It was one of the most infamous companies in Japan, rocking the nation with a corporate scandal that ousted a prime minister and then nearly collapsing under a mountain of debt.

Now, Recruit Holdings Co. is back, reinvented by a group of employees who quietly turned the magazine publisher and job placement firm into an internet giant that touches the lives of almost every consumer in the world's third-biggest economy.

If Recruit were a U.S. company, it would be like having LinkedIn, Zillow, Yelp, eHarmony,, Square and dozens of other apps all under one roof.