History

History

1971 Opening of the first Apan777 Ekimae Hall outside of Toyotashi Station (November 19).
1982-1986 Opening of 5 Apan777 halls.
1987 Establishment of ZENT Corporation (February 26). Founded by Yorio Tsuzuki.
1987-1991 Opening of 8 Apan777 halls.
Renewal of the Akatsuka Hall and introduction of CR (prepaid card reading) machines throughout the hall, making it the first such hall in Aichi.
1992 Opening of the Apan777 Nagakute Hall (April 26).
Acquisition of the nickname of "ZAZ," and attachment of a gallery and more.
Introduction of a prize corner to the Apan777 Umetsubo Hall featuring convenience store-style prizes (July 20).
1993 Completion of the company headquarters in Wakamiya-cho, Toyota-shi (April 7).
Acceptance of the Toyota Cityscape Prize (award of excellence) the same year.
1994 Opening of the Apan777 Yoshiwara Hall (August 4).
1995 Renovation of the Apan777 Kosaka Hall into a non-smoking hall (April 26).
Opening of the Apan777 Oshimizu Hall (July 7).
Installation of virtual golf.
Reopening of the Apan777 Ekimae Hall after renovation (November 17).
Acquisition of the nickname of "REPOS" and internet activation at a time when it was not yet widespread.
1996 Reopening of the Apan777 Wakabayashi Hall (June 18) and acquisition of the nickname of "ViVO."
Opening of the ZENT Ueji Hall (December 21), and acquisition of the nickname "Mega Hall Noah."
Addition of TV monitors in all machines, and installation of double seats, a prize corner featuring street-style prizes, and more.
Addition of a convenience store to the premises.
1997 Opening of the ZENT Wagogaoka Hall in a large restaurant area (February 15).
Installation of an authentic wine cellar to the Apan777 Akatsuka Hall (December 1).
Beginning of the ZENT Transportation Service, using welfare vehicles (November).
1998 Opening of the ZENT Sumiyoshi Hall (April 18).
1999 First expansion into Gifu through the opening of the ZENT Ogaki Ekimae Hall (February 17).
Opening of the ZENT Seto Hall (June 23).
Reopening of the ZENT Hara Hall after renovation (December 23).
2000 August 5Opening of the ZENT Kisogawa Hall (nicknamed "G-ZONE").
ZENT's first large hall featuring over 1,000 machines.
2001 December 1Unification of all halls under the name "ZENT" in the aim of further development.
2002 December 22Opening of the ZENT Fuso Hall.
Introduction of the in-hall food and drink service, Tstyle, and attachment of a Sugakiya and child care center.
2003 December 31Accumulation of over 100 billion yen in annual sales.
2005 November 29Introduction of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machines into all halls.
2006 March 1Recognition of the ZENT Kosaka Hall by the city of Toyota as the first pachinko hall to take measures against passive smoking.
2006 November 1Acquisition of a certificate of appreciation for the ZENT Transportation Service by the Toyota Social Welfare Council.
2006 December 31Merging of ZENT with Amity and Aizen (surviving company being ZENT Corporation) in order to improve group management efficiency.
Merging of Kisho and Zent (surviving company being Kisho Co., Ltd.) at the same time.
2007 Opening of the 3 Inazawa (July 14), Sakahogi (July 28), and Kani (November 23) halls as part of the Company Foundation's 20th Anniversary Project.
Attachment of flower shops for the first time to all 3 halls.
First trial within Japan at the Kani hall as a newly built large scale hall with 1,000 machines operating completely smoke-free.
Growth to a number of over 10,000 machines throughout the company.
2008 December 6Reopening of the ZENT Sumiyoshi Hall after complete remodeling.
2010 January 1Inauguration of Hiroshi Okuda, Senior Advisor for Toyota Motor Corporation (at the time), as this company's auditor (until March 2012).
2010 August 1Beginning of the Three-year Project.
2010 November 18Beginning of service training by Miyako Hirabayashi, head of the Elegant Manner School.
2010 December 15Reopening of the ZENT Wakabayashi Hall and ZENT Nagakute Hall after reconstruction.
Renaming of the Wakabayashi Hall as the "ToyotaHonten Hall" at the same time.
2011 January 1Absorption of Kisho Co., Ltd.
2011 April 1Beginning of the introduction of the Simple System, a ball counting device within each machine, starting with the ToyotaHonten Hall.
2011 June 10Opening of the ZENT Okazaki Interchange Hall, with 1,526 machines; the largest number in the Tokai area.
Attachment of a women-only rest area and Lawson.
2012 April 6Opening of the ZENT Tajimi Hall, the 10th large hall with over 1,000 machines.
Growth to a number of over 15,000 machines throughout the company.
2012 December 27Opening of the ZENT Ichinotsubo Hall.
Installation of solar panels and creation of green walls in consideration of the environment.
Acceptance of the 2014 Gifu Cityscape Honorable Mention (construction department) as the first pachinko hall to receive such an award, in recognition of these efforts.
2013 April 1Inauguration of Yoshio Tsuzuki as President and CEO.
Beginning of the FLY! ZENT Campaign.
2013 April 25Opening of the ZENT Kakamigahara Hall, and installation of ball counting devices within some slot machines for the first time.
2013 July 4Registration as an "Aichi family-friendly company" for actively creating a work environment that promotes balance between work and life.
2013 December 26Reopening of the ZENT Ueji Hall after complete remodeling.
2014 April 25Opening of the ZENT Nagoya Kita Hall, with one of the largest numbers of machines in Japan (2,100 machines).
Addition of a Komeda's Coffee and dry cleaner to the premises.
2014 April 26Reopening of the ZENT Idaka Hall after reconstruction.
2014 Conclusion of the "Memorandum Regarding Aid Given Between Communities and Companies in Instances of Large-scale Disaster" with Kawanaka School District's Disaster Prevention and Urban Planning Committee in Kita-ku, Nagoya-shi (September 1).
Acceptance of the city of Toyota's grand prize, "Recognition of Companies with Active and Shining Workers" (September 25).
Approval by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Kurumin approval) for accreditation as a "Company Supporting Child Care" (October 1).
2014 December 1Establishment of a new Nagoya Office as a base for recruiting.
2014 December 31Accumulation of over 200 billion yen in annual sales.
2015 March 3Conclusion of the "Agreement Regarding Reception of Evacuees and Others in Instances of Disaster" with the city of Toyota.
2015 May 26Strengthening of security, and complete remodeling of the company headquarters to update its interior.
2015 August 1Donation of 18 street surveillance cameras to the Nishibiwajima Crime Prevention Association and the Inazawa Crime Prevention Association.
2016 April 1Beginning of the Play More Campaign.
Use of Beat Takeshi as a celebrity spokesperson.
2016 December 13Beginning tax-exclusive pricing and introduction of "Purapachi" and "Purasuro," starting with the ToyotaHonten Hall.