Just after the end of World War II, Nobuo Ishibashi founded Daiwa House Industry with the goal of contributing to the development of Japanese society. He conceived the idea of "industrializing" construction, and came up with the concept of using steel pipes for the structural framework of a house. Daiwa House Industry started off as a very small enterprise, but subsequently grew strongly thanks to Mr. Ishibashi's refusal to accept conventional approaches, the warm-hearted way in which he nurtured the Company's employees to bring out their full potential, and his uncompromising pursuit of his long-held dreams for the future.
Nobuo Ishibashi has passed on his dream and his ambitions to us, and from here onward, we will continue pursuing new dreams with all our might.
Now, let's take a look at the path trod by Nobuo Ishibashi and the Daiwa House Group.
Nobuo Ishibashi was both the founder of Daiwa House Industry and a pioneer of prefabricated housing in Japan who played a major part in raising the living standards of the Japanese people. Hereunder, we follow the history of Mr. Ishibashi himself and of the Daiwa House Group, which has inherited his high ambitions, and which – in its capacity as a group that co-creates value for individuals, communities, and people's lifestyles – continues to tackle the issues confronted by society in Japan and the world as a whole.
The Life and Achievements of Our Founder – Nobuo Ishibashi
Nobuo Ishibashi, the founder of Daiwa House Industry, constantly held firm to his belief that no matter what difficulties each successive generation may bring, we should adopt a positive attitude, try to forecast future trends, and work to put onto the market the products and services that society needs. In this section, we look at his life and achievements, and introduce the "dream" that was his principal legacy to the Company.
Nobuo Ishibashi created a company whose business operations were built on the idea of offering society the things that it really needed. He was the driving force behind three major developments that made a significant contribution to the rapid growth of the Japanese economy in the postwar period – the Construction Revolution, the Housing Revolution, and the Lifestyle Revolution. And although Mr. Ishibashi has passed away, his spirit lives on in the Group's continuing creation of new markets through new technologies. We call this process New Value Creation, and class it as the fourth of the "revolutions" that can be traced back to our founder, Nobuo Ishibashi.
In this museum, you can view the achievements of our founder, Nobuo Ishibashi. In his 81 years of life, as a pioneer in the prefabricated housing industry Mr. Ishibashi made a significant contribution to improving the living standards of the Japanese population. His great dream was always to contribute to the development of Japanese society, and to this end he became a standard-bearer for the industrialization of the construction industry. We hope that the material presented in the museum will enable you to feel and understand for yourselves Mr. Ishibashi's personality and his aspirations for the Company he founded and for society as a whole.