The Amazing History of Panasonic, Which Was Founded 100 Years Ago by a 23-Year-Old
Japanese electronics company Panasonic started out making parts and expanded to producing entire appliances. The company survived World War II, simultaneously benefitting from a postwar abundance period and struggling to navigate the political aftermath. It also weathered various economic crises. Panasonic has pivoted regularly, expanded globally and today continues to look toward the future of technology, including teaming up with Tesla. Here is a brief history of the company's first century:
Panasonic was founded on March 7, 1918, by Konosuke Matsushita, who was 23 years old at the time. Previously, he'd been living in a two-room tenement with his wife, Mumeno Iue, and her teenage brother, Toshio. After working as an apprentice to hibachi and bicycle makers and working for the Osaka Electric Light Company, Matsushita had come up with a design for a new kind of light socket...
by Idham Azhari