1894 – 1918 From Birth to Starting a Business (until 23 years old)
|1894||Born on November 27 in Wakayama Prefecture, third son of Masakusu and Tokue Matsushita. |
|1899||4||His father loses home and farmland in rice speculation. Family moves to Wakayama City.|
|1900||5||His second eldest brother dies of illness.|
|1902||7||His father moves to Osaka alone, and works in Moa-In, a private school for the blind and deaf-mute.|
|1904||9||Leaves school in fourth grade to take up apprenticeship at Miyata Hibachi Shop in Minami Ward (now Chuo Ward), Osaka.|
|1905||10||Begins apprenticeship at Godai Bicycle Shop in Semba, Higashi Ward (now Chuo Ward), Osaka.|
|1906||11||His father dies.|
|1910||15||Resigns from Godai Bicycle Shop, and takes on temporary job at Sakura Cement Co. |
Joins Osaka Electric Light Company as interior wiring assistant.
|1911||16||Promoted to installation technician, at the youngest age in the company.|
|1913||18||Enrolls in Kansai Commercial and Industrial School course in Osaka. |
His mother dies.
|1914||19||Drops out of Kansai Commercial and Industrial School.|
|1915||20||Marries 19-year-old Mumeno Iue on September 4.|
|1916||21||Files an application for a new light socket design for practical use.|
|1917||22||Promoted to inspector, at the youngest age in company. |
Quits Osaka Electric Light Company; begins manufacturing and selling sockets in Ikaino, Higashinari County (now Higashinari Ward), Osaka.
|1918||23||Founds Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works (now the Panasonic Group) on March 7 in Ohiraki-cho, Kita Ward (now Fukushima Ward), Osaka. |
Starts selling new model attachment plugs and two-way plug sockets.