Company History

2000 April Link and Motivation Inc. is founded in the Ginza UK Bldg. in Ginza, Tokyo. Launches Motivation Management business and Entry Management business.
  August Place Management business is launched
  October Employee Motivation Survey (EMS) is released
2001 April Head office is relocated to the Ginza Omi Bldg. in Ginza, Tokyo
  May Osaka Branch opens in Umeda, Osaka
  August Head office wins the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award in the 14th Nikkei New Office Awards
  October Motivation Company Club (MCC) is started as a membership organization of enterprises that aim to be “Motivation Companies”
  November Edutainment Program series of experience-based training programs is released
2002 May Career school “i-Company” begins offering courses
  July Osaka Branch is relocated to Hanshin Sankei Sakurabashi Bldg. in Umeda, Osaka
2004 March Link Dining Inc. is established
  November Tokyo Branch opens in Nippon Television Tower in Shiodome, Tokyo
  December Italian restaurant Link Dining begins operations in Ginza
    Link Place Inc. is established
    Consulting business for sports teams begins
2005 February Link and Motivation Inc. obtains right to display “PrivacyMark”
  April First television commercial (corporate commercial) is broadcast nationwide
2006  January Bridge survey of portable skills and motivation type is released
  June i JUST Co., Ltd. joins the Group
  July Nagoya Satellite Office opens in Meieki, Nagoya
2007 January Brand engineering business and corporate communications business are acquired from ODS Corporation
  June Kansai Branch is relocated to the Hilton Plaza West Office Tower in Umeda, Osaka
  July Company name of i JUST Co., Ltd. is changed to Link Associa Inc.
  December Shares of Link and Motivation Inc. are listed on Second Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
2008 March Link Port Harumi training center opens
  April Tokai Branch opens in Kintetsu Shin Nagoya Bldg.
    Agreement for naming rights signed with a Japan Basketball League team; team name changed to Link Tochigi Brex
  July Nihon Investors Service Inc. joins the Group
  October Works Realtor Co., Ltd. joins the Group
  December Shares reassigned to First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
2009 January E-NEWS, INC. joins the Group
  February Link Investor Relations Inc. (currently Link Corporate Communications Inc.) is established
  April Link Associa Inc. is merged into Link and Motivation Inc.
    Works Realtor Co., Ltd. is merged into Link Place Inc.
    Link Investor Relations Inc. (currently Link Corporate Communications Inc.) merges Nihon Investors Service Inc. and E-NEWS, INC. to create Link Corporate Communications Inc.
  May Digit Co., Ltd. joins the Group
    Dream Team Entertainment Tochigi Co., Ltd. joins the Group
  June Tokyo Branch moves out of Nippon Television Tower and Link Port Harumi training center
  October Mihiro Tourist Co., Ltd. (currently Link Event Produce Inc.) joins the Group
2010 May Employment support service for Chinese university graduates starts
  November Motivation Academia Inc. is established
  December Digit Co., Ltd. is merged into Link and Motivation Inc.
2011 February Raise-i Inc. is established
  June AVIVA Co., Ltd. joins the Group
2012 January Link Place Inc. leaves the Group
    INTEC JAPAN, Inc. joins the Group
  February Sales Marketing Co., Ltd. joins the Group
  March Avance Co., Ltd. joins the Group
  May Avance Co., Ltd. is merged into Motivation Academia Inc.
  October FREEPORT INC. joins the Group
  December FREEPORT INC. is merged into Link Corporate Communications Inc.
2013 January Daiei Education System Co., Ltd. joins the Group
    Yoshihisa Ozasa is appointed Chairman, Representative Director and CEO
    Hideki Sakashita is appointed President, Representative Director and COO
  April Company name of Raise-i Inc. is changed to Link-i Inc.
    Company name of Sales Marketing Co., Ltd. is changed to Link Marketing Inc.
    Company name of INTEC JAPAN, Inc. is changed to Link Global Solution Inc.
  November Business Incubation Office established in Link and Motivation Inc.
  December AVIVA Co., Ltd. and Daiei Education System Co., Ltd. merge and Link Academy Inc. is established
2014 May Interac Co., Ltd. joins the Group
  November I.Lead Staff Corporation joins the Group
  December I.Lead Staff Corporation is merged into Link Marketing Inc.
2015 February Link Relation Engineering Inc. is established
  March Link and Motivation Inc. is selected as a Health & Productivity Stock for 2014
    Takashi Sawada is appointed Outside Director of Link and Motivation Inc.
  July Link Academy Inc. begins sales of new brand Aviva Pro
    Link and Motivation Inc. releases Nightingale wellness survey
  December All 20 companies that endorse “wellness management” inaugurate the Wellness Management Council
2016 March Hiroyuki Kitsu is appointed Director, and Etsuko Okajima and Tomoyuki Yuasa are appointed Outside Directors
  July Link Sports Entertainment Inc. leaves the Group
    Company name of Interac Co., Ltd. is changed to Link Interac Inc.
  October Link Japan Careers Inc. is established
2017 March Link and Motivation Group is selected as a “Nadeshiko Brand” for 2016
  April Dean Morgan K.K. joins the Group
  October a2media Corporation joins the Group
2018 January Company name of Link Marketing Inc. is changed to Link Staffing Inc.
  March Koji Asano is appointed Director of Link and Motivation Inc.
