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Kumon celebrates its 50th Anniversary

2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Kumon, a franchise running math & reading centers offering after-school education programs for school children. At the beginning of the year, the company placed announcements in leading publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times to thank its four million customers.

Deven Klein, vice president of Kumon franchising, commented on the market saying, “The education industry is burgeoning. Tutoring is a widespread option for an increasing number of families in the United States.”

Founded in Osaka, Japan, 50 years ago, Kumon now has a network of around 26,000 centers in 45 countries across the globe. According to the figures provided by the company, the average Kumon Center enrollment in the United States has increased by 55 percent over the past five years and the company has 80,000 more U.S. students than in 2002. In 2007, Kumon signed 84 franchise agreements in the USA, the equivalent of a 13 percent increase compared to the year before. Kumon currently has approx. 1,280 centers in the United States and, according to Deven Klein, the company is planning to open up a further 120 this year.


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