1910 - 1926
- Established as Nippon Phonograph Co., the predecessor of Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc. (Then president : Fredrick W. Horn)
- Released single-sided records on labels such as Symphony, Royal, American, Universal and Globe.
- Introduced 4 models of Nipponophone, the first Japanese-made gramophone to the market.
- Sumako Matsui's "Song of Katyusha" became a country-wide hit.
- Double-sided records start to become the norm.
1926 - 1989
- Released first domestically pressed Columbia black vinyl records featuring western music.
- Marketed the Eagle gramophone.
- Adopted the Columbia brand name from US Columbia and standardized record logo to the current musical note.
- Raised the neon sign of the Columbia logo, which is the largest neon sign in Asia, on the roof of the Kawasaki factory.
- Announced a domestically produced TV set and demonstrated it in Takashimaya department store.
- Released "Marching song for beloved horse" and "Starting from a cup of coffee" by Noboru Kirishima and Misao Matsubara.
- Changed the company name to Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
- "The Apple Song" by Michiko Namiki became a big hit.
- Held the 1st Ei>Columbia Zenkoku Kayo KonkuruE(Columbia National Song Contest) in celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary.
- Released the first long playing (LP) record in Japan.
- Started the music entertainment program Ei>Columbia AwaE(Columbia Hour) at the same time as the launch of private TV broadcasting.
- Held the Ei>Columbia Dai Geino-saiE(Columbia Big Entertainment Festival) at the Kabukiza in celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary
- Launched Elepian, an electric piano.
- Acquired Nihon Electric Sound Co.
- Developed the DL-103 cartridge in conjunction with NHK.
- Completed construction of new Head Office Building in Akasaka. (Opening of the Akasaka Studio.)
- Established a business alliance with Hitachi, Ltd.
- Began sales of DENON products, including DP players and PMA amps.
- Released world's first CDs and CD players.
- Commenced full-scale video cassette sales.
- The CD player "DCD-1500" gained an excellent reputation both in Japan and overseas, including receiving the highest evaluation in the USA and Germany.
- Recorded a cumulated total production of 100 million music cassettes.
- Awarded the Japan Audio Society Prize for our promotion of digital recording.
Poster of when domestically pressed Columbia black vinyl records featuring western music first released.
Domestically produced TV set
- Hibari Misora, a renowned artist under exclusive contract passed away. Demand for her work, including "The Complete Works of Hibari Misoraquot", grew significantly.
- Completed the central research center in the Kawasaki pressing factory compound.
- Celebrated the company's 80th anniversary.
- Established a multimedia studio in Yoyogi, Tokyo.
- Transferred the AV/media device section to a separate company, DENON, Ltd.
- Changed the company name to Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc.
- Spun off the main production operation of the Kawasaki pressing factory into a separate company, Columbia Digital Media, Inc.
- Closed Columbia Akasaka Studio.
- Moved the Head Office from Akasaka to Roppongi.
- Established Columbia Artist Management company.
- Acquired all shares of TDK Core, Ltd.
- Changed company name of TDK Core, Ltd. to Creative Core, Ltd.
- Moved Head Office from Roppongi to Toranomon.
- Consolidated Creative Core’s music, audio-visual, and game divisions into Nippon Columbia.
- Became a part of the Faith Group.
- Celebrated the company’s 100th anniversary Changed the company name back from Columbia Music Entertainment Co., Ltd to Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd
- Held a convention in commemoration of the company’s 100th anniversary.
- Established Future Records KK as a joint venture company with Faith Inc.
- Established Columbia Marketing Co., Ltd.
- Acquired 100% shareholdings in Omagatoki Co., Ltd. and Sirius Co., Ltd.
- Became a Wholly-owned Subsidiary of Faith, Inc.