the arcades.
1999 Became the first producer of arcade amusement equipment to be awarded the ISO9001 International quality certification.
Ebina Development Center was awarded the ISO14001 international certification for its environment management system.
2000 Merged with the Kyocera Multimedia Corporation in order to bolster our network services. Launched mobile phone contents business.
2002 Nine offices and all directly managed game facilities nationwide were awarded the ISO14001 international certification for their environment management systems.
2003 Shares promoted to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
2004 Established the subsidiary Taito Korea Corporation to promote the management of amusement facilities in Seoul Korea.
2005 Square Enix purchased a stake in Taito, making the company a member of the Square Enix group.
2006 Taito became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co.and its shares were delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Transferred commercial karaoke machine business to Xing Inc. Along with Faith Inc., established the joint venture Brave to serve as a music download service.
2007 Taito headquarters relocate from Hirakawacho, Chiyoda Ward to Yoyogi, Shibuya Ward.
2008 Wide variety of Space Invaders 30th Anniversary content unveiled.
2012 Taito headquarters relocate from Yoyogi, Shibuya Ward to Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward.