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Yuteki Hayashi establishes Maruya Shosha in Yokohama on the recommendation of Yukichi Fukuzawa, one of Japan's foremost intellectuals and educators and a leader in introducing Western culture to Japan. Maruya Shosha is the first joint stock company in Japan. The following year, Hayashi opens a store in Nihombashi, Tokyo that remains Maruzen's flagship store to this day.

Maruzen begins publication of Hyakka Zensho, a 12-volume series that summarized European knowledge. The series is published from 1883 to 1885. Maruzen publishes a translation of Chamber's Information for the People on a subscription basis, a highly unusual publishing method at the time.

Maruzen begins monthly installment sales of Encyclopaedia Britannica. A number of people who played a prominent role in Japanese history vie to be among the first to purchase the encyclopaedia.

The first shipment of Burberry's raincoats arrives from England. These are the first cloth raincoats sold in Japan, where only rubber-coated raincoats had been available previously.

Maruzen imports Monroe calculators, the world's first keyboard calculators, from the United States. The company's enthusiastic efforts to rationalize office work in Japan began in the Meiji Era when the company pioneered the import of typewriters.

Maruzen begins sales of the 13-volume Oxford English Dictionary.

Maruzen establishes an office in New York to open a route for importing foreign books and exporting Japanese books and handicrafts. (The office later becomes U.S. subsidiary Maruzen International Co., Ltd.)

Maruzen opens Japan's first exhibition of picture books from around the world, triggering a surge in interest in picture books.

Maruzen establishes its London office as a European base of operations in the age of computers and new media.
Maruzen develops CALIS (Computer Assisted Library Information System).

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Company, Maruzen acquires a Gutenberg Bible, the first book ever printed with movable type, at auction in New York.

Maruzen launches a project to preserve on microfilm The National Diet Library's Collection of Books Printed in the Meiji Era. This project is completed in May 1991.

Maruzen develops the MACS2 consolidated delivery system for imported journals to ensure delivery and reduce bother for annual subscribers of foreign publications.

To speed up fulfillment of special orders for foreign books, Maruzen relocates U.S. subsidiary Maruzen International Co., Ltd. to New Jersey, expands its distribution operation, and launches a high-speed special order service using on-line purchase ordering and airfreight.

Maruzen is first in Japan to launch a full-fledged Internet-based online system for ordering Japanese and foreign books.

In cooperation with the University of Toronto Libraries, Maruzen launches a back-in-print service for producing copies of out-of-print books.


Maruzen launches the Super Choice-kun Internet service to provide libraries and researchers with full-service support for everything from the selection and ordering of books to budget control.
Maruzen obtains the International Organization for Standardization's ISO 9001 certification for quality management systems for its publishing system and CALIS library management system.

Following on the success of the Super Choice-kun service launched in 1996, Maruzen launches the Knowledge Worker, an academic information platform that provides one-stop access to academic information from books, journals, and electronic journals published around the world.

Following on the success of the project to preserve on microfilm The National Diet Library's Collection of Books Printed in the Meiji Era launched in 1989, Maruzen produces and launches The National Diet Library's Collection of Books Printed in the Showa Era CD-R Collection.
Maruzen produces and launches "Shogozo Scrolls" in the Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency, Japan, Color CD-R Edition.

Maruzen reopens a store in Nihombashi that closed for construction from autumn, 2004.
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