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Tanaka Hisashige, Japan's Thomas Edison Gets A Google Logo - Search Engine Roundtable

If you visit Google Japan today, Tuesday, you will see a special animated logo for Tanaka Hisashige. Here is a higher resolution picture of the Doodle: Google Japan's Tanaka Hisashige Logo. Tanaka Hisashige is often referred to as the "Thomas Edison of ...

Tanaka Hisashige was a Japanese rangaku scholar, engineer and inventor during the Bakumatsu and early Meiji period in Japan. In 1875 he founded what became the Toshiba Corporation. He has been called the "Thomas Edison of Japan" or "Karakuri Giemon."

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Born (1799-10-16)October 16, 1799
Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Died November 7, 1881(1881-11-07) (aged 82)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese

Tanaka Hisashige (田中 久重, October 16, 1799 – November 7, 1881) was a Japanese rangaku scholar, engineer and inventor during the Bakumatsu and early Meiji period in Japan. In 1875 he founded what became the Toshiba Corporation. He has been called the "Thomas Edison of Japan" or "Karakuri Giemon."