Corporate History

Revenue trends



  • Sep.Changing company name
    GMO Cloud K.K. changes its name to “GMO GlobalSign Holdings K.K.”
  • Aug.New project
    GMO Internet has launched “GMO Digikids,” a programming education support project for children.
  • Aug.Awarded
    “Trust Login byGMO,” a single sign-on service offered by GMO GlobalSign was awarded for 2 categories in “ITreview Grid Award 2020 Summer” for 3 consecutive quarters.
  • Jul.New Company established
    GMO TECH established “GMO ReTech,” a new technology company for real estate business.
  • Jul.Organization
    GMO System Consulting has joined GMO MAKESHOP for strengthening collaboration in ecommerce.
  • Jul.Listed
    GMO Financial Gate is newly listed on TSE Mothers Index.
  • Jul.Held an event
    “GMO Developers Day” was held as a first GMO Internet Group’s large-scale online tech conference for developers.
  • Jul.Supporting Athletes
    GMO Internet Group has made an affiliation contract with Hana Wakimoto, a professional golfer.
  • Jun.Jointly developed by 3 companies
    GMO Commerce, GMO Aozora Net Bank, and Payment Technology jointly developed “GMO Upfront payment for payroll,” an advance salary service.
  • Jun.Specified by Ministry of Justice
    “GMO e-contract service Agree,” an electric signature service offered by GMO Cloud K.K. (GMO GlobalSign Holdings K.K) has become available on the online application of commercial and legal entity registries.
  • May.New Project
    GMO Internet Group has shifted to “New workstyle byGMO” in coronavirus era.
  • May.Service launch
    GMO Media has launched “Coeteco EdTech byGMO,” a comparison and search website for “EdTech service.”
  • Apr.Presented Thesis
    GMO Pepabo R&D Institute presented the thesis regarding the method for container scheduling in the COMPSAC 2020 which is a major international forum on computers, software and application hosted by IEEE.
  • Apr.Satisfaction Award
    “Trust Login” provided by GMO GlobalSign was evaluated the highest satisfaction service for two categories at ITreview Grid Award 2020 Spring for two consecutive years.
  • Apr.New Project
    GMO Internet, Inc. has started the new project named “GMO Edison” which encourages our partners to share their ideas and commercialize their ideas among them.
  • Apr.Hanko-free and promote electronic contract
    GMO Internet Group announced the new policy which eliminates Inkan in customer procedures and limits only for electronic contract.
  • Apr.New System
    GMO Internet Group has started “Office-cost restoration program” which restore the office running cost, the amount saved due to the arrangement for work from home, to partners.
  • Apr.Opened the bank API experiment station
    GMO Aozora Net Bank became the first bank in Japan to open the bank API experiment environment named “sunabar -GMO Aozora Net Bank API experiment station” for free.
  • Apr.Held Group Online Welcoming Ceremony for New Hires
    GMO Internet Group held online welcoming ceremony for new hires for the purpose of preventing spread of infection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Mar.Became No.1 in industry for 8th consecutive years
    GMO MAKESHOP’s “MakeShop” has become No.1 transaction volume in ASP online store industry for 8th consecutive years and achieved JYP173.4 billion in 2019, which reached MakeShop’s transaction volume to a record high.
  • Mar.Awarded
    GMO Aozora Net Bank’s “Bank API Developers’ portal” awarded in financial institution category at Japan Financial Innovation Award2020(JFIA2020).
  • Mar.Service Launch
    GMO PlayAd and GMO research jointly developed “PlayAds” and started its service.
  • Mar.Service Launch
    Educational app related to Finance and investing “Kabupon!” launched under the sponsorship of the GMO CLICK Securities.
  • Mar.Elected substitute runner for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Men’s marathon
    Ryo Hashimoto, a runner belongs to the men long-distance athletic team GMO ATHLETES, was elected substitute runner for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Men’s marathon.
  • Feb.Elected one of “Great Place To Work” for five consecutive years
    GMO Payment Gateway was elected one of the best companies in “Great Place To Work” ranking for five consecutive years.
  • Feb.Service launch
    GMO GlobalSign has started providing trust services in conformity to eIDAS and PSD2 mainly in Europe.
  • Feb.Organization
    GMO Kumapon, Inc. joined GMO Media Inc.
  • Jan.Shift to work from home to prevent COVID-19 infection
    GMO Internet Group shifted to work from home in order to prevent COVID-19 infection for the purpose of BCP as well as the safety for all partners in our whole group.
  • Jan.Reached a milestone in the number of monthly e-signature use
    GMO GlobalSign’s “Digital Signing Suite” has exceeded over one million in the number of monthly e-signature use globally.
  • Jan.Service launch
    GMO Mobility Cloud has started providing LTE loaded OBDⅡ connector “LINKDrive Air byGMO” which makes it possible to detect and report traffic accident automatically for the first time in Japan as well as the app developing service “LINKDrive collabo byGMO” for the automobile brand.
  • Jan.Established
    GMO CLOUD K.K. founded GMO Mobility Cloud K.K. as a Joint Venture with Sojitz Corporation: Developing connected car related business utilized automotive IoT solution.
  • Jan.Broadcasted TV Commercial
    GMO Internet Group's TV commercial broadcasted for the first time during the “New Year Ekiden 2020” which GMO ATHLETES participated in for the first time.
  • Jan.GMO ATHLETES’ record
    ”GMO ATHLETES,” a men long-distance athletic team, participated in “New Year Ekiden2020” for the 1st time and finished in 5th place.


