Death of company founder Konosuke Matsushita
81-year-old Matsushita and 80-year-old Mumeno participate in Japan Festival Parade celebrating America's Bicentennial.
Pursuing his aspirations for the 21st century
Konosuke Matsushita died on April 27, 1989, at the age of 94.
After leaving his hometown at age nine, he went on to build Panasonic into one of the world's largest and most successful electronics manufacturers, and evolved a unique philosophy of management that remains his legacy to the business world.
The announcement of his death brought messages of condolence from international dignitaries, including U.S. President George Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita.
On this sad occasion for the Panasonic Group, President Tanii encouraged employees to continue to pursue Konosuke Matsushita's immortal ideals of contribution to society through business, telling them, "Do not pursue what he already achieved, pursue what he would have pursued."
On September 5, 1993, Mumeno Matsushita died at age 97.
Since the company's inception, she was a strong supporter of her husband, and was particularly interested in the welfare of employees and their families.
84-year-old Matsushita in Malaysia to receive the Pangrima Mank Negara Award.
84-year-old Matsushita on the Great Wall of China (bottomcenter left).
78-year-old Matsushita in the Japanese garden at Shinshin-an.
92-year-old Matsushita receiving the Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers at age 92.