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About Panasonic

Panasonic Konosuke Matsushita Museum

Short Stories about the Museum
The Matsushita Institute of Government and Management and a Bronze Statue of Konosuke at the Institute
In September 12, 1978, Konosuke Matsushita announced that he would found the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management (MIGM) with himself as Director and Principal. Its purpose was to develop leaders in political and other fields with a view to make Japan an ideal country in the 21st century. He funded the institution with an outlay of 7 billion yen from his own pocket.

On April 1, 1980, during a ceremony for the admission of students of the inaugural class, Konosuke spoke as follows: “This is a place where students are expected to develop themselves by trying to find answers to questions through their own efforts. After attending this institute for the minimum period of three years, you will be equipped to put into practice a considerable body of learning about politics and economics. As we move into the future, we must always think about putting into practice whatever we have learned. For that, you need strong faith. Your major task at the institute is to develop that faith. After your three years at the institute, you will attain a certain degree of accomplishment. Then, you should spend the following two years preaching on the streets or preparing for the future by working in different milieus of society. So, over the course of five years, you are going to develop understanding of all aspects of human activities. You must attain such a level of understanding that, immediately after graduating from the institute, you would be ready to serve as Minister of Education if you were to be asked to assume that office.”

Konosuke Matsushita passed away in April 1989. On July 23 of that year, a Gathering of Disciples was held to commemorate both the founder and the 10th anniversary of the institute. This included a ceremony for the unveiling of a bronze statue of Konosuke produced under the direction of the distinguished sculptor Denchu Hiragushi by his disciple, Taizo Hamada. The statue stands at 2.4 meters and weighs 300 kilograms.

You will find smaller bronze statues of Konosuke, approximately one third the size, at the Konosuke Matsushita Museum and at the Matsushita Memorial Library.


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