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.
Satoshi Shigemi, Head of Robot Development at Honda R&D Co., Ltd.
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.
Toshio Kashio, Inventor, Co-founder of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
Honorary Doctorate of TDU
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.”
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|
|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|
|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|
|Techno Horizon Holdings Co., Ltd.||2,500||*1 1,090|
|Teikoku Tsushin Kogyo Co., Ltd.||3,400||2,554|
|Toyo Electric Corporation||1,000||523|
|Yamaka Electric Construction Co., Ltd.||989||120|