  • Dec.Listing Moved
    GMO Pepabo listing moved to the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Dec.Service Launch
    GMO Financial Gate, Inc. has launched “OFFICE PAY® byGMO” which enables to pay office facilities such as vending machine and coffeemaker with only employee ID card.
  • Dec.Dec. Became No.1 in Customer Satisfaction Ranking
    “GMO Toku Toku BB” provided by GMO Internet, Inc. became No.1 provider covering wide area in “2019 Oricon Customer Satisfaction Rank.”
  • Dec.Dec. “GMO Digital HACHIKO” opened as a meeting spot
    GMO Internet Group opens “GMO Digital HACHIKO,” as a meeting spot offering free Wi-Fi available and enabling us to charge smartphone battery for free without depending on the weather.
  • Dec.Opend “Synergy Café GMO Yours・FUKURAS”
    Communication space “Synergy Café GMO Yours・FUKURAS” opened in the 2nd Group Head Office SHIBUYA FUKURAS.
  • Nov.Established
    GMO Internet, Inc. and AMZ Group Sole Co., Ltd. in Laos founded joint venture named Lao Co., Ltd.
  • Nov.M&A
    TownWifi, a company offering free Wi-Fi auto connect app, has joined GMO Internet Group through GMO Internet's acquisition of their share.
  • Jul.Reached a milestone in the publishing products
    GMO Pepabo’s “minne” has exceeded over 10 million in the number of publishing products.
  • Jul.Reached a milestone in the Japanese market share
    GMO GlobalSign has reached 50% share of the Japanese SSL Certificates market as Certificate Authority (CA) announced by Netcraft's "Netcraft SSL Survey."
  • Jul.CSR
    GMO Dream Wave has been certified “Identification for Employment of the Class-Second Handicapped” which provides the appropriate employment environment for handicapped employees.
  • Jul.Presented Thesis
    GMO Pepabo R&D Institute presented two theses at the symposium “NCIW” and the workshop ”NETSAP 2019” in the COMPSAC 2019 which is a major international forum on computers, software and application hosted by IEEE.
  • Jun.Total transaction volume
    GMO Pepabo’s “SUZURI” has exceeded JPY 100 million JPY of its transaction volume in June 2019 which is the highest monthly record.
  • Jun.New Project
    Tokyu Corporation, CyberAgent, DeNA, GMO Internet, mixi and Shibuya City Board of Education of Shibuya have signed “Agreement on Programming Education in Shibuya City”.
  • Jun.Receipt of three-star evaluation
    GMO Payment Gateway received the highest rating, three stars, in the “monitoring” evaluation from HDI-Japan for two consecutive years.
  • Jun.New service launch
    GMO Payment Gateway and IT-One Co., Ltd co-established “Data Innovation Lab” in order to utilize big data for companies and organizations both domestic and abroad.
  • May.Partnership Agreement
    GMO Pepabo concluded the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement with Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry for the purpose of supporting the business development for small and medium enterprises through utilizing Internet.
  • May.Global expansion and Service launch
    GMO GlobalSign Certification Service Private Limited, an Indian local subsidiary of GMO GlobalSign, has launched “e-Contract Service Agree by GlobalSign,” a new cloud-based digital contract service in India.
  • May.Reached a milestone in the number of users
    GMO Internet Group announces that the number of customers using domain and hosing & cloud, and other types of Internet Infrastructure services has exceeded 10 million.
  • May.Reached a milestone in the number of registrations
    GMO Internet announces that the aggregate number of “”, domain registration service, has exceeded 20 million.
  • May.Service launch
    GMO Payment Gateway, the Bank of Yokohama, the Japan Post Bank, and the Tokyu Corporation, has launched a cash out service via ticket vending machines at train stations along Tokyu lines.
  • Apr.Service launch
    GMO Internet has launched “AkashiQ.R Wallet byGMO” which enables to create wallet to manage and remit for cryptocurrencies.
  • Mar.Become No.1 in industry
    GMO MAKESHOP’s “MakeShop” has No.1 transaction volume in ASP online store industry for 7th consecutive year and achieved JPY159.4 billion in 2018, which reached MakeShop’s transaction volume to a record high.
  • Mar.Hosting International Conference
    GMO Internet Group supported “64th ICANN,” an international conference held in Japan by ICANN, an Internet Resources management group as a local host.
  • Feb.Organization
    GMO Creators Network has joined GMO Pepabo.
  • Feb.New office
    GMO Pepabo opens “GMO Pepabo Kagoshima Office,” an engineering center in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, that will take part in the developing, management, and the maintenance of services.
  • Jan.Increase in number of registrations
    Number of registration sellers of GMO Pepabo's minne, Japan's leading handmade market, has exceeded 5 hundred thousand.
  • Jan.Become No.1 in industry
    GMO Click Securities’ FX trading services have No.1 transaction volume worldwide in 2018 for the 7th consecutive year.
  • Jan.Become No.1 in industry
    GMO Media's "Coeteco," a programming educational portal for elementary school students became the most published class of all programming and robot classes.
  • Jan.Service launch
    GMO Internet has launched "Hakyuu Houshin Engi Senkai Chronicle," a game for smartphone.


