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History of Shimadzu Corporation
Shimadzu Corporation manufactures and sells precision machinery mainly in the following four sectors: analytical and measuring instruments, medical systems, aircraft parts, and industrial equipment. Genzo Shimadzu Sr., who repaired to Seimikyoku, a chemical technology research and education institute operated by the Japanese government at that time, founded Shimadzu Corporation in 1875 with the ambition of establishing Japan as a nation focused on scientific research and application. Shimadzu’s current corporate philosophy encompasses this founding principle: “Contributing to Society through Science and Technology.”

In the years shortly after its founding, Shimadzu Corporation worked on manufacturing physical and chemical instruments for education applications. In 1909, Genzo Shimadzu Jr., who was later called the “Japanese Edison”, developed the first medical X-ray device in Japan, expanding the company into the medical device market. Moreover, the business developed industrial X-ray devices in 1933 and started manufacturing aircraft equipment in 1936, steadily diversifying its business.

Shimadzu Corporation had its sights set on globalization early in its history, beginning its overseas expansion with a base in New York in the United States in 1963. Currently it has offices operating in various locations around the world including North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

With its distinctive philosophy, solid corporate management, and quick decision-making in business diversification and globalization, Shimadzu Corporation is deservedly known as a leading Japanese company. This reputation was strengthened further when a staff scientist received the Nobel Prize in 2002.

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