Sharp Corporation is a Japanese electronics manufacturer, founded in 1912. It takes its name from one of its founder's first inventions, the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil, which was invented by Tokuji Hayakawa in 1915.
1912: Tokuji Hayakawa came up with the idea for a buckle for Western style pant belts after seeing movie of people with their belts tied and the ends hanging down in front. This smart-looking buckle, which Hayakawa called the Tokubijo, allowed the user to adjust the belt length, even if there were no holes. He received a patent for his invention and started a company to make produce these buckles
1915: Tokuji Hayakawa invented a pencil that uses replaceable lead cores to
stay sharp all the time. The product was called the Ever-Sharp Pencil, and later
shortened to just Sharp pencil.
1925: First Japan-made radio
1953: First Japan-made TV
1964: World's first electronic calculator
2005: Expanding solar cell production capacity. Sharp's solar cell production capacity in 2005 was the world's highest for the sixth year in a row, and Sharp was highly rated as a leading environmental company.
"Make products that others want to imitate" is the autobiography of Tokuji Hayakawa