  • Dec.Service launch
    GMO Medical Reservations Technology launches "Omatome Shinsatsuken byGMO":Reservation, inquiry, reception, and payment at multiple doctors' offices through smartphone applications.
  • Nov.Acquired Certification
    GMO Dream Wave, a company to promote hiring of disabled people acquired certification for specified subsidiary company.
  • Nov.Service launch
    GMO Epsilon has launched lending services for nursing care business using care nursing management data by forming alliance with SMS Financial Service.
  • Nov.Service launch
    GMO Kumapon launches "kireipass byGMO," a trial ticket service specializing in beauty clinic.
  • Nov.Service launch
    GMO MAKESHOP has launched "Sixth sector of industry support package by GMO," which provides ecommerce building and marketing support for primary industries that deal with agricultural, livestock products, and marine products.
  • Nov.Financial Service Agency adopts "Fintech Demonstrated Hub" supporting project.
    "Real Change Investment" project, in which GMO Payment Gateway, Seven Bank, Pocket Change, and TORANOTEC jointly launched was adopted as a "Fintech Demonstrated Hub" supporting project by Financial Service Agency.
  • Oct.Service launch
    GMO Internet has launched "Captain Tsubasa ZERO, Score a goal by your miracle shot," a soccer game for smartphone.
  • Oct.Service launch
    GMO Creators Network has launched "FREENANCE byGMO," a storage agent service specializing in freelance with its same day payment for the first time in Japan.
  • Sep.Service launch
    GMO GlobalSign launches the world's fastest mining software "Cryptknocker byGMO."
  • Sep.Service launch
    GMO System Consulting has launched GMO SigNeD, a multi-signature-based service that transfers and saves cryptocurrencies
  • Sep.New Project
    CyberAgent, DeNA, mixi, and GMO Internet will launch "SHIBUYA BIT VALLEY", a project aiming to make Shibuya the world technology base in IT industry, and will hold a technology conference "BIT VALLEY 2018".
  • Sep.M&A
    GMO CLOUD has formed business alliance with AC planning that belongs to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, aiming to promote sales IoT solutions for automobiles.
  • Sep.New Project
    GMO Internet and Gentosha Literary Publication take part in a project “Children learn and experience investment“ founded by a prominent investor, Mr. Yoshiaki Murakami.
  • Aug.M&A
    Medical Reservations Technology has joined GMO Internet Group and changed its company name to “GMO Medical Reservations Technology.”
  • Aug.The number of registration
    GMO Registry announces “.tokyo” has reached 100,000 domain name registrations.
  • Aug.CSV
    Professional soccer player Shinji Kagawa appointed as brand ambassador for GMO Internet Group.
  • Aug.Service launch
    GMO Internet’s “CryptoChips byGMO,” which enables distribution of Bitcoin as remuneration, will be mounted on “Whimsical War”.
  • Jul.Presented Thesis
    GMO Pepabo R&D Institute presented the thesis related to dynamic loading of SSL certificates at the workshop ADMNET 2018 in the international conference IEEE COMPSAC 2018.
  • Jul.Internet bank launches business
    GMO Aozora Net Bank, in which GMO Internet Group and Aozora Bank Group jointly invest, launched the Internet banking business.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Payment Gateway, Tokyu, Bank of Yokohama and Japan Post Bank to develop the Japan’s first cash withdrawal service from ticket vending machines.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Internet is launching the new mining machine “GMO miner B3,” the maximum performance of which is 33 TH/s.
  • Jun.New office
    GMO Internet has launched “GMO kitaQ,” an engineer center for a full-scale operation in Kitakyushu City.
  • Jun.CSV
    GMO Coin was appointed as a sponsor for “Chiba Lotte Marines”, a professional baseball team.
  • Jun.Receipt of three-star evaluation
    GMO Payment Gateway becomes the first PSP to receive a three star “monitoring” evaluation from HDI.
  • Jun.CSV
    GMO Coin has been appointed as a sponsor for “FC Ryukyu”, a professional soccer team in J3 LEAGUE.
  • Jun.A new company and new service launch
    GMO Internet offers GMO miner B2, a mining machine equipped with its own ASIC mining chips using a cutting-edge 7 nm process technology, through its Swiss office Switzerland AG
  • May.Service launch
    GMO Internet launches “CryptoChips byGMO” that enables distribution of Bitcoin as remuneration within the game application.
  • May.Venture capital
    GMO VenturePartners establishes the GMO Global FinTech Fund that is focused on investing in the global FinTech space
  • Apr.New service launch
    GMO MAKESHOP takes over retro Inc.’s commissioned ecommerce businesses and has launched Fulloutsourcing for Fashion byGMO, a solution tailored for ecommerce businesses specializing in fashion
  • Apr.Appointment
    President Tomitaka Ishimura of GMO Coin is appointed as a director of Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association
  • Apr.Buyout
    GMO Pepabo takes over Basic Inc.’s Canvath, a service for making original goods on demand
  • Apr.New office
    GMO Internet opens GMO kitaQ, an engineering center in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, that will take part in the monitoring, management, and maintenance of services
  • Apr.New organization
    GMO Internet establishes the new Group Security Audit Office, with the aim of strengthening information security management and auditing structures in the group
  • Jan.New service launch
    GMO Internet begins offering official versions of Cloud Blockchain that supports blockchain businesses


