• SHARE

* April 1996 — Takafumi Horie sets up Livin’ on the Edge Inc., a Web site design firm, in Tokyo while a University of Tokyo student.

* April 2000 — Livin’ on the Edge lists its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Mothers market for startups.

* November 2002 — Livin’ on the Edge takes over operations of Internet service provider Livedoor Co.

* April 2003 — Livin’ on the Edge changes its name to Edge Co.

* February 2004 — Edge changes its name to Livedoor Co.

* March 2004 — Livedoor buys a majority stake in Nippon Global Securities Co.

* March 2004 — ValueClick Japan Inc. becomes a Livedoor subsidiary.

* June 2004 — The Kintetsu Buffaloes professional baseball team rejects a buyout offer from Livedoor.

* July 2004 — Nippon Global Securities changes its name to Livedoor Securities Co.

* October 2004 — ValueClick says it will make publisher Money Life a wholly owned subsidiary.

* January 2005 — ValueClick makes publisher Money Life a wholly owned subsidiary.

* February 2005 — Livedoor becomes Nippon Broadcasting System Inc.’s largest shareholder, with a 35 percent stake in the firm.

* March 2005 — Tokyo District Court bars NBS from issuing share warrants to Fuji Television Network Inc. to foil Livedoor’s hostile takeover bid. Livedoor boosts its NBS stake to more than 50 percent. The Tokyo High Court upholds the district court ruling in favor of Livedoor.

* April 2005 — Livedoor, Fuji TV form an alliance, settling the NBS dispute.

* September 2005 — Horie runs in the Hiroshima No. 6 district in the general election, but fails to win a seat.

* Jan. 16, 2006 — Prosecutors search Livedoor headquarters, Horie’s home, and other locations on suspicion of securities law violations.

* Jan. 20, 2006 — Prosecutors question Livedoor executives, including Chief Financial Officer Ryoji Miyauchi.

* Jan. 23, 2006 — Prosecutors arrest Livedoor President Horie, Miyauchi and two other Livedoor executives.

* Jan. 24, 2006 — Horie is replaced as the head of Livedoor.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW