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Co-Founder of Casio and G-Shock Watch Kazuo Kashio Dies at Age 89 from Pneumonia

C0-Founder of Casio and G-Shock Watch Kazuo Kashio Dies at Age 89 from Pneumonia

Co-Founder of Casio Computer and G-Shock Watch Kazuo Kashio, had died of aspiration pneumonia at the age of 89 on the 18th June 2018 at a hospital in Tokyo.  Kazuo Kashio is the 3rd President and current Chairman & CEO of Casio Computer.

” Founder of Casio and G-Shock Watcher Kazuo Kashio Dies at Age 89 from Pneumonia “

Born in 1929, Kazuo Kashio (age 89, 1929-2018) was the 3rd of four Kashio brothers who founded Casio in 1957 by developing the world’s first compact all-electric calculator,  Casio 14-A.  In 1972, he led the development team and introduced the personal calculator Casio Mini. In 1983, he released the internationally recognized brand G-SHOCK wristwatches, which turned out its 100 millionth edition in August 2018.  Kazuo Kashio was one of the early pioneers into digital camera, with the launch of digital camera QV-10 in 1995.

Kazuo Kashio was the 3rd president succeeding his brother, the late 2nd President and founder, Kashio Tadao in 1988.  Kashio Tadao had set up his own business called Kashio Seisakujo, a small subcontractor factory that made microscope parts and gears in 1947. After years of product development, he was joined by his younger brothers Toshio, Kazuo, and Yukio.  They successfully developed the world’s first compact all-electric calculator – Casio 14-A, and registered the company in 1957 after signing a contract with Uchida Yoko as the exclusive dealer.  The brothers asked their father, Shigeru to be the first President.

Today, Casio Computer is one of the most recognisable consumer electronic brand in calculators, electronic dictionaries, digital cameras and watches.  It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a market value of $4.13 billion (JPY 459 billion, 3/7/18).  In 2017, it reported annual revenue of $2.84 billion (JPY 315 billion) and net profit of $180 million in 2017.

Source: CasioJapan Times, The Washington Post

 

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