  • Dec.Human resource management system
    GMO Internet Group has announced that their employees (partners) can receive part of their salaries in Bitcoin.
  • Dec.Entering new business
    GMO Internet launches cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) mining business.
  • Dec.Total transaction volume
    Total annual transaction volume of handmade market "minne" operated by GMO Pepabo has exceeded JPY 10B in 2017.
  • Dec.Organizational restructuring
    GMO Internet merged three subsidiaries - GMO Gamepot, GMO Game Center, and Syncloud - that develop and offer Mobile Entertainment business into parent company, GMO Internet.
  • Oct.Launch
    GMO Internet launched a new overseas subsidiary " Securities (Thailand) Limited" in Thailand.
  • Oct.CSR
    GMO Dream Wave, a company launched by GMO AD Partners with an aim to promote the hiring of disabled people, was recognized as a company attracting employees to Miyazaki Prefecture and Miyazaki City.
  • Oct.Strategic business
    GMO Payment Gateway launches GMO-PG Processing Platform that targets financial institutions and financial services, providing collectively the payment solutions, such as debit cards, credit cards, prepaid cards, and house cards (credit card issued by a particular store or business).
  • Sep.Entering new business
    GMO Internet has announced entry into cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) mining business.
  • Sep.Recognition
    GMO Coin was officially recognized by the Japan Financial Services Agency as a registered cryptocurrency exchange business.
  • Sep.Organizational restructuring
    GMO Coin, Inc. executed a capital increase through private placement and GMO CLICK Holdings (currently, GMO Financial Holdings) acquired GMO Coin, Inc. GMO CLICK Holdings' aim is to increase corporate value for Internet Finance segment of GMO Internet Group by increasing cryptocurrency trading volume.
  • Sep.Changing company name Coin, Inc. changes its company name to GMO Coin, Inc. and its service name to GMO Coin.
  • Aug.M&A
    Shift-One, Inc. has been merged into GMO Internet Group through GMO AD Partners' acquiring a 100% stake in Shift-One, Inc. having the strength of motion comic and other types of video solution businesses.


