Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd. (株式会社学研ホールディングス, Kabushiki-gaisha Gakken Hōrudingusu) is a Japanese publishing company founded in 1947 by Hideto Furuoka, which also produces educational toys. Their annual sales is reported at ¥ 90 billion ($789 million US).[4]

Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd.
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha Gakken Hōrudingusu
TypePublic KK
TYO: 9470
FoundedMarch 31, 1947; 74 years ago (1947-03-31)
FounderHideto Furuoka
Area served
Key people
Hiroaki Miyahara
  • Education services
  • Childcare services
  • Elderly care
RevenueIncrease JPY 107 billion (FY 2018) (US$ 969 million) (FY 2018)
Decrease JPY 3 billion (FY 2018) (US$ 27 million) (FY 2018)
Number of employees
6,930 (consolidated, June 30, 2018)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references

Gakken publishes educational books and magazines and produces other education-related products. For nursery school age children and their caretakers, they produce items such as child care and nursing guides. For school children, they publish text books, encyclopedias, and science books. Gakken also publishes educational magazines for high school students, as well as school guides for all levels. Gakken also provides products for playrooms, study rooms, computer rooms and science rooms.

Gakken also publishes general family-oriented and gender-oriented magazines in sports, music, art, history, animation, cooking, and puzzles.


Gakken is perhaps originally known for producing Denshi blocks and packaging them within electronic toy kits such as the Gakken EX-System, as far back as the 1970s.[5] One of their original lines, the EX-150, was reissued in 2002, and was so popular as to inspire an expansion pack.

In 1981 Gakken released "Super Puck Monster", a tabletop LCD arcade game that resembled Pac-Man. Coleco also licensed "Super Puck Monster" and released it as an official Pac-Man game.[5] Gakken also released an official Dig Dug game, unlike "Super Puck Monster" this game was only sold in Japan and never exported.

In October 1983, the Gakken Compact Vision TV Boy console was released.[6]

Since 1993 Gakken has been publishing monthly logic puzzle magazines under the name Logic Paradise.

Gakken manufactured an 4-bit computer known as the GMC-4.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Overview". Gakken. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "About the company". Financial Times. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "Company Profile". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Inc. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Financial Data". Gakken Holdings. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Compact Vision TV Boy by Gakken – The Video Game Kraken". Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "Home Page". Video Game Console Library. Retrieved November 18, 2020.

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