Artifact Details

Title

Kubo, Tokuo oral history

Catalog Number

102740046

Type

Text

Date

2014-12-10

Contributor

Dennis, Eric, Videographer
Kubo, Tokuo, Interviewee
Myers, Stanley T., Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Tokyo, Japan

Extent

26 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

[This oral history is one of seven recorded in December 2014 with former leaders in the Japanese semiconductor industry. ]

Kubo-san began his career in 1956, joining Nissho Company Limited, a trading company, where he learned about the semiconductor industry. After working in New York with Nissho, he returned to Tokyo, where he founded a new company called Tokyo Electron (TEL). This new company was to be trading company to import and sell semiconductor manufacturing equipment to the Japanese companies who were entering the semiconductor business. This company grew to be a major factor in the Japanese semiconductor ecosystem, not only as a trading company, but as an equipment manufacturer as well.

Towards the end of this oral history, Kubo-san discusses the trends and challenges for the industry and Japan moving forward, including cultural changes required in Japanese companies.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Tokyo Electron Ltd; semiconductor history; TEL; Japanese semiconductor; Nissho; Kulicke & Soffa

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Series Title

Japanese semiconductor pioneers

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7368.2015