The vision of Sharp Electronics Corporation is to create products that support a balance between work time and personal time by improving people's lives at work, at home, and everywhere in between. Sharp consumer electronics can enhance your enjoyment, add to your comfort and open new perspectives. Sharp business products can boost your productivity and reduce costs. Sharp products are designed to help individuals, families, and corporate teams connect effortlessly, communicate clearly, and unleash creativity like never before. Sharp is dedicated to improving people's lives through the use of advanced technology and a commitment to innovation, quality, value and design.
Sharp does not seek to expand business volume. Rather, Sharp is dedicated to the use of unique, innovative technology to contribute to the culture, benefits and welfare of people throughout the world. It is the intention of our corporation to grow hand-in-hand with our employees, encouraging and aiding them to reach their full potential and improve their standard of living. Sharp Corporation is dedicated to two principal ideals: Sincerity and Creativity. By committing to these ideals, Sharp derives genuine satisfaction from its work, while making a meaningful contribution to society.
Sharp Corporation – Beginnings
In 1912, founder Tokuji Hayakawa, was awarded a patent for the "Tokubijo" snap buckle (he was 18 years old at the time). On September 15, 1912, he established a small metalworking shop in Tokyo. The company began with three employees and initial capital of just less than 50 yen.
Mr. Hayakawa continued to research and improve techniques to manufacture a metal writing instrument which, at the time, had not yet been developed. In 1915, he invented a mechanical pencil named the "Ever-Sharp Pencil" that took the world by storm. The name of the company today and its trademark are derived from this product.
In May 1935, the structure of the company was modified to become a joint-stock corporation under the name Hayakawa Metal Works Institute Co.
Today Sharp Corporation has an employee count worldwide of 64,600.