Masanao Kawauchi is appointed Director of Link and Motivation Inc.
2000
April Link and Motivation Inc. is founded in the Ginza UK Bldg. in Ginza, Tokyo. Launches Motivation Management business and Entry Management business.
August Place Management business is launched
October Employee Motivation Survey (EMS) is released
2001
April Head office is relocated to the Ginza Omi Bldg. in Ginza, Tokyo
May Osaka Branch opens in Umeda, Osaka
August Head office wins the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award in the 14th Nikkei New Office Awards
October Motivation Company Club (MCC) is started as a membership organization of enterprises that aim to be “Motivation Companies”
November Edutainment Program series of experience-based training programs is released
2002
May Career school “i-Company” begins offering courses
July Osaka Branch is relocated to Hanshin Sankei Sakurabashi Bldg. in Umeda, Osaka
2004
March Link Dining Inc. is established
November Tokyo Branch opens in Nippon Television Tower in Shiodome, Tokyo
December Italian restaurant Link Dining begins operations in Ginza
  Link Place Inc. is established
  Consulting business for sports teams begins
2005
February Link and Motivation Inc. obtains right to display “PrivacyMark”
April First television commercial (corporate commercial) is broadcast nationwide
2006
January Bridge survey of portable skills and motivation type is released
June i JUST Co., Ltd. joins the Group
July Nagoya Satellite Office opens in Meieki, Nagoya
2007
January Brand engineering business and corporate communications business are acquired from ODS Corporation
June Kansai Branch is relocated to the Hilton Plaza West Office Tower in Umeda, Osaka
July Company name of i JUST Co., Ltd. is changed to Link Associa Inc.
December Shares of Link and Motivation Inc. are listed on Second Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
2008
March Link Port Harumi training center opens
April Tokai Branch opens in Kintetsu Shin Nagoya Bldg.
  Agreement for naming rights signed with a Japan Basketball League team; team name changed to Link Tochigi Brex
July Nihon Investors Service Inc. joins the Group
October Works Realtor Co., Ltd. joins the Group
December Shares reassigned to First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
2009
January E-NEWS, INC. joins the Group
February Link Investor Relations Inc. (currently Link Corporate Communications Inc.) is established
April Link Associa Inc. is merged into Link and Motivation Inc.
  Works Realtor Co., Ltd. is merged into Link Place Inc.
  Link Investor Relations Inc. (currently Link Corporate Communications Inc.) merges Nihon Investors Service Inc. and E-NEWS, INC. to create Link Corporate Communications Inc.
May Digit Co., Ltd. joins the Group
  Dream Team Entertainment Tochigi Co., Ltd. joins the Group
June Tokyo Branch moves out of Nippon Television Tower and Link Port Harumi training center
October Mihiro Tourist Co., Ltd. (currently Link Event Produce Inc.) joins the Group
2010
May Employment support service for Chinese university graduates starts
November Motivation Academia Inc. is established
December Digit Co., Ltd. is merged into Link and Motivation Inc.
2011
February Raise-i Inc. is established
June AVIVA Co., Ltd. joins the Group
2012
January Link Place Inc. leaves the Group
  INTEC JAPAN, Inc. joins the Group
February Sales Marketing Co., Ltd. joins the Group
March Avance Co., Ltd. joins the Group
May Avance Co., Ltd. is merged into Motivation Academia Inc.
October FREEPORT INC. joins the Group
December FREEPORT INC. is merged into Link Corporate Communications Inc.
2013
January Daiei Education System Co., Ltd. joins the Group
  Yoshihisa Ozasa is appointed Chairman, Representative Director and CEO
  Hideki Sakashita is appointed President, Representative Director and COO
April Company name of Raise-i Inc. is changed to Link-i Inc.
  Company name of Sales Marketing Co., Ltd. is changed to Link Marketing Inc.
  Company name of INTEC JAPAN, Inc. is changed to Link Global Solution Inc.
November Business Incubation Office established in Link and Motivation Inc.
December AVIVA Co., Ltd. and Daiei Education System Co., Ltd. merge and Link Academy Inc. is established
2014
May Interac Co., Ltd. joins the Group
November I.Lead Staff Corporation joins the Group
December I.Lead Staff Corporation is merged into Link Marketing Inc.
2015
February Link Relation Engineering Inc. is established
March Link and Motivation Inc. is selected as a Health & Productivity Stock for 2014
  Takashi Sawada is appointed Outside Director of Link and Motivation Inc.
July Link Academy Inc. begins sales of new brand Aviva Pro
  Link and Motivation Inc. releases Nightingale wellness survey
December All 20 companies that endorse “wellness management” inaugurate the Wellness Management Council
2016
March Hiroyuki Kitsu is appointed Director, and Etsuko Okajima and Tomoyuki Yuasa are appointed Outside Directors
July Link Sports Entertainment Inc. leaves the Group
  Company name of Interac Co., Ltd. is changed to Link Interac Inc.
October Link Japan Careers Inc. is established
2017
March Link and Motivation Group is selected as a “Nadeshiko Brand” for 2016
April Dean Morgan K.K. joins the Group
October a2media Corporation joins the Group
2018
January Company name of Link Marketing Inc. is changed to Link Staffing Inc.
March Koji Asano is appointed Director of Link and Motivation Inc.
Masanao Kawauchi is appointed Director of Link and Motivation Inc.