History

1. Founding − Establishing our company

1994
June:Founded by now Representative Director, President and CEO Yasushi Fujita while he was still in college
1996
Apr.:Fuji Techno Limited Company established in Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
1999
Apr.:MEDIA DO Co., Ltd., established in Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
2000
Oct.:Developed the Pake-wari! system for reducing packet communication traffic volume
2001
Nov.:Merged with Fuji Techno Co., Ltd., and moved the head office to Meiekiminami, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
2003
Nov.:Established the Tokyo Office in Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

2. Start of the content distribution business − Shift from music to eBooks

2004
July:Launched online ringtone distribution service
2006
Oct.:Developed the md-dc content distribution system
Nov.:Launched the eBook distribution service
2007
Feb.:Launched the Contents Agency System (CAS) content distribution platform
Oct.:Established the Tokushima Kito Office in Naka-Machi, Naka-gun, Tokushima Prefecture
2010
Sep.:Commenced provision of the IMenu Books DOCOMO eBook portal

3. Spread of smartphones – To the starting year of eBook

2012
Feb.:Launched Japan’s first DRM-free MP3 music distribution service for smartphones May:Launched the CAS eBook distribution store solution for smartphones
2013
Apr.:Began supply of content for the LINE MANGA service of LINE Corporation
Nov.:Listed on the Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (securities code: 3678)
2014
May:Commenced a strategic business partnership with OverDrive, Inc., of the United States
Aug.:Relocated the head office to Hatsudai, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Oct.:Established LINE Book Distribution Corporation as a joint venture together with LINE Corporation, KODANSHA LTD., and Shogakukan Inc. to promote the global provision of the LINE MANGA service

4. List on the First Section of the TSE − To the No. 1 position in the industry

2016
Feb.:Stock transferred to the First Section of the TSE Apr.:Received a patent for the MD Viewer viewer app in Japan and applied for an overseas patent June:Founded MEDIA DO INTERNATIONAL, INC., in San Diego, California in the United States July:Relocated the head office to Takebashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Nov.:Acquired shares in Flier Inc., a supplier of book summarization services, and converted this company into a subsidiary
2017
Mar.:Established joint venture subsidiary MEDIA DO TECH TOKUSHIMA Co., Ltd., in Tokushima Prefecture Mar.:Acquired shares in Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan Co., Ltd., and converted this company into a subsidiary Apr.:Received transfer of all businesses of ARTRA ENTERTAINMENT Inc. June:Acquired 100% of shares in Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan Co., Ltd., and converted this company into a wholly owned subsidiary Sep.:Changed its name to MEDIA DO HOLDINGS Co., Ltd., and transitioned to the holding company system
2018
Dec.:Joined the World Wide Web Consortium, an organization promoting international standardization of Internet technologies
2019
Mar.:Merged Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan Co., Ltd., and MEDIA DO Co., Ltd. (company name: MEDIA DO Co., Ltd.) Mar.:Acquired shares of MyAnimeList, LLC. through subsidiary MEDIA DO INTERNATIONAL, INC. Aug.:Acquired shares in JIVE Ltd. and converted this company into a subsidiary; JIVE Ltd. received transference of ownership of Next Books girl’s comic label from OHZORA PUBLISHING Co., Ltd.

5. Pursuit of further growth with the theme of "MODE CHANGE"

2020
Jan.:Established TOKUSHIMA INNOVATION BASE ASSOCIATION together with The Tokushima Shimbun; Shikoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd.; The Awa Bank, Limited; and THE TOKUSHIMA TAISHO BANK, Ltd. June:MEDIA DO HOLDINGS Co., Ltd., absorbed MEDIA DO Co., Ltd. (company name: MEDIA DO Co., Ltd.)