Tokuji Hayakawa was born in Tokyo, Japan back in 1893. He was adopted, where he left primary school after the second grade to his family’s poverty. He found work as a maker of metallic ornaments to help the family survive. He died in Tokyo in 1980, he was 86.
What you may not know about Tokuji is that he was an inventor also. He invented the “Tokubijō.” It was a belt buckle that used rollers to fasten a belt without puncturing it. His first order was the 4,752 buckles. He opened his own foundry the Hayakawa Kinzoku Kōgyō making the buckle. In 1915, he invented the “Ever Ready Sharp” mechanical pencil, hence the name of his company changed to the Sharp Corporation. Interesting on how corporations, companies get their name isn’t it?
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