Tokai Communications

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Tokai Communications
Type Operating subsidiary
Traded as (JASDAQ: 2306)
Industry Telecommunications, Video game developer/publisher
Founded March 18, 1977[1]
Headquarters

TOKAI Building

Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture[1], Japan
Revenue ¥46,827,000,000 (2011)[1]
Profit ¥38,096,000,000 (2010)[1]
Employees 1,127(as of April 2, 2012)[1]
Parent Tokai Holdings Corporation[2]
Website www.tokai-com.co.jp

Tokai Communication Inc (known as Vic Tokai Corporation until 2011) is a telecommunications company in Japan providing DSL services as well as network solutions. Its headquarters are located in the Tokai Building (TOKAIビル Tokai Biru?) in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture.[1] In North America, the company is best known for its video games during the late 1980s to the late 1990s.

History[edit]

Vic Tokai was founded on March 18, 1977 as a CATV service provider. The following year, in 1978, it adopted the name of Vic Tokai. The "Vic" in Vic Tokai's name stood for Valuable Information & Communication while the "Tokai" is the name of its parent company TOKAI, a Japanese natural gas utility founded in 1950.

Vic Tokai began data processing and to start selling computer hardware on April 1982, a sector that until then was handled by parent TOKAI and in 1983 started developing online and graphic applications for offices computers.

On April 1987, parent company TOKAI handed its remaining computer-related branches such as electronic calculation and operational sections to Vic Tokai, thus making the latter company able to handle data processing single-handed. Vic Tokai expanded in 1988 when it acquired another telecommunication company. Also in 1988 the company launched its first system consulting software.

The 1990s saw a number of new products by Vic Tokai available to the Japanese market. In 1993 Vic Tokai introduced its first version of its long running (and still existing) lineup of network solution products called the "TOP-VENUS". Later, Vic Tokai released its own Electronic Data Interchange package known as the JFT (Java File Transfer) in 1996. Then in 1998 Vic Tokai came up with its "Knowledge Stage" lineup which is dedicated to help companies developing their Intranet.

On April 2000 Vic Tokai merged with another CATV company that also provided Internet connection. As a result, Vic Tokai immediately became an Internet service provider itself; and a year after, on April 2001, entered the ADSL market. Vic Tokai would soon established a partnership with Japanese peer-to-peer Internet exchange company JPIX.

As the company continues to grow, Vic Tokai earned its place in the market listing of the JASDAQ as of June 2002.

By March 2005, Vic Tokai had completed the built of its own high-capacity optical fibre network infrastructure between Tokyo and Nagoya to improve network support for its Internet service customers and enterprises. Vic Tokai continued its expansion on October 2005 when it merged again, this time with Tokai Broadband Communications, enabling Vic Tokai to enter the mobile broadband industry.

In April 1, 2011, Vic Tokai and (then) parent company Tokai Corporation jointly created Tokai Holdings Corporation, a new shell entity to oversee the operation of both companies (as well as other subsidiaries).[2][3] In October of that year, Vic Tokai was renamed Tokai Communications following a change of structure.[4]

In April 2012, the CATV operations of Tokai Communications were spun off in a new company called Tokai Cable Network.[4]

Video games[edit]

Vic Tokai was from 1986 to 1998 a video game developer that manufactured both console and PC games, as well as publishing games from developers like Kronos Digital Entertainment. The now defunct Vic Tokai Inc division in Torrance, California was tasked with localizing games in North America.


Title Date Developer Platform(s) Region(s)
Aerostar 1991 Vic Tokai Game Boy Worldwide
Aigiina no Yogen: From the Legend of Balubalouk 1986 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Commodore 64 Worldwide
Aigina's Prophecy 1986 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System North America
All-Pro Basketball (Zenbei!! Pro Basketball in Japan) 1989 Aicom Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Amagon (Totsuzen! Machoman in Japan) 1989, 1988 Aicom Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Battle Mania (Trouble Shooter in North America) 1992, 1991 Vic Tokai Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Japan, North America
Battle Mania Daiginjou 1993 Vic Tokai Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Japan
Block Gal 1987 Vic Tokai Arcade Japan
Bump 'n' Jump (Buggy Popper in Japan) 1986, 1988 Data East Nintendo Entertainment System Japan, North America
Chester Field: Ankoku Shin heno Chousen 1987 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Commodore 64 Worldwide
Clash at Demonhead 1989, 1990 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Japan, North America
Conflict 1989, 1990 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Japan, North America
Columns 3 1993 Sega Sega Genesis North America
Criticom 1995–1997 Vic Tokai PlayStation, Sega Saturn Worldwide
Daedalian Opus (Bouken! Puzzle Road in Japan) 1990 Vic Tokai Game Boy North America, Japan
Dark Rift (Space Dynamites in Japan) 1997 Kronos Digital Entertainment Nintendo 64, PC Worldwide
Dark Seed 1994 Cyberdreams Sega CD Cancelled
Decap Attack 1990, 1991 Vic Tokai Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Worldwide
Diggers 2: Extractors 1995 Nova Spring Super Nintendo North America
Flink 1994 Psygnosis Sega CD North America, Europe
The Gene Machine 1996 Divide By Zero DOS North America
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode 1988 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System Japan, North America
Imperium (Kidou Soukou Dion in Japan) 1992 Vic Tokai Super Nintendo North America, Japan
Kick Off 3: European Challenge 1994 Anco Software Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Europe
Kid Kool (Kakefu Kimi no Jump Tengoku in Japan) 1990, 1988 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
King Salmon: The Big Catch 1992 Vic Tokai Sega Mega Drive North America, Japan
The Krion Conquest (Magical Kids Doropie in Japan) 1991, 1990 Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Laplace no Ma 1995 Hummingbird Soft Super Nintendo Japan
Lock On 1993 Copya Systems Super NES North America
The Mafat Conspiracy (Golgo 13 The Riddle of Icarus in Japan) 1990 Aicom Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Mansion of Hidden Souls 1993 Vic Tokai Sega CD, Sega Saturn North America
Psycho Fox 1989 Vic Tokai Sega Master System North America, Japan
S.O.S. 1994 Human Entertainment Super Nintendo North America
The Scroll 1995 Vic Tokai DOS Worldwide
Secret Ties (Master Thief Sugar in Japan) 1991 (Canceled) Vic Tokai Nintendo Entertainment System North America, Japan
Shien's Revenge 1994 Almanic Super Nintendo North America
Shinseiki Odysselya 1993 Vic Tokai Super Nintendo Japan
Shinseiki Odysselya 2 1995 Vic Tokai Super Nintendo Japan
Shinobi Legions 1995 Sega Sega Saturn North America
SilverLoad 1996 Vic Tokai PlayStation, DOS North America
Socket: Time Dominator 1993 Vic Tokai Sega Mega Drive/Genesis North America, Japan
Super Conflict 1993 Vic Tokai Super Nintendo North America
Time Slip 1993 The Sales Curve Super Nintendo North America
Top Gear 2 1994 Gremlin Interactive Sega Mega Drive/Genesis North America
Whip Rush 1990 Vic Tokai Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Worldwide

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Company profile. Retrieved on November 14, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Stock Quote News. Retrieved on November 14, 2012.
  3. ^ VIC TOKAI CORP-CB/A-20101220 Retrieved on November 14, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Tokai Corporation Company profile Retrieved on November 14, 2012.

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