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1950 - 1959

  • Plant to employ the visually impaired incorporated as Tokusen Metal Limited Partnership
  • Establishes business principles called the Five Accumulations of Competency
  • Successfully develops prototype TV set
  • Begins publication of Sharp News, an information magazine for retailers
  • Special bus begins touring the country to advertise Sharp radios and TVs
  • Signs cooperative agreement with RCA of the US for TV technology
  • Forms Sharp Friends Club to strengthen ties between dealers, retailers, and the company
  • Begins full-scale mass production of first Japan-made TV sets (TV3-14T)
  • Constructs TV plant at the head office (now Tanabe Plant, Osaka) and installs endless conveyor system
  • Opens Ikutoku-en nursery school
  • Formulates in-house standards (HS: Hayakawa Standards)
  • Spins off sales division to establish Sharp Electric Co.
  • Constructs new building for Osaka Head Office
  • Constructs new building for Tokyo Branch in Taito-ku, Tokyo
  • Establishes Tokyo Sharp Geppan to sell Sharp products on monthly installment system; Sharp Geppan companies subsequently established nationwide
  • Constructs Hirano Plant No. 2 in Higashi-sumiyoshi-ku (now Hirano-ku), Osaka
  • Releases transistor radios
  • Establishes laboratory
  • Begins publication of Mado, an in-house magazine
  • Sharp Electric merges with Hayakawa Dengyo, a company that sold fluorescent lighting
  • Sharp Shoji and QRK Shokai (exclusive Sharp dealer) combined to form Osaka Sharp Sales (regional sales companies subsequently established)
  • Institutes Sharp Friend Shop system; Sharp Friend Shop Associations formed nationwide
  • Begins R&D on solar cells
  • Constructs Yao Plant as company moves to become a comprehensive consumer electronics manufacturer
  • Expands sales network in Southeast Asia by signing dealer agreements with Sampo Electronics and Roxy Electric

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