A Japanese inventor and industrialist, Sakidi Toyodo is ranked as the 13th most influential businessman of all time. He is actually the great mind behind the popular and ever productive and eventful Toyota Motor Corporation. You may think that a man as successful as him started big and was simply born rich but actually, he is a son of a poor carpenter. He used to live in the village of Yamaguchi in Shizuoka Prefecture. He was back then known to be independent and naturally smart. When he reached twenty year old, he decided to take a different path in his life making him decide to leave his village and take chances in Tokyo. He was exposed to factories offering the latest machinery leading him to having such interest and passion for machines and motors.
Sakidi Toyoda started researching about the familiar objects that surround him and from there start inventing things that he found interesting and beneficial. Toyoda started small and just worked hard for his status. This man, basically, worked hard for everything that he owns now and a model and inspiration to every Japanese dreamer. He made several inventions in Japan making him known as the “King of Japanese Inventors”. Some of his most famous inventions are weaving devices and the automatic power loom.
It was through his invention of the automatic power loom that autonomous automation or the principle of Jidoka came into existence and actually greatly benefitted his founded company. Jikoda works in such a way that it is able to detect occurring problems and as these are detected, the machine stops working. This then became an essential machine used in the Toyota Production System. The success of Sakichi’s looms was overwhelming. With this, he continued to invent new automated-loom technologies leading to new partnerships and inevitable breakups with some companies such as Mitsui & Co. During the Russo-Japanese War, a lot has changed to the way people accepted his ideas. It was also during that time that textile industries went down. With this, he had no choice but to stop his research and development efforts and quit his job at Toyoda Loom Works Ltd. This unfortunate circumstance didn’t stop him from pursuing what he thinks he does best and instead of really giving up, he resorted to other means of maximizing his interest and decided to observe the loom industry in U.S.
There is more to the experiences, downfalls, and achievements of Toyoda and he will always be known as one of the best inventors and businessmen in Japan.
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