Wakasa, Masatoshi
Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation. Information Resources Center. Librarian

Resources on Shibusawa Eiichi

Shibusawa Eiichi (1841-1930) was a businessman and social entrepreneur who contributed to the development of modern Japan during the Meiji and early Showa eras. With the recent announcement that his portrait will be on the new Japanese banknotes to be issued in 2024, he has begun attracting increased attention.

Eiichi is said to have been involved in as many as 500 companies and 600 organizations, but given the large scope it is difficult to gain a clear picture of his involvements. In an attempt to partially alleviate this, our foundation complied and digitized the Name Change Charts of Companies and Organizations Related to Shibusawa Eiichi. This digital resource is divided by industry such as “Finance” or “Education” and provides a visual representation of the development of companies and organizations related to Shibusawa Eiichi through their name changes.

In my presentation I will use the Name Change Charts as a tool to look at Eiichi’s business and other involvements and thereby think about his significance to the field of Japanese studies.

渋沢栄一を知る: 渋沢栄一関連会社名・団体名変遷図を活用して