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History

The following is the history of Japan Post from its establishment to today.

1871 Modern postal service established (new postal system set up between Tokyo and Kyoto and Tokyo and Osaka)
1872 Registered mail service launched
Nationwide postal network completed
1873 Nationwide flat-rate system introduced
Issuance of postcards begun
1875 Government mail offices and mail handling offices renamed post offices
Postal money order service established
International mail service launched
Postal savings service established
1877 Joined the Universal Postal Union
1880 Foreign postal money order service launched
1885 Issuance of reply-paid postcards begun
Ministry of Communications established
1887 The 〒 mark adopted as the logo for the Ministry of Communications
1892 Parcel post service begun
1894 First commemorative stamps (two types; celebrating the 25th royal wedding anniversary of the Meiji Emperor) issued
1899 Special New Year’s postcards delivery service launched (suspended in 1923, when the Great Kanto Earthquake occurred, and in the pre- and post-war periods from 1940 to 1947)
1901 Red post boxes introduced
1906 Money Transfer service established
1910 Governmental pensions payment receiving service launched
1911 Express mail service launched
1916 Postal life insurance service established
1926 Postal life annuity service established
1928 Kokumin Hoken Taiso (radio exercise) program launched
1931 Foreign Money Transfer service launched
1941 TEIGAKU deposits introduced
1944 System allowing payment of postage in arrears introduced
1949 The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications established
Law Concerning Contracted Post Offices went into effect
Issuance of New Year’s lottery postcards begun
1950 Issuance of summer greeting postcards begun
1961 Postal orders (TEIGAKU KOGAWASE ) service introduced
1968 Three- or five-digit postal code system introduced
1973 Depositor loan service introduced
1975 Express mail service (EMS) launched
1983 Furusato parcel service launched
1989 Issuance of regional stamps (later renamed Furusato stamps) and New Year’s lottery stamps begun
The passbook with remittance service launched
1991 Issuance of Furusato picture postcards and donation-added New Year’s lottery stamps begun
Foreign exchange service launched
1998 Seven-digit postal code system introduced
2001 Postal Services Agency established
2003 Japan Post established
2007 Japan Post Group established with Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan Post Service Co., Ltd., Japan Post Network Co., Ltd., Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd., and Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd.
2012 The “Act for Partial Revision of the Postal Service Privatization Act and others” went into effect, Japan Post Service and Japan Post Network merged, and Japan Post Co., Ltd. established.
Japan Post Group comprised Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan Post Co., Ltd., Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd. and Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd.
2015 Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd. listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd. listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd. listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

(As of March 31, 2017)

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