  • Sep.M&A
    GMO Payment Gateway allocated third party shares in Global Card System through GMO Financial Gate, making Global Card System a GMO Internet Group company.
  • Aug.M&A
    GMO Payment Gateway, Inc. acquires shares in "MACROKIOSK Berhad," a leading mobile payment, authentication, and notification service provider in Malaysia, making them a member of the GMO Internet Group.
  • Jul.CSV
    Professional football player Shinji Kagawa appointed as brand ambassador for the global brand ""
  • Jun.M&A
    Shares acquired from Thai domain and hosting company NetDesign Group (now NetDesign), making it a GMO Internet Group company.
  • May.Internet bank preparation
    Memorandum of Understanding executed in relation to the joint operation of the net bank with Aozora Bank and Aozora Trust Bank.
  • Apr.ATHLETES established
    GMO ATHLETES established to support athletes who are aiming to become No.1, beginning with a men's long distance running team.
  • Mar.CSV
    Through the GMO Internet Group global brand "," we become the Vietnam national football team's top star partner. We also sign a sponsorship contract with one of the players Cong Phuong Nguyen.
  • Jan.A successful bid for new domain
    GMO Domain Registry acquires the rights to its new domain ".shop," bidding the highest domain auction price in history at USD 41.5 million.
  • Jan.Management integration
    In order to promote accelerated growth in the ad technology field, GMO Internet Group's online marketing and media focused companies GMO AD Marketing, GMO Mobile, and AdCloud combine under the name "GMO AD Marketing."


  • Oct.Assignment of stock
    Discussions begin between Daiwa Securities Group, Daiwa Securities, GMO CLICK Holdings, and GMO CLICK Securities to combine their strengths and create an advanced and attractive joint financial service. As part of the deal, Daiwa Securities Group acquires a stake in GMO Click Holdings.
  • Oct.Listed
    GMO Media is listed on the TSE Mothers Index. The company's domain name changes from "" to ""
  • Oct.Group song
    GMO Internet Group song "Internet for Everyone" by Tetsuya Komuro is released.
  • Sep.M&A
    GMO Internet acquires 80% of shares from enterprise domain registration services company Brights Consulting, making Brights part of the GMO Internet Group.
  • Jun.Internet bank preparation
    Discussions with Aozora Bank about joint operations of an online bank begin. A contract concerning capital and the business tie-up is signed by GMO Internet, GMO Payment Gateway, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
  • Apr.Listed
    GMO CLICK Holdings listed on JASDAQ securities market.
  • Mar.Launch
    English presence of GMO CLICK Holdings " Trade UK Limited" launches FX, CFD trading service.



  • Dec.Listed
    GMO TECH listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange MOTHERS market.
  • Nov.Global brand
    GMO Internet acquires for JPY800 million. GMO Internet Group to make its Global Brand.
  • Oct.Established and launched
    GMO Internet Partners with Myanmar Company, Ace to Establish Local Joint Venture GMO ACE Company Limited.
  • Oct.Listing moved
    GMO Cloud listing moved to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Oct.Listed
    GMO Research is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange MOTHERS market.
  • Jun.Launch
    GMO Payment Processing Service launches GMO-PG Global Payment in Thailand.
  • May.Established
    GMO Payment Gateway launches GMO PAYMENT GATEWAY (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
  • Apr.Changing company name
    paperboy&co becomes" GMO Pepabo, Inc".
  • Mar.Established and launched
    GMO Payment Gateway establishes a local presence in Taiwan as a branch of its Hong Kong business, and launches "GMO-PG Global Payment".
  • Feb.Launch
    GMO Payment Gateway launches "GMO-PG Global Payment" through Malaysian local presence.
  • Jan.Established
    GMO Internet, GMO Venture Partners, and Bakumatsu co-found "GMO Venture Tsushin Startup Support Co. Ltd.".


