Special Exhibition: Kadoma and Konosuke Matsushita—Sparking Further Growth (with the assistance of Kadoma City and Keihan Holdings Co., Ltd.); Saturday, April 28 to Saturday, June 30

Konosuke Matsushita Museum Kadoma and Konosuke Matsushita—Sparking Further Growth

Dates: Saturday, April 28 to Saturday, June 30, 2018

In 1932, Konosuke Matsushita realized his true mission as an industrialist. In the very next year, he moved Matsushita Electric to Kadoma to spark further growth.
Why did Matsushita Electric move to Kadoma? How did the company develop following the move? How did the community it settled within change along with it?
This exhibition looks back at that time with a sense of gratitude.

With the assistance of Kadoma City and Keihan Holdings Co., Ltd.

Leaflet (PDF: 1.24 MB)

From foundation to Meichi

After founding the company in Ohiraki-cho, Osaka, business grew to incorporate wiring fixtures, battery-powered lamps, electric heaters, and radios. Amid this growth, Konosuke came to realize, in the spring of 1932, his true mission as an industrialist.

After that point, the business grew rapidly. Konosuke had secured some land in Kadoma to build a staff training school, but he then purchased additional land, having decided to construct new factories there.

The third head office was thus completed in July 1933, with its inauguration ceremony occurring on September 18 of that year.

A base for manufacturing radios

As the manufacturing base for radios, then the company's primary business, the Kadoma factory helped the company achieve great growth. You can see one of the actual wooden cabinet radios that were built then, in the Hall of Manufacturing Ingenuity at the Panasonic Museum.

Kadoma City and Matsushita Electric

During Japan's period of rapid economic growth, the number of employees increased due to expansion of Matsushita Electric's factories, and the number of small- to medium-sized subcontractors in the areas also increased. As such, both the population and economy of Kadoma saw huge expansion. The progress of Matsushita Electric was such that Kadoma became known as the "Home Appliance Town" throughout Japan. The company's presence was of such significance that it was even suggested that Kadoma change its municipal name to Matsushita.

1006 Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma-shi

Within the Kadoma area, radio manufacturing, the components business, and Matsushita Electric Works all flourished. Although the company's head office has had relocation over the years, on paper the company has continued to be based, without change, at 1006 Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma-shi.