Nurturing Dreams ――My Path in Life (日本語書名『夢を育てる――わが歩みし道』)

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Handicapped by poor health, lack of formal schooling, and the early loss of his parents and siblings, Konosuke Matsushita seemed destined for loneliness and misfortune, yet he 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 strove to put into practice throughout the years.
Many of the anecdotes contained in this autobiography reflect the background of postwar Japan and its industrialization within the global economy. The fundamental spirit and ideals expressed are universal and should provide food for thought for readers of any background.

Nurturing Dreams ――My Path in Life


Foreword ·
Part One
1. My Father’s Rice Exchange Failure
2. Apprenticeships ·
3. The Electric Light Company
4. Manufacturing Sockets
5. Founding the Company that Would Become Panasonic
6. The 1927 Financial Panic
7. The Era of Growth
8. Saved by the Labor Union
Part Two
9. A Fresh Start and a Visit to America
10. The Joint Venture with Philips
11. Nakagawa Electric and Victor of Japan
12. The Five-Year Plan to Quadruple Sales ·
13. Expanding Exports
14. My Years as Chairman ·
15. Pointing to the Dangers of “Income Doubling” ·
16. Leading the Company through the Mid-Sixties Slump
17. Dam-Style Management and the Five-Day Workweek ·
18. Exceeding European Wage Levels and Management as Art
19. The Fiftieth Founding Anniversary
20. Promoting Regional Renewal and the Matsushita Pavilion at Expo ’70
21. Retirement and New Resolve
Timeline of Konosuke Matsushita
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