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About Panasonic

Corporate History

Innovative Products
1956

Automatic rice cooker



The company's first electric, automatic rice cooker, the EC-36, employing a sheathed heater and a thermostat was put on the market in 1956.
The EC-36 used a direct heating system, in which the inner pot was in direct contact with a heating plate. A heavy lid was used to prevent steam from escaping, and improved heat retention conditions were provided. With these unique design features, together with the very efficient sheathed heater and the thermostat, the automatic rice cooker took the initiative in the field.
This electric automatic rice cooker streamlined housework, causing a sudden increase in demand for automatic rice cookers, unlike that for any other home appliances, which led to what is called the rice cooker boom of 1957.

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