Distinctive Graduates

There are over 210,000 TDU graduates. TDU has brought essence of science and technology to the world and has made multiple effects on actual social activities such as R&D, dissemination of frontier technology and corporation management. TDU graduates have been making great achievements in not only in Japan but also in the whole world.

“Have a grand dream, and make it real!” Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility (ASIMO)

Satoshi Shigemi, Head of Robot Development at Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

Photo courtesy of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. ASIMO (current version)Photo courtesy of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
ASIMO (current version)

TDU graduate Satoshi Shigemi has been directing the development of the Honda’s humanoid robot, ASIMO, as the company’s supervisor of robot development. Honda R&D Co., Ltd. started its humanoid robot research and development in 1986, and Shigemi has been engaged in the project since its inception. The project’s goal is to develop a robot that interacts with people, serves their needs, and gains their favor. The project began with research of “human movement,” when the team tackled the challenges developing a robot that could easily walk, run, and grab – actions people do unconsciously. Their persistent efforts finally have borne fruit; the original ASIMO was born in 2000. The 2011 evolution of ASIMO has the world’s first autonomous behavior control technology. Shigemi says he developed his interest in technological fields in TDU’s free atmosphere; since then he has broadened his view of the engineering world with ASIMO’s development. “The greatest pleasure of this project is discovering so much about how great human beings are, though a lot remains to be accomplished.” ASIMO will keep evolving until the dream of “helping people and enriching their lives” comes true.

“A technology is not an adventure. With strong confidence I can make it.”

Toshio Kashio, Inventor, Co-founder of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
Honorary Doctorate of TDU

Photo courtesy of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. G-SHOCK (a design evolved from the original model)Photo courtesy of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
G-SHOCK (a design evolved from the original model)

Kashio was touched by Edison’s biography and aimed to be an inventor.
He recalled that his studies at Denki School (now TDU) were of great benefit in his subsequent R&D projects.
Always an original thinker interested in pursuing the nature of things, Kashio spent seven years commercializing a compact all-electric calculator, and then did the same for watches and electronic musical instruments based on what he’d learned from the calculator’s technologies. He developed the first world’s automatic calendar wristwatch, CASIOTRON, in 1974. The G-SHOCK, a shock-resistant wristwatch evolved from CASIOTRON in 1983.
This evolution established a new concept of wristwatches – and made the brand CASIO a worldwide name. “I invent things we need but that nobody in the world has yet noticed we need.” Kashio famously said, “Don’t let your dream be just a dream; make it real. Reach for the sky.”

Companies at which TDU graduates serve as CEOs, presidents, or board chairpersons

13 TDU graduates represent listed companies (ranked 36th in Japanese universities) and 73 alumni and alumnae work for listed companies as board members (ranked 54th in Japanese universities)

Company Name Stated Capital (in M¥) Number of Employees
Alpine Electronics, Inc. 25,900 11,343
Central Japan Railway Company 112,000 28,741
Doshisha Corporation 4,900 1,827
Fuji Latex Co., Ltd. 643 263
Fuji Soft Incorporated 26,200 10,494
Funai Electric Co., Ltd. 31,300 3,604
Furubayashi Shiko Co., Ltd. 2,100 642
K’s Holdings Corporation 12,900 1,589
Kameda Seika Co., Ltd. 1,900 3,043
Kandenko Co., Ltd. 10,200 8,839
Ki Holdings Co., Ltd. 9,200 1,589
Komaihaltec Inc. 6,600 505
Macnica Fuji Electronics Holdings, Inc. 10,000 2,360
Mystar Engineering Corp. 981 1,796
Sekonic Holdings Corporation 1,600 602
Sodick Co., Ltd. 20,700 3,183
System Information Co., Ltd. 300 336
Systems Design Co., Ltd. 333 445
Taikisha Ltd. 6,400 4,795
Techno Horizon Holdings Co., Ltd. 2,500  *1 1,090
Teikoku Tsushin Kogyo Co., Ltd. 3,400 2,554
Topcon Corporation 16,600 4,148
Toyo Electric Corporation 1,000 523
Yamaka Electric Construction Co., Ltd. 989 120
*1: Consolidated basis

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