Konosuke Matsushita The Man, The Vision, The Company
This video shows the life of a Japanese industrialist, Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic. He was no ordinary man. Forced to discontinue his education after four years of elementary school, he was apprenticed at the age of nine to a craftsman, his first step toward a career in business. Handicapped by poor health, lack of formal schooling, and the early loss of his parents and siblings to illness, he seemed destined for loneliness and misfortune, yet managed to rise above these obstacles and carve a place for himself in the world of business. Out of his varied experience and travails grew a humanistic philosophy of life that he has striven throughout the years to put into practice, earning for himself a reputation as “philosopher-businessman.”
Many of the accounts and anecdotes contained in this video reflect the background of the times and the uniquely Japanese setting. But the fundamental spirit and ideals expressed are universal and should provide food for thought for viewers of any background.