  • Dec.Established
    GMO Click Holdings establishes "GMO CLICK Bullion Limited" to provide bullion trading services.
  • Nov.M&A
    PC game development company, GMO GamePot, Inc. joins GMO Internet Group.
  • Oct.Established
    GMO Payment Gateway and GMO Venture Partners establish Global Payment Fund to invest in payment solution ventures in South East Asia.
  • Sep.Established
    GMO Payment Gateway establishes a local entity in Hong Kong.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Internet launches its new VPS brand "ConoHa byGMO."
  • Jun.CSV
    GMO CLICK Securities is an official partner of Japan’s national swim team.
  • Jun.Launch
    GMO Research Chinese joint venture, GMO E-Lab Marketing Research (Shanghai), opens for business.
  • Mar.Established
    GMO Internet and GMO RUNSYSTEM establish Internet research and development facility, GMO Vietnam Lab Center, in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.


  • Sep.M&A
    GMO CLICK Holdings acquires FX PRIME Corporation (JASDAQ 8711) after successful tender offer bid.
  • Aug.Launch
    GMO CLICK Hong Kong launches forex trading service.


  • Nov.Established
    Holdings company established in GMO CLICK Securities share transfer.
  • Nov.Changing company name
    GMO SEO Technology changes the name to GMO Tech, Inc.
  • Aug.GMO Bears opens
    GMO Bears opens to provide childcare for GMO Internet Group employees.
  • Jul.M&A
    GMO Internet forms capital and business alliance with VALUE-DOMAIN.COM Operator, DigiRock. DigiRock becomes GMO Internet Group company.
  • Jun.GMO Yours opens
    GMO Internet Group opens employee cafeteria, aims to provide leading employee communication space.
  • Jun.M&A
    Vietnam-based offshore developer, RunSystem Corporation becomes GMO Internet Group company following the formation of a new business and capital partnership.
  • Jun.Established
    GMO Internet and Acrodea establish joint venture company, GMO GameCenter.
  • Apr.Brand logo renewal
    GMO Internet Group unveils new corporate logo series as part of an initiative to create a new brand image in line with business growth.
  • Mar.Launch
    CLICK Securities launches online foreign bond trading service.
  • Feb.Service launch
    paperboy&Co. launches its handmade market "minne," which is currently the company's core-service. This led to the entry into the handmade market business.


  • Nov.Founded
    GMO Internet and partner, Acrodea launch beta version of Android game application market, G-Gee.
  • Nov.Launch
    GMO Internet launches daily-deals website Kumapon.
  • Oct.M&A
    CLICK Securities becomes a GMO Internet subsidiary in stock purchase acquisition.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Internet provides GMO App Cloud optimized for operating social games.
  • Feb.Established
    GlobalSign to develop Oceania, India and South-East Asia markets with the establishment of Singapore subsidiary.



  • Dec.M&A
    COMMUNICATION TELECOM becomes subsidiary of GMO Hosting & Security.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Internet launches its ""GMO Toku Toku BB,"" which is currently the provider business' core-service."
  • Jul.Launch
    GMO Registry Inc established to launch Japan’s first new gTLD registry business.
  • Apr.M&A
    GMO Internet acquires a stake in leading-edge SEO technology company, Inovex.


  • Dec.Listed
    paperboy&co. is listed on JASDAQ.
  • Sep.Service launch
    GMO Payment Gateway launches its PG Multi-Payment Service, which is a service to introduce collectively various payment methods and currently the company's core-service.
  • Sep.Listed
    GMO Payment Gateway promoted from MOTHERS Market to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Jul.GMO-AP changed its name
    MagClick company name is changed to GMO AD Partners.
  • May.M&A
    NIKKO becomes a consolidated subsidiary in capital partnership.
  • Feb.Expansion of business
    GlobalSign launches in China.


  • Aug.Closing the important segment
    GMO Internet Board of Directors resolves to withdraw from the Internet finance business.
  • May.Founded
    GeoTrust Japan becomes GlobalSign K.K.
  • Mar.Established
    GMO Internet establishes new e-commerce company, GMO Solution Partner in a joint investment with Sagawa Express.


