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February 15, 2017updated 10 Mar 2017 5:00pm

What is Hitachi?

The Japanese company was nearly eradicated in World War II - find out how it survived and became one of the biggest companies in the world.

By Ellie Burns

Hitachi is a Japanese multinational conglomerate headquartered in Tokyo.

The company operates a total of eleven business segments such as, Information & Telecommunication systems, Social infrastructure, Automotive Systems & Equipment, Digital Media and Financial Services, among others.

Founded in 1910 by electrical engineer Namihei Odaira, the company’s first product was Japan’s first 5-horsepower electric induction motor for the copper mining industry. The company has since grown to be a well known name in IT, being most famous in this segment for its disk arrays, servers, mainframe computers and software.

The name Hitachi comes from the combination of two kanji characters – hi meaning ‘sun’ and ‘tachi’ meaning rise.

 

How did Hitachi survive World War II?

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