EP# 016: Konosuke Matsushita: Overcoming Adversity (Part II)

Part II continues the amazing story of Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic. If his early life was not incredible enough, the start of WWII puts the company and Matsushita in uncharted territory as the Japanese Imperial Army puts incredible pressure on the company to support the war effort.

Matsushita’s experiences during WWII led him on a spiritual journey to change the world and help humanity. His never ending creativity and innovation to transform society to help all of mankind moved him beyond business to help Japan overcome massive changes and ensure a great future for his country and the world. Well into his 80s, Matsushita was still innovating and working hard to improve society.

Show notes (with time stamps)

Introduction: 00:00 – 00: 52

WWII: 00:58 - 12:05

Growth: 12:09 - 34:05

PHP & Human Behavior: 34:08 - 45:48

Awards: 45:51 - 47:43

Conclusion: 47:47 - 52:38


Artist: Scott Holmes

Album: Road Trip

Track: Indie Rock


Quest for Prosperity: The Life of a Japanese Industrialist by Konosuke Matsushita

The Matsushita Phenomena by Roland Gould

Matsushita Leadership by John P. Kotter

Not for Bread Alone by Konosuke Matsushita

A Century of Matsushita Konosuke and His People-First Philosophy by Eguchi Katsuhiko. Retrieved from https://www.nippon.com/en/column/g00512/