  • Apr.M&A
    Gofukusei Network has joined the group.
  • Apr.M&A
    GMO NETCLUE Japan and GMO Intertainment merge to integrate the group’s online game businesses. GMO Games is the result of the merger.
  • Feb.Service launch
    GMO Payment Gateway launched a credit card payment solution for public money targeting local governments accepting credit card payment for taxes and public utility charges, which is currently the company's core-service.


  • Dec.Listed
    GMO Hosting & Security is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Market.
  • Oct.Established
    GMO Internet Securities is established.
  • Sep.Established
    GMO VenturePartners investment business is established.
  • Sep.M&A
    Orient Credit becomes a subsidiary following the stock acquisition. The group enters the consumer finance market.
  • Aug.M&A
    Capital partnership established with online store construction service, MakeShop.
  • Jun.Listed
    The company is promoted to the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and changes its name to GMO Internet.
  • May.GMO Research changed its name
    GMO Media and Solutions is restructured with a focus on research and changes its name to GMO Research.
  • May.GMO Media was created
    The media and e-commerce divisions of GMO Mobile and Desktop and GMO Media Solutions are consolidated in the new company, GMO Media.
  • May.M&A
    GMO Payment Gateway increases holdings in Epsilon by acquiring shares.
  • Apr.Listed
    GMO Payment Gateway is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Market.
  • Feb.GMO-PG changed its name
    GMO Card Commerce Services changes its name to GMO Payment Gateway.
  • Jan.New service
    paperboy&Co. launches its "Color Me Shop! pro (currently, Color Me Shop)," which is a service to build online store and currently the company's core-service. This led to a full-scale launch of the company's ecommerce solutions business.



  • Nov.M&A
    Management integration of Card Commerce Services and Payment One to enhance online credit card payment processing services.
  • Oct.M&A
    3721 Soft and ACCESSPORT become wholly-owned subsidiaries.
  • Aug.M&A
    Tea Cup Communication joins the GMO Internet Group following a stock swap.
  • Jul.M&A
    GMO has resolved to acquire complete control of CCS Holding Co., Ltd through a share exchange, and executed a share exchange agreement. Card Commerce Services, the leading online credit card payment processing company, has joined the group.
  • Mar.M&A
    paperboy&co. joins the group.
  • Feb.Listed
    Promoted to the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.


  • May.Changing company name
    iSLE changes its name to GMO Hosting and Technologies.
  • May.Launched security business
    GeoTrust JAPAN is established by GMO Hosting and Technologies in partnership with GeoTrust, the US company with the second largest global market share in the server certificate (SSL authentication) industry.


  • Dec.Launched research business
    GMO Media and Solutions launches research business GMO Research in partnership with Access Media International.
  • Oct.Launched payment business
    40.62% share of credit card payment processing provider, Payment One acquired in a private placement. Payment One joins the group.
  • Apr.M&A
    FreeML, Mailin, and MagPromotion merge to become GMO Media and Solutions.


  • Nov.M&A
    Daiichi Tsushin is acquired.
  • Sep.M&A
    Mailin becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary following the stock swap. MagPromotion and also become wholly-owned subsidiaries.
  • May.M&A
    GMO Internet acquires the two web hosting companies iSLE and RapidSite.
  • Apr.Changing company name
    Company name is changed to Global Media Online.


  • Sep.Stock listing
    Three hundred and sixty-four days after incorporation, consolidated subsidiary Magclick becomes the fastest company to list on NASDAQ Japan in the stock market’s history.
  • Apr.Launched server business
    interQ Marugoto Server, a low-priced, high-quality data center service is launched in a tie-up with Cobalt Networks.

Prior to 1999


  • Sep.Established
    Magclick is established.
  • Sep.Launched domain business
    Launch of domain registration services.
  • Aug.Publicly traded
    Three years and eight months after being established we become the first independent net venture and the first Internet service provider to list on the stock exchange in Japan.
  • Apr.Awarded
    Selected by ICANN to become the sole commercial domain registrar in Japan and the Asian region.


  • Dec.Launched provider business
    interQ ORIGINAL launch. The world’s first Internet access service that doesn’t require a contract.
  • Nov.Changing company name
    The Internet is rapidly expanding and the company changes its name to interQ, shifting its focus to the provision of Internet and service infrastructure.


  • May.Established
    Multi-media company, Voice Media is established.