Photo: Doanh Doanh (VET)
Museum opening part of celebrations of Panasonic Corporation's 100th anniversary.
by Doanh Doanh
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The Panasonic Corporation officially celebrated the opening of the Panasonic Museum in Kadoma City, Osaka, on March 7, on the same day in 1918 the company was founded by legendary business leader Mr. Konosuke Matsushita. The Panasonic Museum will be open to the public from March 9.
The Panasonic Museum consists of the Konosuke Matsushita Museum, the Hall of Manufacturing Ingenuity, and the Sakura Hiroba, a sakura garden, or cherry trees, which was opened in April 2006. Adjacent to the Sakura Hiroba lies the former home of Mr. Matsushita. The home was built as the founder’s residence when he relocated the head office and factory to the site in Kadoma. The company plans to open the house to the public on a limited basis in the future.
As visitors walk the path of Mr. Matsushita’s 94-year life they can learn about the numerous hardships he overcame that shaped his views on management and life. The museum has translation services in nine languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Spanish.
The Konosuke Matsushita Museum, which is newly constructed, is a faithful reproduction of the company’s third head office building completed in 1933, with the same appearance and at exactly the same location as the old building. Here visitors will be guided through a path of exhibits that introduce them to the 94 years of the founder’s life, his thoughts on business and his management philosophy.
The former Konosuke Matsushita Museum was renamed the Hall of Manufacturing Ingenuity after renovations. The building now houses around 150 home appliances, organized by category, which were carefully selected from among the Panasonic products offered over the past 100 years. Visitors can also trace the history of advertising by the company. Furthermore, a treasure house containing about 400 products that marked the company’s history will also be open for viewing.
Additionally, three modern works of art have been placed on the premises as monuments to commemorate the 100th anniversary, as well as symbolizing the future development of the company as it steps into the next 100 years.
Going forward, Panasonic will enhance the permanent exhibits while hosting field trips for children, who will lead the next generation, and workshops for the general public.
Address: 1006 Kadoma, Kadoma City, Osaka
Land Area: 25,329.7 sq m (Sakura Hiroba: 16,198 sq m)
Floor Area: Konosuke Matsushita Museum: 1,906.19 sq m;
Hall of Manufacturing Ingenuity: 1,418.58 sq m
Design & Construction: Takenaka Corporation
The Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 495 subsidiaries and 91 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.343 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2017. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers.
- Panasonic 100 years