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About Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd
Corporate History
History of Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd.
Date History Major Publications
1917(Taisho 6)
Susabio Moriya (pictured) founded Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd. with capital of 450 yen at 2-49 Iida-machi, Kojimachi-ku in September, in order to work in publishing, write by himself, produce by himself, and sell by himself.

1926(Taisho 15) In July, Teikoku-Shoin was organized as a stock company and its office building was built at 1-3 Nishikanda, Kanda-ku. The sales of our textbooks and atlases for lower secondary school students under the old system of education were at a record high.
1934(Showa 9)  
Susabio Moriya produced one of his masterpieces,Shinsen Shozu(Newly-selected Detailed Atlas).
(The front covers are shown below.)
1938(Showa 13) The founder Susabio Moriya died. Susabio Moriya produced 198 textbooks in total from 1921 (Taisho 10) to 1938 (Showa 13).
1942(Showa 17) Due to the Daily Essentials Control Ordinance and with the Second World War intensifying, Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd. was united into the newly established Lower Secondary School Textbooks Co., Ltd.  
1946(Showa 21) The Lower Secondary School Textbooks Co., Ltd. dissolved. The company rented a temporary office in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, for reconstruction after the war. Textbook companies were permitted to freely publish. The company restarted publishing atlases, such as [New Atlas of Japan].
1954(Showa 29)   Published an atlas, Shinsho Koto Chizu [New Detailed Atlas for upper secondary school students]and a geography textbook for upper secondary school students for the first time.
1957(Showa 32) The head office was relocated to the present location in Kanda-Jimbocho. Published Kihan Nihon Daichizu [Standard Atlas of Japan], the first full-fledged atlas after the war, and it experienced great popularity.
1959(Showa 34)   Chugakko Shakaika Chizucho[Atlas for Lower Secondary School Students] was adopted across Japan and had a large share of the market.
1961(Showa 36) Started attending the Frankfurt Book Fair.  
1963(Showa 38) (Textbooks for primary school pupils started to be distributed for free.)  
1967(Showa 42)   Published our second atlas for upper secondary school students, Hyojun Koto Chizu [Standard Atlas for Upper Secondary School Students].
1969(Showa 44)   Published Transparency, new audiovisual material, to enter into the educational material market.
1970(Showa 45)   Started to produce JAL Route Map.
1973(Showa 48)   Won the largest number of adoptions of a Geography textbook for upper secondary school students. Started to produce ANA Route Map.
1975(Showa 50)    Enjoyed popularity of Wall Maps for lower secondary schools because of their lightness and toughness.
1977(Showa 52)   Entered into alliances with Geography textbook publishers in every country to publish a translated version of the textbook, Translated version of World Geography Textbook Series, in 30 volumes over the next four years. Proved greatly popular.
1980(Showa 55)   Started to produce globes.
1981(Showa 56)   Published supplementary material, Illustrated History Atlas of World, for upper secondary school students and achieved remarkable success.
1982(Showa 57) Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd. founded the Moriya Foundation to support students from other Asian countries.  
1983(Showa 58) To increase efficiency of shipments, Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd. built a warehouse in Kawagoe-shi. Published 33 volumes of Complete Translation of World History Textbooks and received the Japan Translation Publishing Culture Award.
1987(Showa 62) Due to age deterioration, the head office building was relocated into a temporary office in Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, during the reconstruction. Published Places in the World, which was the first landscape orientation textbook.  Most of it was adopted for a Geography textbook for upper secondary school students.
1988(Showa 63) The new head office building was completed in November. In December, the company was relocated to the new building.  
1989(Heisei 1) In January, Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd. started operations at the new head office building and introduced an automated cartographic system.  
1990(Heisei 2) The Teikoku-Shoin Map Compiling building was completed in Takashimadaira, Itabashi-ku, and introduced a computer-aided cartographic system. Restarted publishing a History textbook for lower secondary school students, which had been suspended in 1981.
1993(Heisei 5)   Restarted publishing a Civics textbook for lower secondary school students, which involved publishing all three social studies textbooks for lower secondary school students.
1995(Heisei 7)   Published Standard Atlas: Modern World and Its Historical Background, which could be used in World History classes, and received attention not only from schools but also from general readers. (This was renamed Geo-History Atlas for Upper Secondary School Students.)
1999(Heisei11)   Published an atlas for general readers, Historical Stages: Atlas of Japan. This atlas had the innovative feature of historical elements plotted on maps and became the bestselling atlas of the year.
2002(Heisei 14) (The New National Curriculum based on the new course of study for primary and lower secondary schools took effect.) Adoption in primary and lower secondary schools dramatically increased. In particular, History for Lower Secondary School Students: Steps of Japan and Movements of World sold very well.
2003(Heisei 15)   Published the New Illustrated World History: Tapestry for upper secondary school students. 
Also published Standard Atlas for Upper Secondary School Students: Reading Modern Society through Atlas, which can be used in Modern Society classes. Both of them were highly valued.
2004(Heisei 16)   Completely revised Atlas of the World: this makes you feel like travelling by suggesting travelling styles that matched a new era.
Published Movements in the Showa era through Atlas, a reprint atlas. This was highly evaluated in book reviews and feature articles.
2005(Heisei 17)   Our publications for lower secondary schools were widely adopted. The increase in four social studies publications received top marks from the textbook publishers.
2006(Heisei 18)   Completely revised Atlas of Japan: this makes you feel like traveling.Attractive maps gained stronger reputations and were rediscovered throughout Japan.
▲Atlases for Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary School Students ▲Geography, History, and Civics Textbooks for Lower Secondary School Students
▲Geography Textbooks for Upper Secondary Students ▲World History and Modern Society Textbooks for Upper Secondary Students