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History of Fujitsu 1959-1969
A Decade of Bold Moves (1959-1969)
With the FACOM100, Fujitsu had succeeded in developing a computer. But the company still wasn't ready to fully commit itself to the computer business. Fujitsu's fifth president, Kanjiro Okada, then made a crucial decision to bet the company's future on computers. The writing in the photograph, meaning"Infinite Growth" in Japanese, is a corporate slogan espoused by Okada. It was with this spirit of challenge that Okada carried out a series of business reforms aimed at making Fujitsu a leader in the computer industry.
- Opens Oyama plant for mass production of telecommunication equipment
- Delivers first FACOM212 parametron computer to Japan Electronic Industry Devlopment Association (currently JEITA, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association)
- Japanese Cabinet adopts"GNP doubling plan"
- Color television broadcast begins in Japan
- Unveils Japan's first open-loop numerically controlled device
- Soviet Union's Vostok 1 is first successful human spaceflight
- Unveils Fujitsu's first transistor based large-business computer, the FACOM222
- Changes corporate logo
- President Kanjiro Okada advocates"Infinite Growth"
- Starts delivery of C12MHz vacuum tube coaxial cable carrier devices (2700ch) to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation
- Begins commercial production of Type 600 Telephone
- Unveils 4MHz coaxial transistorized terminal equipment
- Exports Japan's first computer, the FACOM212 parametron computer, to Philippines
Type 600 Telephone
- Delivers Japan's first data communications system, FACOM 323, to Nikko Securities Co., Ltd.
- Unveils FACOM230-10. Fujitsu receives 1000 orders in the first five years, making the FACOM230-10 the best-selling domestically-produced computer in Japan at that time
- Delivers FACOM230 data communications system to the Japanese Ministry of Labor
- Annual production of Japan's electronics industry exceeds 1 trillion yen
- Begins mass production of integrated circuits(IC) at Kawasaki Plant
- Opens Nagano Plant for mass production of computers
- Launches"high reliability" campaign
- Begins delivery of PCM-24 carrier device
- The "FACOM Totalizator System" is completed and delivered to the Japan Racing Association, started its deliveries to NRA (Nippon Racing Association), current JRA (Japan Racing Associtation)
PCM-24 Digital Transmission Equipment
- Japan's population exceeds 100 million
- Environmental Pollution Protection Act goes into effect
- Formally changes Japanese name to Fujitsu Kabushiki Kaisha (Fujitsu Limited)
- Establishes New York Representative Office as first office outside Japan
- Opens Aizu Plant for mass production of acoustic equipment and semiconductor components
- In Japan, the number of telephone subscribers exceeds 10 million
- Japan's GNP ranks second in the world following the United States
- Establishes Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. Research and Development Center
- Establishes Fujitsu California Inc. as Fujitsu Limited's first overseas subsidiary
- Opens Akashi Plant after Kobe Kogyo Corporation merger
- Opens Minamitama Plant
- Releases FACOM230-60 which becomes runaway best seller
- Implements Nationwide regional bank online system
- Delivers online deposit system to Dai-Ichi Bank, Ltd. (now Mizuho Bank)
Nationwide regional bank online system
- America's Apollo 11 lands on lunar surface and first human walks on the moon
- Exports C400 crossbar switching system to Taiwan
- Delivers Japan's first submarine repeater (CS-10M, 900ch) to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation
- Completes multiplex radio communication network (2500km) in Malaysia
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.