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Located in Osaka, the Kounosuke Matsushita Historical Museum tracks the history of the company, from light bulb to rugged notebook
More whitegoods. Panasonic has always enjoyed a wide portfolio.
The first radio produced by Panasonic (then operating under the brand "National," a brand that has only finally been retired from the Japan homeland in the past year).
TVs have been a staple of Panasonic's product line throughout most of its history.
The man who started it all. Kounosuke Matsushita was so far forward thinking that he set his company a 250-year business plan, which forms a core part of the modern business philosophy for Panasonic.
National also branched into whitegoods early, as a core philosophy of Kounosuke Matsushita was to improve happiness through manufacturing. On the left is a washing machine.
Jump forward to today, and like most Japanese electronics vendors, Panasonic has produced its fair share of the weird, wonderful and fun designs.
It didn't take long for the early successes to start to lead to branching product lines for the fledgling manufacturer.
Recognising the value of advertising, Kounosuke Matsushita advertised his company in the newspapers at the time from a very early stage.
An early, very primative TV.
The statue of Kounosuke Matsushita that stands in front of the museum.
A view of the massive Panasonic business campus from outside of the museum.
Inside, the wall of photos that marks important people and moments in Panasonic's long history.
The first product ever produced by Panasonic was this, the lightbulb.
The innards of early electronics.
The first product released under the Panasonic brand (then PanaSonic).
What set the product apart was Kounosuke Matsushita's designs. As an inventor he held a number of personal patents.
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