Education business

Providing about 130 courses with a focus on correspondence courses for some 600,000 customers a year. We are always evolving and are starting to undertake business in such areas as classroom management and recruiting services, and making the most of web and mobile technologies, and expanding to follow-up services after course completion.

Publication and
music mail order business

Introducing high-quality products that bring comfort and convenience to people's lives by means of our in-store sales of CDs in addition to our mail-order sales of such items as publications, music and culture-related books, DVDs, CDs, and audio equipment through direct marketing.

New business

In 2010 we established our New Business Division with a focus on providing career improvement support services for corporate staff. We have various surveys and research aimed at overseas expansion also in progress. We aim to increase the activity channel of U-CAN and further expand the two existing-businesses.

Corporate history

1954 Jun

Founded as Tokyo Doll Academy in Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

1955 Dec

Established correspondence education division at Tokyo Doll Academy.
Started Japanese Doll Course.

1958 May

Tokyo Doll Academy authorized as a miscellaneous vocational school in Tokyo.

1963 Apr

Constructed a school building in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, and relocated the academy there.

1967 Apr

Established Japan Handicrafts Center Inc. in Ichigaya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

1968 Aug

Established Japan Flower Arrangement Association Inc. in Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo.

1973 Apr

Started transcription skills course.

1974 Feb

Merged concerned corporations, and changed name to Japan Correspondence Education Federation.

1976 Jun

Started music courses.

1978 Feb

Started mail-order sales of music-related products.


Started courses for obtaining qualifications.


Started art courses, and held the first Comprehensive Calligraphy Exhibition.

1986 Feb

Launched “Igo Kenkyu” (Go Research), a monthly magazine specializing in Go.

1989 Apr

Launched “Shumi no Suibokuga” (Ink Painting as Hobby), a monthly magazine specializing in ink painting.


Started mail-order sales of books and related products.

1990 Dec

Established an independent company from Kawagoe distribution center named IMS, Inc.

1991 Jul

Completed Headquarters Building in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

1993 Jul

Established Lifelong Learning Bureau. Started cultural courses.

1995 Sep

Completed the Mejiro Building in Toshima-ku, Tokyo.


Started mail-order sales of fine art-related products.

1996 Apr

Started mail-order sales of video products.

1997 May

Opened the Go Academy.

2000 Jul

Held the 1st Go Phoenix Cup.


Started the U-CAN brand.

2002 Jan

Started the U-CAN of Lifelong Learning brand.

2004 Jan

Completed the Yoyogi Building in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.


Launched “U-CAN Qualifying Examination Series” of off-the-shelf books.

2006 Jun

Changed the corporate name to “U-CAN, Inc.”

2009 Apr

Established Office of New Business Development, and started preparation to launch new business.


Established U-CAN Learning Support, Inc. to engage in instruction business with mainly welfare, medical, and cultural courses.

2010 Jan

Established U-CAN Career Support Inc. to manage new business (Recruiting business).


Started renewal of Mail Order Shop website to deal with publication and music products.


Completed the Second Yoyogi Building in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

Started a system to support U-CAN employees when acquiring their own qualifications.

2011 Jan

Started operation of U-CAN Mail-Order Business Division to deal with daily living and practical use products.

2012 Apr

Started correspondence education service for Japanese customers outside Japan.


Established Okuchi no Kenkou Co., Ltd. to provide oral care products.


Established U-CAN LIFE PARTNER Inc. to conduct new business, and nursing care business.

Started operation of nursing home.


Established U-CAN CHINA Inc. as a joint venture company in Chengdu Sichuan, China, as the first step in global business development. Correspondence courses started in Jan 2013.

2013 Nov

Changed the name of U-CAN Mail Order department to COCOCIMO, a new brand, and started new mail-order business.

2014 Oct

Established U-CAN Americas, Inc. in San Jose, CA, U.S. Correspondence education business to start in October of the following year.

2015 Aug

Established a compliance system for the purpose of strengthening information security and crisis management. Established a CSR Committee company-wide.

2016 Jan

Established U-CAN Ad., Inc. to provide advertisement planning and production, and advertising agency business.

2017 Sep

Changed the name of IMS, Inc., a logistics business affiliate, to U-CANLOGI, Inc.


President Taiichi Shinagawa served as an expert member on the “Council for Designing 100-Year Life Society” (Chairperson: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) through June 2018.

2018 Sep

Established the President’s Office directly under the administration of the president.


Dissolved U-CAN Learning Support, Inc. and absorbed its business into the Guidance Division.

2019 Feb

TV commercial online-based content delivery business started by U-CAN Ad, Inc.


Introduced the Career Challenge System to match in-house human resources with departments.

2020 Feb

Introduced a flextime working system.


Integrated three mail-order departments into U-CAN Mail Order Department.

2022 Oct

Closed acceptance of new applications for overseas course services.


Dissolved U-CAN Americas, Inc.


Dissolved U-CAN CHINA Inc., our Chinese subsidiary in Chengdu.

2023 May

Established HUG Inc., a joint venture with Hakuhodo Inc., to develop a new human resources business centered on building a reskilling platform.

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