Timeline

(As of April 1, 2014)

April 1988
Incorporated Avex D.D., Inc. in Machida, Tokyo and started selling imported records.
September 1990
Established "avex trax" label and began producing records.
November 1990
Established Musique Folio Inc., a music publishing company in Machida, Tokyo. (In October 1993, the company changed trade name to Prime Direction Inc. In April 2005, the name changed to Avex Live Creative Inc. Presently, the company is a consolidated subsidiary.)
November 1993
Established Velfarre Inc. as a disco management company in Minato-ku, Tokyo. (In April 1997, the company merged with Avex D.D., Inc.)
July 1995
Established White Atlas Inc. as an artist management company in Minato-ku, Tokyo. (In October 1997, the company changes trade name to Axev Inc. In April 2005, the trade name changes to Avex Planning & Development Inc. Presently, the company is a consolidated subsidiary.)
September 1996
Established Avex Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong.
October 1997
Established Avex Distribution, Inc. as a sales company in Minato-ku, Tokyo. (In April 2005, the trade name changed to Avex Marketing Communications Inc. In April 2007, the name changed again to Avex Marketing Inc. Presently, the company is a consolidated subsidiary.)
April 1998
Avex Inc. merged with Avex D.D., Inc.
July 1998
Established Avex Taiwan Inc. (Presently, the company is a consolidated subsidiary.)
October 1998
Registered as OTC stock with the Japan Securities Dealers Association.
December 1999
Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
March 2000
Established Avex Network Inc. as an Internet information services company in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
October 2000
Launched Avex Artist Academy in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, to discover and train new artists and talent.
October 2004
Shifted to a holding company system through a demerger. (Avex Inc. is split into Avex Group Holdings Inc., which is a holding company, and the newly established Avex Inc. In April 2005, the trade name of the latter is changed to Avex Entertainment Inc. Presently, the company is a consolidated subsidiary.)
April 2007
Avex Marketing Communications Inc. (surviving company) and Avex Network Inc. (dissolved company) merged, changing the trade name to Avex Marketing Inc. (Presently, a consolidated subsidiary).
January 2009
Established Avex Management Inc. (presently, a consolidated subsidiary) through a split from Avex Entertainment Inc. (incorporation-type company split).
April 2009
Avex Entertainment Inc. and NTT DOCOMO, Inc. established Avex Broadcasting & Communications Inc. as a joint venture (presently, a consolidated subsidiary).
April 2010
Established Avex Music Publishing Inc. (presently, a consolidated subsidiary) through a simple split from Avex Group Holdings Inc.
October 2011
Avex Entertainment Inc. establisheded Avex Classics International Inc. (presently, a consolidated subsidiary).
October 2012
Avex Entertainment Inc. turns UULA Inc. (joint venture with SoftBank Corp. Presently, a consolidated subsidiary) into a wholly owned subsidiary through a stock acquisition.
April 2014
Established Avex Pictures Inc. by splitting the Video Package business from the Video Businesses at Avex Entertainment Inc. and Avex Marketing Inc. (joint incorporation-type company split).