Company History The founding of Merit 5 in Tokyo in 1987 coincided with the launch of City Life News, an innovative English-language lifestyle periodical for foreign residents of Japan. That project gained us widespread recognition and signaled a surge in media oriented toward specific audiences as Japan’s foreign community changed and grew. Many government agencies and official associations began asking us to create foreign-language newsletters and informational pamphlets that provide lifestyle information to foreign residents. Our business of producing company profiles and annual reports grew thanks to our foreign-language editorial capabilities. City Life News subsequently progressed from print media to the online realm, and this led to our involvement in foreign-language website production.