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Kumon’s History

Timeless and borderless,
Kumon does its all for each and every individual.

Kumon’s aspiration, which began with a parent and a child,
is to maximize the potential of each individual through learning.
The Kumon Method is now reaching people all around the world.

Method

Organization

1950

1954
Toru Kumon, a high school math teacher, began providing education-based on the concept of self-learning to his son, Takeshi, then a second grader in elementary school. He wrote numerous calculation problems on loose-leaf paper for his son. This was the origin of the Kumon Method.
1955
The first Math Center using Kumon worksheets is
opened in Osaka, Japan.

Toyonaka Uenozaka Center where Toru and Teiko
Kumon instructed students together (circa 1965).

1960

1969
The total number of subject enrollments exceeds 10,000.

1970

1975
The total number of subject enrollments exceeds 100,000.
1979
The first Kumon Instructors Conference is held in
Osaka, Japan.
Kumon began holding the Instructors Conference annually from this year to provide Instructors with an opportunity to share the results of their instruction and voluntary study group activities with their colleagues from around Japan.

1980

1980
The Kumon English Program (for native Japanese speakers) is launched.
1981
The total number of subject enrollments exceeds 1 million.
The Kumon Japanese Program (for native Japanese speakers) is launched.
The first Instructors Conference on Learners with Special Needs is held in Tokyo, Japan.
1988
A public elementary school in the United States implements Kumon Math.
When the vice principal of Sumiton Elementary School in Alabama saw a TV program about Kumon she became convinced of the efficacy of the method and felt that it could really help her students to get over their aversion to math. This was the first time that the Kumon Method was utilized in regular school classes outside of Japan. The results were even greater than expected and this achievement was hailed as the “Miracle of Sumiton” in a variety of media. This publicity led to greater awareness of Kumon and the establishment of more and more Centers around the world.

1990

1990
The Kumon English Program (for native English speakers) is launched in Australia.
1993
The Kumon Chinese Program (for native Chinese speakers) is launched in Taiwan.
The total number of subject enrollments exceeds 2 million.
1994
The Kumon Portuguese Program (for native Portuguese speakers) is launched in Brazil.

2000

2001
The total number of subject enrollments exceeds 3 million.
2004
The Kumon EFL Program (English as a Foreign Language) is launched in Brazil.
The Kumon Spanish Program (for native Spanish speakers) is launched in five countries in South America.
2005
The Kumon CFL Program (Chinese as a Foreign Language) is launched in Korea.
2006
The total number of subject enrollments exceeds 4 million.
2008
The Kumon Thai Program (for native Thai speakers) is launched in Thailand.

Organization

1950

1958
The office of the Osaka Institute of Mathematics is established in Osaka, Japan.

From 1959 to 1962 the Kumon office was located in a rented room inside this residence in Osaka.

1960

1962
The Osaka Institute of Mathematics Ltd. is established.

1970

1974
Kumon Math Center opens in New York, USA.It was with the opening of this Center in New York that the provision of Kumon Method study outside Japan first began.
1975
Center opens in Taiwan.
1977
Center opens in Brazil.
1979
Center opens in Germany.

1980

1980
An affiliated company is established in São Paulo, Brazil.
An affiliated company is established in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1982
An affiliated company is established in Los Angeles, USA.
1983
The first Kumon logo is created.
1984
An affiliated company is established in Sydney, Australia.
1988
An affiliated company is established in Hong Kong.
An affiliated company is established in Toronto,
Canada.

1990

1990
An affiliated company is established in London, UK.
1991
An affiliated company is established in Madrid, Spain.
1995
Company founder Toru Kumon passes away.
An affiliated company is established in Singapore.
An affiliated company is established in Santiago, Chile.
An affiliated company is established in Mexico City,Mexico.
An affiliated company is established in Shanghai, China.
1996
An affiliated company is established in Johannesburg, South Africa.
An affiliated company is established in Manila, the
Philippines.
1997
Kumon President Takeshi Kumon passes away.
A Kumon Office is established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1998
An affiliated company is established in Bangkok, Thailand.
An affiliated company is established in Buenos Aires,
Argentina.

2000

2000
An affiliated company is established in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2001
The new Kumon logo is created.
2004

An affiliated company is established in New Delhi, India.


An affiliated company is established in Bogotá, Colombia.
2005
An affiliated company is established in Guangzhou, China.
2006
An affiliated company is established in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
2007
An affiliated company is established in Doha, Qatar.
2008
Kumon celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in Tokyo, Japan.

2010

2011
An affiliated company is established in Beijing, China.
2014
100th Anniversary of the birth of Toru Kumon in Yokohama, Japan.

About
Kumon

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow we at Kumon always have, and always will, place the utmost importance on continuing to learn.

President Kumon Institute of Education Co., Ltd.

Instructors and staff continuously learn from students.

Words of the founder of
Kumon that we value.

Through the Kumon Method we aim to
foster sound, capable individuals
who can succeed in achieving
their goals in life.

Click here for a detailed
explanation of the secret
behind the Kumon Method.

Click here to read about the essential role of the Instructor for the Kumon Method.

One father’s love for his son gave birth to the Kumon Method of learning.

Kumon has a dream, a dream of world peace brought about by education.

Timeless and borderless, Kumon does its all for each and every individual.

It began with children in Japan and now extends to students all around the world.