From WE Computers Museum
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Type Public
Founded September 15, 1912 (Hayakawa Metal Works)
1942 (Hayakawa Electric Industry)
1970 (Sharp Corporation)
Headquarters Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Key people Tokuji Hayakawa, founder
Industry computers
Products computers
Number of people not disclosed
Website N/A

Sharp Corporation (シャープ株式会社, Shāpu Kabushiki-gaisha) is a multinational electronics company based in Japan.

Hayakawa Metal Works

On September 15, 1912, Tokuji Hayakawa established a metal workshop in Tokyo, Japan. In 1915, he invented the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil, which gave the company its future name.

In 1923, the Great Kantō earthquake destroyed the pencil business, so the company was moved to Osaka. The company was established as Hayakawa Metal Works in 1924 in Tanabe-cho, Osaka.

Hayakawa Electric Industry

In 1942, Hayakawa Metal Works was renamed Hayakawa Electric Industry.

Sharp Corporation

The company was renamed Sharp Corporation in 1970.