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March 31, 2020, marks the 60th anniversary of Recruit Holdings’ founding. Recruit Holdings (RH) was launched in 1960 in a prefabricated rooftop unit in Shimbashi, Tokyo. A lot has changed since then?what started as a company that produced job-advertisement brochures for new university graduates evolved into a global human resources network and information service platform that connects millions of individuals with employers and businesses.

We’ve also witnessed the world change with us. Just in the past few decades, we’ve overcome extreme economic changes, such as the collapse of Japan’s bubble economy in the 1990s and the 2008 global financial crisis. Today, in the midst of social and cultural transformations triggered by a technological revolution, we are incorporating new technological advancements into our infrastructure so that we are best prepared to meet the changing needs of our users and enterprise clients.

Through it all, we’ve upheld our mission to connect people with “Opportunities for Life.” We have always worked to solve lifestyle problems for individuals and businesses in innovative and empathetic ways. It is this intention that connects all of the different services we provide across every country we serve. It has driven us since 1960 and will continue to drive us into the future.

It’s been an honor to have shared the past 60 years with so many people and businesses around the world. RH is now a public company that operates on a global scale, serving more than 60 countries and employing over 45,000 people. To celebrate our 60th anniversary, we’d like to share 60 of our favorite stories about the challenges and accomplishments that have arisen in making our mission a reality.

Thank you for 60 years. These are our stories.

Note: These stories were developed based on the information collected between September 2019 through January 2020.