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First Steps: Telecommunications (1923-1949)

"Computers" is the first thing that comes to mind for many people when they think of Fujitsu. But since its foundation, Fujitsu has striven to strengthen the very fabric of society with its innovative information and communications technologies.

1923

Historical Events

  • Great Kanto Earthquake destroys much of Tokyo's public infrastructure

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and Siemens AG of Germany establish Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. to spur domestic production of generators and electric motors in Japan

1924

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Fuji Electric begins importing and selling telephones and"step-by-step" automatic switching systems made by Siemens AG

1929

Historical Events

  • Start of Great Depression

Fujitsu Milestones


1931

Historical Events

  • Japan's Ministry of Communications and Transportation promotes domestic production of switching equipment

Fujitsu Milestones

 Telephone advertisement in the 1930's


1933

Historical Events

  • New Deal in U.S.A.

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Fuji Electric delivers its first self-developed"step-by-step" automatic switching system to Ministry of Communications and Transportation

1934

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Fuji Electric recognized by Japan's Ministry of Communications and Transportation as official manufacturer of"step-by-step" automatic switching systems

1935

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing Corporation (currently Fujitsu Limited) established as an offshoot of Fuji Electric's Communications Division (capitalized at 3 million yen with 700 employees)
  • Acquires carrier device production license from Siemens AG

1937

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Recognized by Japan's Ministry of Communications and Transportation as official manufacturer of non-loaded cable carrier devices

1938

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Completes new plant in Kawasaki (now site of Kawasaki Research & Manufacturing Facilities). Relocates company from Fuji Electric's Kawasaki plant

 New plant is completed in Kawasaki


1939

Historical Events

  • Outbreak of Second World War

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Ventures into radio transmission field

1940

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Delivers Japan's first domestically produced"T-type" automatic switching system to Japanese Ministry of Communications and Transportation
  • Starts production of power-line carrier devices

1941

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Kawazu Wireless Electric Co., Ltd. (currently Fujitsu Telecom Networks Limited) becomes part of the Fujitsu Group

1942

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Opens Suzaka plant for mass production of telephones and telecommunications devices

1944

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Kanaiwa Kousakusho Co., Ltd. (currently Fujitsu Frontech Limited) becomes part of the Fujitsu Group

1945

Historical Events

  • End of Second World War

Fujitsu Milestones

  • At the end of WWII, Fuji Tsushinki's telephone equipment helps restore Japan's telecommunications infrastructure devastated by the War. As a result, Fujitsu is granted government recognition by the Japanese Ministry of Telecommunications as an officially approved telephone developer and manufacturer

1946

Historical Events

  • ENIAC, the world's first electronic computer, completed in U.S.A.

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Establishes Tokyo Office as sales organization

1949

Historical Events

  • Dodge Line
  • Exchange rate is fixed at 360 yen to the dollar
  • Hideki Yukawa is the first Japanese to win the Nobel Prize

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Lists company's stock on the newly reopened Tokyo Stock Exchange

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				Product milestones
Fujitsu has inspired many of the enabling breakthroughs in information and communication technologies over the last century or so. Here you can find out more about the major product and development milestones that shaped company history.