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About Panasonic

Panasonic Konosuke Matsushita Museum

Short Stories about the Museum
Konosuke Matsushita and Nakagawa Komuten
You will find a commemorative plaque displayed in the President's Room that has been reproduced at the Konosuke Matsushita Museum. This plaque was affixed to the upper part of the structure when the new head office of Panasonic was being built in Kadoma, in 1933. It was revealed and retrieved when the building was demolished at the end of 1967.

On the commemorative plaque, you will read “Nakamura Komuten” as the name of the builder. In 1920, just as Konosuke was buying a site for his new factory, the president of Nakamura Komuten happened to purchase a neighboring site from the same landowner. So, he lived next-door to Konosuke's factory.

As a result, the two men got to know each other. The office and factory buildings occupied by the company during its early years, including those in Ohiraki-cho and the first ones in Kadoma, were built by Nakagawa Komuten.

One day, the president of Nakagawa Komuten asked Konosuke, “Which of your products are selling well, these days?" Konosuke replied: "Battery lamps are selling well at the moment. I am currently experimenting with wooden templates for molding the casings. Would you like to come to my home and help me to finish them?” Accepting the invitation, the president of Nakagawa Komuten made for Konosuke the wooden templates for molding the casings for bullet-shaped bicycle lamps.

By 1922, Konosuke's company was receiving so many orders that it became impossible to process them all at the existing workshop, despite Konosuke's many attempts to improve it. At that point, Konosuke decided to build a head office and a factory in Ohiraki-cho. He designed the factory layout himself, and had a stereographic drawing produced based on his design. Konosuke remembered how he felt when he first saw the drawing: “What a difference from our existing workshop! I began to find new meaning in what I was doing in my life.” He was thrilled to see the progress of construction work: “I was so happy about the construction that I went every day to see how it was progressing, taking short breaks from my work, whenever I had the chance.”



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