Title and Description Page
Family History and Early Life Experiences 1
Father's interest in physical chemistry and music. Childhood experiences in the 1920s and 1930s. The effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Early interest in science and technology. Shadowing his father on visits to chemical companies and former students. Attending the Konan Boys' High School. The cure for rheumatoid arthritis. Life lessons learned while playing rugby. Career aspirations and the decision to attend Kyoto Imperial University.
Kyoto Imperial University and World War II 22
The effects of World War II. Professor Bunsaku Arakatsu as a teacher and researcher. The academic excellence of Kyoto Imperial University. The university's influence on the formation of the Kyoto Consortium of Schools. Decision to join the Japanese military. Meeting and marrying Mikiko Horiba. The Horiba System and the war effort. Thesis work on the digital counter circuit. The effect of American occupation on Japanese research. The decision to leave Kyoto Imperial University and start a private laboratory.
Horiba Radio Laboratory 38
Reasons for establishing the laboratory. Early products: power outage emergency lamp, high-speed counter, and medical products. Quality concerns and the need to mass-produce high-quality capacitors. The search for investors and the financial burdens of the Korean War. A new business. Japan's need for a better pH meter. Comparison to the competition: the Beckman pH meter. Reflection on the opinions of family, friends, and clients on the establishment of Horiba Radio Laboratory.
HORIBA, Ltd.: the Company 63
The incorporation of Horiba Radio Laboratory into HORIBA, Ltd. Continued development of a commercial pH meter. Partnership with Kitahama Works Company, Ltd. Inorganic single crystal windows and the infrared gas analyzer. Assistance from Kyoto Imperial University in the form of a graduate student, Masahiro Oura. Reflection on the importance of Japanese instrumentation over the past fifty years. Manufacturing of infrared gas analyzers and encouragement from the president of Applied Physics Corporation. Relationship with Hitachi, Ltd. and the double brand name HITACHI-HORIBA. Medical applications for infrared technology. Interest in medical science and motivation to earn a doctorate studying blood serum. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry's interest in HORIBA technology. Oura's work on the MEXA analyzer. Listing on the Osaka Stock Exchange. Venturing into the American market with Olson-HORIBA Inc. The importance of making quality instruments. As the world standard in emissions testing. The importance of companies working together to produce standardized instrumentation. The formation of STEC Inc. and the mass flow controller. Listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
HORIBA, Ltd.: the Corporate Philosophy 116
The importance of a corporate motto in Japan. Motto contest among employees. The meaning of "Joy and Fun." The need to "let the nail stand out." The ultimate goal. Retirement is like the passing of a rugby ball. Atsushi Horiba's evolving role in HORIBA. Oura's retirement.
Current interests. Opinion on the state of Japanese society and the need for change. Reflection on personal innovations in corporate management. The importance of venture capitalism.