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May 11, 2005

Jukus to Cram Together

Major Kansai-based "juku" operator Win is to merge with Kanto rival Shuugakusha on October 1. The company will continue to operate under the Win name. Win (Winning Information Network), established in Osaka in 1973, runs private night-schools, or cram schools, that teach the major academic subjects from 1st to 12th grade. The company also runs an English conversation course called EZ Kids' Club, as well as TOEIC preparation. Its strong area is considered to be high school entrance exams. It has annual sales of almost ¥2.1 billion (as of 3rd quarter, 2004). Shuugakusha, which operates under the name Shidoukai and concentrates on junior high school entrance exams, has 16 schools in and around Tokyo.

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