1. World Class Company – exhibition center tour – TOSHIBA 130 years anniversary exhibition ②
TOKYO, Japan (AVING Special Report on ‘World Class Brand in Japan’) — <Visual News>
“We welcome orders for inventions of all types of machinery”
‘Brick town’ established under the motto ‘We welcome orders for inventions of all types of machinery’ in Ginza in1875, was the prototype of TOSHIBA. Hisashige Tanaka, the founder and who people dubbed as ‘the genius of mechanical wonders’, was one of the greatest inventors of awesome machines at that time in Japan, and had contributed to establish a national telegraphic communication system by the command of Japanese government.
TOSHIBA’s another founder ‘Ichisuke Fujioka’ has been known as ‘the father of Electronic’ in Japan. In 1884, on a tour of the United States, he met Thomas Edison, the ‘King of Inventors’, and reportedly pledged to devoted himself to establishing a Japanese electric power industry. After returning home, he set up his own firm Hakunetsu-sha (which became ‘Tokyo Electric’ in 1884) and started to develop an economical, durable light bulb including an incandescent light bulbs and went on to lay the foundations for a domestic electric power industry that could hold its own against the European and Americans.
Daikichi Tanaka, a pupil of Hisashige Tanaka, established ‘Shibaura Engineering Works’ in 1939, which merged with ‘Tokyo Electric’ founded by Ichisuke Fujioka under the name of ‘Tokyo Shibaura Electric’. Later this company has been eventually known to the world as ‘TOSHIBA’.
(Picture: a gift that Edison gave to Japanese inventors)
(Picture: Ichisuke Fujioka, another founder of TOSHIBA. He devoted himself to the development of Japanese electric power industry after meeting Edison)
(Picture: historical inventions of Hisashige Tanaka, the founder of TOSHIBA. This clock was designed to measure the longitude. Japanese government embarked on a national project to dismantle and recover this invention in 2004)
<AVING Special Report Team in Tokyo: Editor&Publisher, Kevin Choi, Phobe Kwon, Annie Park, Hyunok Kim, Jongmin Lee correspondents of AVING to Japan, edited by Daniel Sirh>